District 1








The History of Hickman County, Tennessee (1900)

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District 1 in Hickman County, TN included Council's Bend, Mayberry's Bend, Shipp's Bend, Bear Creek, Little Piney, Indian Creek, Mill Hollow, Defeated Creek, Haley's Creek, Gray's Bend, Eason's Bend and a portion of Swan Creek.  District 1 also includes the county seat of Centerville which is near the center of the district.

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Early Settlers in Districts 1, Hickman County, TN


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Alexander, Ephraim Lived on Swan Creek in 1830.
Arnold, William An early settler on Haley's Creek.
Aydelott, Samuel Taught school on Swan Creek in 1835 and 1836.
Bean, Samuel A very large man who was the first jailer at Centerville.
Bird, William Was one of the first settlers at Centerville.  He is also mentioned in the section on the 7th District.  He came here from Bird's Creek in 1823.  He was a typical pioneer.  At the time of his marriage he could not read and write, these arts being taught him by his wife.
Broome, Troy S. Was born in North Carolina on February 22, 1806.  He was the son of Jonathan Broome.  In 1835 he married Mary E. Gannt, and after her death, he, in 1843, married Mary E. Sebastian, daughter of Dr. Samuel Sebastian.  He  was the father of John P. and Samuel T. Broome, and of a daughter, Sallie.
Bullock, John (Maj.) Major Bullock ran a hotel in Centerville from 1842 to 1845.  He was also at one time a merchant here.  He is the father of Lee Bullock.
Cantrell, Elijah (Sr.) Settled on Persimmon Branch which is included in Gray's Bend about 1810.  He was the father of Elijah Jr., Brown and Pinkney.  Pinkney Cantrell emigrated to Texas in 1865.  Elijah Jr. died on this branch at the age of seventy-six. 
Cash, Emily (Mrs.) School teacher in this district.  She was the mother of Dr. T. W. Cash.  Her daughter, Mary, (who was also a school teacher in the 1st district) married Howell Shouse, who was an extensive live-stock dealer and raiser.  He was at one time a deputy sheriff.  Another daughter, Emma, married Frank Hornbeak and another, Jennie, married Jacob Shouse and then Hon. N. R. Sugg, who at one time represented Dickson County in the Legislature.  Mrs. Cash was a descendant of the celebrated Outlaw family, a family which derives its name from the fact that it is descended from Eadgar the Atheling, king of England, deposed in 1071 by his conqueror, William I.
Church, Hayden Taught school on Swan Creek.  He was a typical old-time schoolmaster, who spoiled no child by sparing the rod.
Clagett, Horatio Was in partnership with his brother William as merchants in Centerville for over 50 years.  For more information on Horatio visit Horatio Clagett's biography.
Clagett, William George Was in partnership with his brother Horatio as merchants in Centerville for over 50 years.  William died in 1898, his wife dying during the same year.   For more information on William visit William Clagett's biography.
Cooper, Robert Teacher - taught in Gray's Bend in 1821.  The following year he taught on Indian Creek.
Council, William J. Settled in 1812.  He was the first who obtained a legal claim to Council's Bend, which is named after him.
Dale, E. W. Merchant at Centerville in 1830.
Easley, James D. Taught school in Centerville, on Swan Creek, in Gray's Bend and on Indian Creek.
Easley, John G. Succeeded Peter Headstream as hotel keeper in Centerville.  He was succeeded by Maj. John Bullock.
Easley, Thomas Was a neighbor to Alexander Gray in Gray's Bend.  Thomas was the father of James D., Warham, Thomas Jr., Robin, Stephen, Edward and William Easley.  His daughter was Sally Easley.  James D. Easley was County Court Clerk for twenty-four years.  Thomas Easley came from South Carolina.
Eason, Joseph Jones Of English parentage, he came from North Carolina to the 1st district in 1819, and settled on lands adjoining Gabriel Fowlkes at Swan Creek, where he spent the remainder of his life.  To learn more visit Joseph Jones Eason's biography.
Foster, George Laid his land warrant on Morgan's Creek in 1815.  He later became owner of the Wilson mill and of a fine body of land between Morgan Creek and Dry Creek, known later as the Foster lands.  William Foster, his son, settled upon it, and, with the assistance of his slaves, opened a fine farm.  William Foster married Sally, the daughter of Anderson Nunnelly.  Though a somewhat eccentric man, "Billie" Foster, as he was extensively and favorably known, amassed a fortune of considerable proportions -- this by industry and economy. 
Fowlkes, Gabriel Owned land in Council's Bend at the time of his death in 1898.  He was constable of the 7th district at the breaking out of the Civil War and became a soldier in the Confederate Army.  He was for several years a justice of the peace of the 1st District and was chairman of the County Court at the time of his death.
Fowlkes, Gabriel Came to the 5th district in 1806 and to the 1st district in 1831.  He located below the mouth of Swan Creek near Joseph Jones Eason.  Gabriel was born on April 21, 1777 in Virginia.  He married Jincy Hyde, who was born on July 11, 1792, in North Carolina.  She was the daughter of Hartwell Hyde.  Thompson Fowlkes, father of Gabriel, was a Revolutionary soldier.   He was the father of Henry, Blount, Thompson, Washington, John, Richard, Mark, and James Fowlkes.  His daughters were: Mary (married Edmund Jones), Nancy, Elizabeth, Lucy, Sallie and Martha.  He was Hickman County's second sheriff, and served eight years, resigning to accept a seat in the State Legislature.   From his family sprang some of the county's most successful financiers.
