Collection: History of Tennessee

Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee

Goodspeed Publishing Company wrote a series of volumes on the history and people of Tennessee that were published in 1887. The following data and histories have been extracted from those volumes and comprise this collection on Tennessee. This collection contains 165 biographical sketches along with some Civil War rosters. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND...

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Biography of E.Y. Salmon, M.D.

E. Y. Salmon, M. D., was born in the “Palmetto State,” on the 26th of June, 1830. His father, William H. Salmon, was a physician and immigrated to Alabama in 1833, and afterward removed to Texas in 1863, where he died. He was identified with public interest in Alabama, and held the office of clerk, for twenty four years. The mother died in Texas at an advanced age. Our subject was reared in Alabama, and resided with his parents until nineteen years of age. He volunteered to serve in the Mexican war in 1846, but peace was declared before he reached the Army. He went to California in 1849, and mined for eighteen months, and then engaged in trading. In 1854 he returned to Alabama then went to Texas, where he studied medicine for two years, and then entered the medical department of the University of Tennessee, and graduated in 1857. He practiced in Lynchburg until 1861, when he organized the first company that was organized in the state, which took the name of the Lynchburg Rangers, Company E. He served in Turney’s First Tennessee, as sergeant and captain. After his return, he practiced at Lynchburg until 1872, when he was made clerk and master of the Chancery Court of Moore County, two terms. In 1882, he removed to Nashville, where he was engaged in the manufacture of veterinary...

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Biographical Sketch of John E. Gore

John E. Gore, farmer, of Moore County, was born in April, 1826, in Bedford County, Tenn., and is a son of Amos and Mary A. (Cowser) Gore. The parents were both natives of South Carolina, and came to Bedford County in the early settlement of the county. Our subject left the parental roof at the age of eighteen, and in 1844 went to Mississippi, where he remained three years engaged in farming and boating. He then came home and bought a small farm in this county (then Franklin County). In September 1849, he was united in marriage to Jane Cunningham, a native of this county, and in 1866 bought the farm where lie now resides, a tract of 200 acres, splendidly watered by several springs, one of which issues from a cave near his residence. Affording splendid water facilities, which is not used, with the exception of drinking purposes. To our subject and wife were born eight children, five of whom are still living: Elizabeth, William L., Rebecca (Mrs. Duckworth), Robert E. and Joshua. Politically Mr. Gore has always been identified with the Democratic Party, but has never aspired to office. He and family are members of the Baptist...

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Company D, First Tennessee, Confederate States Army

Captain, N. L. Simpson, died during the war, and John Bevel then became captain. Killed in the service First lieutenant ____ Awalt lieutenants William Davis Thomas Baggett Nat Norvell Tuck Hill Thomas Davis Allen Pogue Jacob Mitchell Ben George Henry Driver Giles Powers Thomas Taylor Wounded Captain John Bevel Lieut. H. J. Byrom Alex Reedy John Clark J. W. Byrom lost left hand R. H. Anthony, lost a leg William Lewis, lost a leg Isaac Mitchell, lost a leg Died in the Service Thomas Reedy John Clark, wounded ____ Tribble, Olla Overby Ezekiel Shasteen Served to the close of the war Lieutenant John Tribble Lieutenant Monroe Farris Privates Thomas Rogers James Allen Thomas Anderson Tobe Anderson Milt. Byrom James Bailey R. S. Anthony Rev. William Anthony, chaplain of the regiment L. A. Rogers Larkin Rogers Benjamin Shasteen H. W. Farris Joseph Pogue George Sanders William Fanning Wes. Fanning Watch Cook William Jones Dick Jones James A. Sanders A. A. Davis E. J. Chambers Henry McGivens G. Raney W. Weaver George Weaver Ben Hutton James Hutton E. Brown Toliver Hendricks John Hendricks Turner Childs Dr. ____ Childs R. A. Overby H. C. Bolen Joseph Bolin ___ Smith John McKinzie John Strong John Cobble William Majors Robert Majors H. Pilot and Gabriel Lewis The information concerning this company was given by county court clerk, J. W. Byrom, who gave it to...

