Isaac W. Hassell, the popular hotel proprietor and farmer of Sardis, was born October 19, 1838, in Perry, now Decatur County, and is a son of Nathaniel G. and Pena A. (Raphael) Hassell, both natives of North Carolina. The father was born in 1800, and immigrated to Tennessee in 1836. The following year he married. He was a tanner by trade, and his death occurred in 1858, in Hardin County. His wife, who was born in 1818, married the second time, to Mr. A. B. Craig, who is also deceased. Mrs. Craig resides in Sardis. Isaac W. remained at home until his majority. He then began teaching school, which he continued for ten years in Henderson and Hardin Counties. October 7, 1866, he married Miss Miranda Hanna, a native of Henderson Co., born Jan. 10, 1843, and the daughter of Capt. James Hanna, a well known and prominent man. To Mr. and Mrs. Hassell seven children have been born: James A., Emma D., Mary L, John W., Minnie A., Nellie and Isaac W. Nellie died August 5, 1879, at four years of age. In 1871 Mr. Hassel moved to his present place of residence. He built the first house and was the first postmaster in Sardis. He sold goods at that place for three years, after which he gave his attention to agriculture, and now owns 200 acres of good land. He operated a cotton-gin from 1874 until 1884. The past four years have been devoted to hotel-keeping in Sardis, and he does all in his power for the pleasure and accommodation of his guests and consequently receives a liberal patronage. He was a strong Union man and is now a Republican, casting his first presidential vote for John C. Breckenridge in 1860. He is a Mason of good standing, belonging to Lodge No. 267, Saltillo, Tenn. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Hassell is a man of strong character and independent nature, advocating a principle if he believes it to be right, regardless of the opinions of others. He is enterprising and genial and is held in high regard.
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