Fowlkes, John School teacher in this district.
Fowlkes, Thompson Came to Swan Creek from Bedford County in 1835.  He was the father of Johenry and Wilkins Whitfield Whitman Fowlkes.
Gray, Alexander For whom Gray's Bend was named, lived in the bend as early as 1810.  He was the father of James, John, Sherrod, Alexander, Jr., and G. W. Gray.  Gray came from North Carolina.   Operated a cotton gin in the bend in 1830. 
Griner, Robert Sr. Settled at the upper end of Shipp's Bend about 1807.  Sons of Robert Griner Sr., were William, John, Albert, Robert Jr., and the twin brothers, Hulett and Noble.  Albert and Noble committed suicide by hanging.  Noble, near the old camp ground at the John Thompson place in 1855; and Albert, below the mouth of Indian Creek in 1850.  His daughter, Bethenia, married William Shipp and another daughter, Eliza, married Josiah Shipp, sons of Josiah Shipp, the first settler on Shipp's Bend.
Harbison, Thomas Came from North Carolina in 1832 and lived near Thomas McClanahan.
Headstream, Peter Built the first hotel in Centerville, which was of hewn logs.
Hickman, Ashley In 1828, Ashley Hickman and his son-in-law, James Wofford, lived at the head spring of Indian Creek, three miles south of Centerville.  They came from North Carolina in 1815 with Allan Walker, and preferred the healthy location at the spring to the cane-covered bottoms of Duck River, upon which they could have as easily placed their land warrants.
Hornbeak, Eli B. A citizen of Vernon, erected on the south side of the Public Square in the new town of Centerville a double log house, afterwards occupied by him as dwelling and storehouse.   Lots were divided and sold for the beginning of Centerville in 1821.   Entered into the mercantile business in copartnership with Robert Sheegog, who also came from Vernon.  Sheegog soon returned to his former home, selling his interest in the business to James Weatherspoon.  Eli B. Hornbeak married Sallie Combs of East Tennessee.  His son, Pleasant, was the father of Eli, John, Samuel, Frank and Pleasant Hornbeak.  Eli's daughter, Elizabeth, was the 2nd wife of William George Clagett.
Huddleston, John W. Lived in the lower end of Shipp's Bend in 1825.  He was the father of Benjamin, Howell and Jack.  (Jack was sheriff of Hickman County in 1842)
Hulett, John Lived at Shipp's Bend in 1830.  He was a school teacher and probably the first merchant of Vernon.  He was charged with the killing of John Gainer, which caused the sacrifice of most of his property.  It was never proven that Hulett was guilty.
Jones, Edmund Bought the land at Swan Creek from James Spradling about 1832.  Edmund was the son of Alston Jones, Sr.  Edmund married Mary, the daughter of Gabriel Fowlkes. 
Kinkead, Dr. Teacher - Taught on Swan Creek in 1835.  He was a good teacher, who had been educated for the Presbyterian ministry.  An uncontrollable desire for intoxicants had hurled him from his high estate, and he became a country school teacher -- the first in the county, however, who commanded a salary of $40 per month.
Lane, Garrett Was one of those who superintended the removal of the courthouse at Vernon and it's relocation to Centerville.
Lawson, James Was a miller in Mill Hollow in 1840.
Lawson, Shadrach An early settler on Haley's Creek.  Lawson was the father of John, Thomas and S. S. (Dock) Lawson and was, in the full meaning of the term, an honest man.
Lovelace, George Below Ashley Hickman, on Indian Creek, was George Lovelace, who soon after erected a mill.  He was the father of Lee Lovelace, who was a gunsmith, this being a very important trade in the early days.  Peter Lovelace, another son, had but one eye, but was a fine marksman, and could see a bullet hole sixty yards.  He often waged his money upon his skill as a marksman.
McClanahan, James Settled what was known as the Young Mayberry lands in 1830.  This area was in the extreme lower portion of the 1st District.  He afterwards removed to Kentucky. 
McClanahan, Thomas In 1840 Thomas McClanahan bought the lands of Mills Eason, which were adjoining to those of Jesse Eason.  McClanahan married a sister of Jack and Howell Huddleston.  The children of this union were: L. B., Mortimer, Lycurgus, Dee, "Dock", William; Josie, who married Kinzer; Xantippe, who married Burton Anderson; and Nellie.  The sons of Thomas McClanahan, under the firm name of McClanahan Brothers, operated a cotton gin, tanyard, stillhouse, and sawmill south of the Columbia and Centerville Road, near the Stanfill old mill, about 1868.
McClanahan, William Came from North Carolina to Davidson and from there to Council's Bend about 1835.  He was the father of Absalom McClanahan, who was the father of Robert and Newton McClanahan.  Newton was born in Davidson County on August 6, 1833.  One of Newton's daughters married John T. Fowlkes.  The McClanahans had much to do with building several of the bridges in Hickman County.
McCutcheon, William In 1830 he purchased land in Mill Hollow, once known as Moore's Hollow from a Mr. Moore who had lived there since 1825 and had built a mill there.  McCutcheon built a carding factory after he purchased the land.  In 1836 McCutcheon raised troops for the Seminole War.
McGill, John Early settler on Swan Creek.