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Biographical Sketch of S.A. Billingsley

The firm of Billingsley & Bailey was formed November 4, 1885, by S. A. Billingsley & T. G. Bailey. The senior member of firm is a native of Bledsoe County, Tenn., born October 31, 1856, and was reared in his native county. His father was a farmer. Our subject engaged in merchandising for two years at Spencer, Tennessee, before coming here. February 1884, he went to Mulberry and there engaged in teaching, being principal of the schools at that place until June 4, 1886, when he resigned. December 16, 1885, he married Jennie Sugg, of Cyruston, Lincoln Co., Tennessee. The father of Mr. Billingsley was a minister, and his grandfather was a member of the first Tennessee Legislature. The father of our subject died in 1878, and his mother is still living. Mr. Bailey, junior member of the firm, was born in the present limits of Moore County, and is a son of Thomas R. and Nancy M. (Edwards) Bailey, natives of North Carolina and Alabama respectively. The father was a farmer, and died April 4, 1884; the mother still survives. Mr. Bailey engaged as clerk in a store in Lynchburg, for two years, and then formed a partnership with T. H. Parks & Co., continuing with that firm until December, 1882. He held an interest in R. B. Parks & Co. store until March 10, 1884, when he...

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Biographical Sketch of J.H. Tripp, M.D.

J. H. Tripp, M. D., of Marble Hill, was born March 18, 1843, in Lincoln County, Tennessee, and is one of a family of seven children born to Henry and Nancy (Gattis) Tripp, both natives of North Carolina. They were married in Lincoln County, Tennessee, and the father followed agricultural pursuits until his death in 1846 or 1847. The mother is still living in Lincoln County. Our subject remained and assisted his mother on the farm until the breaking out of the late war, when he enlisted in the Forty-fourth Tennessee Infantry, and remained with this until the surrender at Appomattox Court House. He then returned home and engaged in farming for several years, and also secured a limited education by attending common schools for about fifteen months. He attended the Washington Medical College at Baltimore, Maryland, session of 1870-71, and then practiced at Marble Hill till 1876, after which he attended Medical College at Louisville, Kentucky. Here he graduated and resumed his practice at Marble Hill till the session of I884-85 of the medical department of the University of Tennessee, at which place he also graduated, and has since continued the practice of his profession at his home in this county. August 22, 1876, he married Sally A. Bean, to which union one child was born, Myrtle. The Doctor and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal...

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Company E, of the First Tennessee Confederate Infantry

Officers Dr. E. Y. Salmon, captain T. H. Mann, first lieutenant C. W. Lucas, second lieutenant W. F. Taylor, third lieutenant W. P. Tolley, first sergeant J. P. Edde, second sergeants T. H. Parks, third sergeant J. N. Taylor, fourth sergeant M. C. Parks, first corporal J. H. Silvertooth, second corporal A. W. Womack, third corporal F. W. Motlow, fourth corporal W. B. Taylor, ensign Killed Lieutenant T. H. Mann Sergeant J. P. Edde Corp. J. H. Silvertooth Privates William T. K. Green B. W. Shaw B. R. Bobo T. E. Brown J. J. Lucas J. W. Stockstill John McCulley W. M. Jones W. A. Dillingliam J. F Metcalf J. T Hunter C. M. Wade William F. Morris F. G. Motlow Clay Hoskins J. S. Green Wounded Lieutenant W. F. Taylor Sergeant. W. P. Tolley Sergeant J. N. Taylor Privates M. L. Parks A. F. Eaton B. H. Berry R. H. Crawford O. J. Bailey S. W. Edens, W.H. Hutchenson George Jones T. C. Spencer T. D. Gregory, B. A. W. I, Norton J. H. Brandon M. A. L. Enochs John Gray Alex. Bailey Ensign W. B. Taylor Private M. V. Hawkins, lost an arm Private Joseph S. Hobbs, lost a leg. Those who Died Corporal A. W. Womack Privates John W. Brown W. C. Kirtland W. H. Waggoner David Roberson W. A. Strawn J. C. C. Felps John...

