J. A. Teague, clerk of the county court, was born in Henderson County in 1843, a son of J. W. and Alice (Fuller) Teague. The father was of Scotch-Irish origin, born in 1818 in Chatham County, N.C. In 1825 he with his father, Isaac Teague, immigrated to Middle Tennessee, locating in Warren County, where he remained two years; in 1827 settled in the Seventh District of Henderson County and purchased a plantation and turned his attention to agriculture. J. W. was about fourteen years of age when he came to Tennessee, where he resided at the time of his marriage. He settled in the Tenth District where he lived until 1883 when he returned to the Seventh District. His death occurred in 1885 at the ripe age of seventy-two. The mother was born in Henderson County in 1819. She raised a family of five children; all are now living, our subject being the second; his educational advantages were limited, having attended school only about five months. When hostilities broke out between the North and South, he enlisted in the United States Army, August, 1862, in the Seventh Tennessee Cavalry. He participated in many skirmishes. At Union City, Tenn., he was captured and taken prisoner to Andersonville, afterward to Florence and thence to Charleston; after being retained eleven months he made his escape. February, 1865; made his way to the Federal lines, remaining with them until the surrender, reaching home August. 1865. In 1866 he formed a partnership with L. A. Teague, establishing a large grocery, thus continuing for three years. He was sole proprietor until 1878, in that year was elected circuit court clerk by a majority of 522, showing to a considerable extent his popularity. He has always been a Republican one of the leading members of that party. For nineteen years he has been a Master Mason, belongs to Blue Lodge No. 64, Chapter 37; he is a K. of H., Lodge No. 189, and a member of A. O. U. W., Lodge No. 32. October 7, 1868, he married Miss N. L. Bird of Lexington, born in 1851 and is a daughter of W. R. Bird. Mr. and Mrs. Teague have an interesting family of six children: James J., Arthur, Hattie, Ernest E., Wm. H. and Birdie. Mrs. Teague is an estimable lady and an earnest member of the Methodist Episcopal Church

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