Clark Diffee, a prosperous farmer and well known resident of the Second District, was born in Henderson County in 1832; is the second of a family of six children born to Moses and Mary (Lollar) Diffee. The father was born in Randolph County, N.C. in 1806; was of English descent. In 1828 he immigrated to Henderson County, with his father, John Diffee. After his marriage he settled in the Seventh District on the old home place; the last few years of his life were spent with his son Clark; his death occurred in 1876, He was one of the earliest settlers, most substantial farmers and respected citizens of the county. His wife was born in the same State and county as himself, in 1807, and died in 1873. Clark Diffee remained with his parents until the war between the North and South broke out. He entered the Confederate service in May 1861, enlisting in Company I, Thirteenth Regiment Tennessee Infantry. He participated in the engagements at Belmont, Shiloh, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Atlanta, Nashville, Franklin and many skirmishes. He was on active duty until December 24, 1864, when he returned home. During the entire time of his gallant service, he was fortunate enough to have never received a severe wound, nor to have been made a prisoner. August 29, 1867, he married Miss Mary B., daughter of Dr. John Parsons. Mrs. Diffee was born in Decatur County, in 1848; is the mother of six children: Robert L,, John T., Dora B., Bettie May, Charles V. and Johnnie. In 1868 Mr. Diffee purchased 838 acres of land in the Second District where he located and has since resided. He has all modern improvements and best of buildings on his place, and owns in all, about 954 acres. For the past ten years he has been running a cotton-gin, ginning, on an average, about forty bales a season. He is one of the most enterprising and successful farmers in the county, where he is universally esteemed. He is a staunch Democrat; gave his first vote in 1856 for Filmore. His wife is a devoted and respected member of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Goodspeeds History of Tennessee
Clark Diffee 19 Feb 1832 - 17 APril 1911 buried at Hepzbah Cemetery

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