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Biography of Hon. W.W. Gordon

Hon. W. W. Gordon was born in Winchester, Tennessee, May 20, 1848. His father, Dr. Amzi B. Gordon, was a native of the county of Bedford, moving to Franklin County in about the year 1841, where he began the practice of medicine, soon building up a large and lucrative practice. He was a zealous member of the Baptist Church and one of the founders of the celebrated Mary Sharp College, at Winchester. He died in 1855. His mother is a daughter of John March, a highly respected farmer of the county, and a sister of Hon. Hayden March, who represented Franklin County several times in the Legislature. Mr. Gordon received only the rudiments of an English education at Carrick Academy, in his native town, the suspension of the schools during the five years of war depriving him, as it did thousands of the youth of the south, of the means of obtaining an education. He entered a printing office during the war, partly for the educational advantages thus offered, but principally for the meager salary thereby obtained for the support of his widowed mother and sister. He moved to Nashville soon after the war, working in the various departments of the newspaper offices of that city. He spent several years in visiting the principal cities of the Union. In 1870 he was married to Miss Mary E. Fletcher, daughter...

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Biographical Sketch of John N. Sullivan

John N. Sullivan, farmer, was born November 2, 1838, in Moore County, and is one of ten children born to Dempsey and Naoma (Neece) Sullivan. The parents were both born in this county in 1811 and 1812, respectively, the father being of Scotch Irish descent. He was a farmer, although he also engaged in the mercantile business for a few years in Lincoln County, and dealt largely in stock from 1845 to 1855. The mother died September 1884. The father is still living, a hale, hearty man of seventy five. John N. remained with his parents until the war, when he enlisted in the Eighth Tennessee Infantry, with which he remained until severely wounded at the battle of Murfreesboro. In March 1875, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Logan, also a native of this county, and the fruits of this union were an interesting family of nine children, one of whom died in infancy. Shortly after marriage, Mr. Sullivan engaged in the tannery business in Bedford County, where he continued for fourteen years, afterward purchasing the farm where he is now residing, which consists of 400 acres of good land. On this farm is quite an eminence, from which is afforded an excellent view of the surrounding country. Mr. Sullivan and family are members of the Christian Church. He is identified with the democrats, and is an advocate...

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Biographical Sketch of John H. Taylor

John H. Taylor was born in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, February 26, 1801, and, is the only living member of a family of seven children of Woody B. and Nancy (Seay) Taylor, who were born and married in the “Palmetto State,” and moved to Georgia, and in 1809 to Tennessee. At that time the country was covered with canebrake, and Lynchburg contained only two log cabins. Woody B. Taylor died in 1840, and the mother in 1846. John H. resided with his parents until July 18, 1826, when he wedded Elizabeth Ford, who was born in South Carolina and has since lived in the vicinity of Lynchburg. To this venerable couple ten children were born, seven of whom are living. Politically Mr. Taylor is a stanch democrat, and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. W. B. Taylor is the second of John H. Taylor’s children. He was born near his present residence March 15, 1829, and resided with his parents on the farm until his marriage, March 2, 1869, to Susan T. Keller, a daughter of Dr. J. A. Keller, a native of the county. He moved to Illinois in 1842, and there enlisted in the Mexican War as first lieutenant, and died from the effects of the service in 1847. The family then came to Lynchburg, where the mother, whose maiden name was Lauriette Walker, now...

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Biographical Sketch of James C. Tipps

James C. Tipps, a popular citizen of Moore County, and one of six surviving members of a family of twelve children born to Michael and Leah (Seivalley) Tipps, was born August 6, 1839, on the farm he now owns, near Marble Hill, Moore County. The father of James C. was a native of North Carolina, born 1809, and came to Moore County (Franklin) when four years of age. He was a tiller of the soil and magistrate for several years. He died in 1883. The mother, a native of Moore (Lincoln) County, was born January 24, 1810, and is still living. At the age of nineteen our subject left home, and September 2, 1858, was married to Mary Stoball, native of Coffee County, Tennessee. Eleven children were the results of this union, all of whom are living. At the time of his marriage he began farming for himself and continued this occupation till the commencement of the late war, when he enlisted in the Forty-first Tennessee Infantry, with which he remained till the close of the war. He then returned home, and in partnership with John Seivalley was engaged in merchandising from 1875 to 1880. He was constable for four years, beginning 1866, and deputy sheriff for two years. He was appointed postmaster of his village in 1875, and still holds that position. Mr. Tipps has in his possession...