Moore, Col. John H. (Jack) Was the son of Dr. Samuel B. Moore, who  was at one time was a prominent candidate for Congress.   Colonel Moore was at West Point at the breaking out of the Civil War but he immediately enlisted in the Seventh Tennessee Regiment, commanded by the gallant Robert Hatton, and served with distinction in the Virginia campaigns.  Lavisa, Colonel Moore's only sister, married W. M. Johnson, who was for many years clerk and master of the Chancery Court at Centerville, where he shot and killed Martin Bentley, a desperate character of the town.
Morgan, Peter His house was the first house completed in Centerville.  It was a round log cabin, and with him boarded the men engaged in building the houses of the town.
Nixon, Henry Was Centerville's first lawyer.  He was the father of Orville A., John, Henry, and a daughter, who became the wife of Samuel Williams.  He was twice married, each time to a sister of Stephen C. Pavatt, of Humphreys County, who was several times a member of Congress.  Nixon, in addition to his legal business, engaged largely in land speculations, extending into adjoining counties.  He operated a cotton gin here from 1830 to 1833.  He did much toward the development of the town of Centerville from 1821 to May, 1833, the date of his death.
Nunnellee, Ned Came from Virginia about 1806 to the 5th District and came to Gray's Bend about 1810.  He died at Gray's Bend.  He was the father of Washington, Mark, and Timothy Nunnellee.  His daughter, Jane, was the first wife of Jesse R. Eason.  Ned Nunnellee was buried on the John V. Gray place.
Nunnelly, Anderson Lived in Gray's Bend in 1818.  (The name is pronounced the same as the above "Nunnellee" but is spelled differently)
Pace, Reeves Was deputy sheriff under Sheriff John Baker (1866-68)  During the Civil War he was a lieutenant of cavalry.
Phillips, John Merchant at Centerville in 1830
Ratliff, Jesse An early settler on Haley's Creek.
Raymond, Dr. Reveaux School teacher in this district
Satterfield, William Lived on Defeated Creek in 1832, and erected a mill near where Reeves Pace later lived.  Satterfield sold to Robert Griner Jr. and then removed to Missouri with his son-in-law, Elisha Dotson, in 1840.
Shipp, Dr. John E. School teacher in this district
Shipp, Josiah First Settler on Shipp's Bend in 1806.  For more information visit Josiah Shipp's Biography
Spradling, James Lived at Swan's Creek, half a mile up a hollow on the "trail" to Gordon's Ferry.  He emigrated to Illinois in 1832 after selling his land to Edmund Jones. 
Stanfill, Jackson Located on Swan Creek in 1818 about one mile south of the river.  Here he opened a fine farm, and by farming and stock raising, became a prominent and wealthy citizen of the county.  He married Lamira Canady, of Maury County.  His sons were: Irving, Jackson Jr., George and Van; his daughters were: Martha and Betsy.  The latter married Sherrod Gray.  Stanfill built a mill here about 1845. 
Suggs, Timothy An early settler on Haley's Creek.
Twilly, William Taught school on Swan Creek in 1835 and 1836.
Walker, Allan Laid his land warrant on Defeated Creek in 1815.  Walker found the grave of Edwin Hickman, who the county is named for, and marked it by leaving a hackberry tree at one end of the grave and a poplar at the other.  Established Walker's Ferry, one mile above Centerville.  He reared a large family , which became prominent in the development of the county.  His sons were: Joel, William, Allan, James, Pleasant and Elijah.  Dr. Joel Walker went to Williamson County, where he became prominent in business and political circles.  Pleasant Walker represented Hickman County several terms in the Legislature and was sheriff of the county four years.  Elijah Walker became one of the best judges that ever presided in a Tennessee courthouse.
Ward, John Cofieald (Dr.) Physician in Centerville.  For more information visit John Cofieald Ward's biography.
Warren, Stuart Early settler in Gray's Bend.  Was a neighbor to Alexander Gray and Thomas Easley.
Whitfield, George Occupied land in Council's Bend.  He was a brother of Gen. Jeff. Whitfield, Gen. John W. Whitfield and Monroe Whitfield.  Whitfield sold to Abraham Dansby, he to Maxwell, and he to Samuel Williams.
Whitson, Samuel (Rev.) Rev. Samuel Whitson lived in Shipp's Bend about 1830.  He was at one time a Trustee of the county.  He was the father of Rev. William E. Whitson, who was murdered by jayhawkers on Indian Creek, in Wayne County, in 1863.  Samuel Whitson's daughter, Jane,  was the mother of Thetis W. Sims, who was a Representative in Congress from the 8th District of Tennessee.  The Whitsons of Hickman County are related to the celebrated Vance family, of the Carolinas.
Williams, Archibald Merchant in Centerville during the decade from 1850 to 1860.
Williams, Joshua Merchant in Centerville during the decade from 1850 to 1860.
Williams, Samuel Merchant in Centerville during the decade from 1850 to 1860.
Wilson, Albert School teacher in this district.
Wilson, Aaron Early settler of Persimmon Branch which is included in Gray's Bend.  Built an overshot mill in 1824 near the mouth of Morgan's Creek.  His wife was a Creole.
Wilson, John Early settler of Persimmon Branch which is included in Gray's Bend.
Wright, Robert Robert Wright located in Shipp's Bend about 1810.  He was the father of Levin D., John, Robert, and Thomas, the former being the only one who married.  The wife of Levin D. Wright was the daughter of Frederick Mayberry.  Two sons of Levin D. Wright were still living in the county around 1899 and 1900.  Another son of Levin  was Dr. Levin D. Wright, of Dickson.   A daughter of Robert Wright Sr., married Maj. William P. Whitson.


