E. J. Timberlake, a prominent farmer of the Seventeenth District, was born in Henderson County in 1845; was one of a family of five children born to Richard and Tabitha (Trice) Timberlake. The father was of Scotch origin, born in Franklin County, N.C., in 1788, and moved to Henderson County in 1826, settling in the Tenth District, three miles north of Lexington. He was twice married and the father of eleven children. His first wife was Mary Neal; the second wife, and mother of E. J., was born in Orange County, N.C., in 1802, and departed this life in 1875. Mr. Timberlake was one of the oldest settlers and substantial men of the county, where he was generally known. At the time of his death, which occurred in 1860, he was the possessor of about 2,000 acres of valuable land. Our subject received a liberal education in the schools of his native county, attending the University of North Carolina during 1859 and 1860. He taught school several months during the war; in 1862 married Miss Louisa H. Small, who was born in Henderson County in 1844, a daughter of Alex Small. They have seven children: Eddie, wife of John E. McCall; Louanna; Edward; Richard; Charles; Jessie and Kato. Mrs. Timberlake is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1863 Mr.Timberlake located on a 200-acre tract of land given him by his father, which is situated four and a half miles from Lexington; with the exception of seven years spent in town he has lived on the place since the year after his marriage. He is one of the leading Democrats of the County, he was elected circuit court clerk in 1870 and in 1874 was a member of the Thirty-ninth Legislature. He is a K. of H., belonging to Stonewall Lodge, No. 199, of Jackson; is also a member of the A. O. U. W. Mr. Timberlake is an extensive landholder, a prosperous farmer and worthy citizen.

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Timberlake, Edward J. (1843-1909)

HOUSE, 39th General Assembly, 1875-77; representing Henderson County; Democrat. Born in Henderson County May 26, 1843, but one source gives the year 1845; son of Richard and Tabitha (Trice) Timberlake. Attended University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1859-60; studied law. Married in 1862 to Louisa H. Small, native of Henderson County, daughter of Alex Small; children--Addie, Louanna H., Edward J., Richard, Charles H., Kate, and John D. Described as lawyer, banker, farmer; made home at Timberlake, a small community in Henderson County; taught school several months during Civil War; in 1863, located on two-hundred acre farm at Timberlake, five miles north of Lexington; had been cashier of Bank of Lexington; organized, 1907, Central State Bank of which he was president at time of death. Circuit court clerk, 1870-72; appointed revenue commissioner of county, 1904. In Confederate army; enlisted at Jacks Creek, then in Madison County, later in Chester County, July 1, 1863, as pvt. in Co. H, 21st (Wilson?s) Tenn. Cav.; no further information on military career; member United Confederate Veterans. Sunday school superintendent in Methodist Episcopal Church, South; member Knights of Honor; Ancient Order of United Workmen; Farmers Institute. Died at home in Timberlake Oct. 9, 1909; buried in Beech River Cemetery, Henderson County.

Sources: Lexington Progress, Dec. 5, 1901; Aug. 7 and Nov. 12, 1903; Jan. 8, 1904; Oct. 29, 1909; Powers, History of Henderson County, 140; Bolen, Henderson County History, 7; Goodspeed, History of Henderson County, 859; U.S. Census, 1870, 1880, Henderson County; information supplied by William L. Barry, Lexington and Nashville; Henderson County Bible Records and Tombstone Inscriptions, 45; microcopy Tenn. Confederate Service Records, roll 74.

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