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin M. Edens

Benjamin M. Edens, one of Moore County’s pioneer citizens, was born in Madison County, Alabama, July 13, 1822, and is one of five surviving members of a family of nine children born to Samuel and Nancy (Franks) Edens. The father was a native of South Carolina, and came to Limestone County, Alabama, where he married the mother of our subject. They came to Lynchburg, this county, in 1825, located, and engaged in farming. The father’s death occurred about 1866, and the mother followed him about 1870. Our subject remained with his parents until his majority, after which he began farming for himself. September 1849, he led to the hymeneal altar Pauline Blythe, a native of Moore County. This union resulted in the birth of nine children, seven of whom are living. Immediately after marriage they settled on the farm where they now reside. At that time it was an unbroken wilderness, but by hard labor and perseverance, and after enduring many privations customary with the pioneer settlers, he now owns a fine tract of over 200 acres of mostly cultivated land. Mr. Edens cast his first vote in 1844, and has always voted for the nominees of the Democratic Party. He and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal...

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Biographical Sketch of Rev. James S. Ervin

Reverend James S. Ervin, merchant, and a native of what was then Lincoln, but is now Moore County, Tennessee, was born April 4, 1832, and is a son of James S. and Jemimah (Merrill) Ervin. The parents were natives of North Carolina, and immigrated to this county in 1816 and 1818, respectively. The father was an industrious farmer, and died November 7, 1881; the mother followed November 9 of the same year. Our subject remained with his parents until eighteen years of age, when he married Catherine Womack, November 7, 1849, a native of Bedford County. The fruits of this union were sixteen children, twelve of whom are still living. The mother of these children died April 5, 1880, and September of the same year Mr. Ervin was united in marriage to Rebecca Dillingham, a native of this county. In 1855 our subject moved to Bedford County and followed agricultural pursuits until 1866, when he came to this county and located on the farm where he has since resided. He has a fine tract of 150 acres at County Line, and also has another farm in the county of 130 acres. In 1869 he engaged in merchandising in County Line, and has continued that business ever since. In 1857 he was ordained minister in the Baptist Church, of which he and his family are worthy members. Politically he has...

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Biographical Sketch of Alexander Forester

Alexander Forester, farmer, was born in Moore County (then Lincoln County)in 1820, and is one of eleven surviving members of a family of fourteen children born to Isaac and Matilda (Hodges) Forester. The father was born in South Carolina in 1790, and came to Moore County previous to the war of 1812, in which he participated under General Coffee, and afterward under General Jackson. At the close of the Indian war he returned to Moore (Lincoln) County, and soon after was married. The parents are both still living, having now enjoyed the companionship of each other about seventy years. The youngest child is now forty three years old, and the oldest is our subject. The parents have had eighty nine grandchildren, sixty nine of whom are still living. They have over sixty great-grandchildren, all still living but three or four. They also have two great-great-grandchildren, both living. Our subject at the age of twenty three left his home, and in 1843 was united in marriage to Minerva Eaton, a native of Moore (Lincoln) County. Eight children blessed this union, seven of whom are still living, and live are married and have children. In 1862 Mr. Forester enlisted in the Confederate Army, in a Kentucky regiment of infantry, but afterward, just before the battle of Murfreesboro, was transferred to Newman’s battalion. In 1863 he was discharged, owing to advanced age,...

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Forrest’s Escort

Killed in the service F. G. Motley, S. J. Green and W. T. K. Green Wounded W. F. Taylor, received seven wounds Served to the end of the war without being wounded Lieutenant John Eaton Privates J. N. Taylor, T. J. Eaton, D. R. Bedford, D. H. Call, E. Clark, T. M. Dance, M. A. L. Enochs, C. W. Lucas, and Orderly Sergeant M. L. Parks This command served under General Forrest during the war, and surrendered May 10, 1865, at Gainesville,...

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