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J. M. Jernigan, a prominent farmer of Coffee County, was born there March 27, 1843. He is the son of Alexander and Louisa (Shake) Jernigan, natives of Tennessee, the latter of whom died in 1863. His father then married Martha Ford, of Coffee County.
Reared on the farm, our subject has clung to agriculture. In 1864 he married Mary Todd, but was divorced in 1867. He then married Elizabeth Fulton, and they have reared the following adopted children: W. E. Parker, E. R. Rosco, and Henrietta B. Daniel. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while his political faith is strictly democratic.