 Lawyers of District 1 during the 1800's

(Some of the lawyers below are from other counties and other parts of the state but practiced in the courts of Hickman.  A * has been placed by the ones who are natives of Hickman County)

Elijah Walker * John W. Hornbeak * James D. Easley *
John H. Moore * William Moore * Josiah Hubbard
Thomas P. Bateman J. J. Williams Alexander H. Vaughan
Will M. Edwards James I. Sloan Richard Lyle
A. O. P. Nicholsen L. D. Myers David Campbell
George Gannt James H. Thomas Jacob Leech
W. C. Whitthorne N. N. Cox Jo. C. Guild

Members of the Bar around 1899 and 1900

J. Alonzo Bates John H. Clagett _______ Beasley
W. L. Pinkerton W. P. Clark W. V. Flowers
W. A. Knight John H. Cunningham Henry Nixon (grandson of Centerville's first lawyer)

Physicians of the 1800's in Centerville

Samuel Sebastian (first physician to locate at Centerville) Samuel B. Moore Bird Moore
Reveaux Raymond Rodney Raymond W. B. Douglass
John Sebastian John C. Ward John W. Hornbeak
E. G. Thompson _____ Ragsdale James L. Thompson
S. McE. Wilson J. A. Edwards J. E. Shipp
J. T. Ward K. I. Sutton J. N.  Doyel
A. H. Grigsby, Dentist J. H. Plummer, Dentist  

Early Magistrates of District 1

William Craig John McGill Alexander Gray
John Gray Washington Gray Troy S. Broome
William G. Claggett James D. Easley J. A. Bates
Henry Gray John B. Gardner E. A. Dean
G. Fowlkes John P. Broome  

Constables of District 1

James Brown R. C. Murrell John F. Lawson
Van Buren Shouse H. H. Walker John F. Dean

Deputy Sheriffs from District 1

Reeves Pace Van Buren Shouse Howell Walker
Howell Shouse    




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