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Location: Coffee County TN

Biographical Sketch of J. S. Moore

J. S. Moore, chancery court clerk and master in Coffee County, was born August 24, 1837, in Wilson County. He is the oldest son of Alfred and Elizabeth P. Moore, the former born in 1802, in Tennessee, and died in Manchester in May 1862. The father of Alfred M. was a native of North Carolina. Our subject, living on the farm until twenty years of age, engaged then in merchandising until the war. Soon after enlisting in Company K, Twenty fourth Tennessee Infantry, he was attacked by fever, but on his recovery entered Douglass’ battalion, with which he served until near the surrender. In 1870 he left merchandising to take the office of county trustee, serving six years. In February 1877, he received his present appointment from Chancellor Marks. December 21, 1865, he married Nannie, daughter of Henry and Effie Powers. Nine children were born to them, seven of whom are living. He is a member of the Christian Church, and believes in prohibition and...

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Biographical Sketch of F. N. Miller

F. N. Miller, editor of the Manchester Times and a prominent citizen of Manchester, was born at Port Hudson, Louisiana, December 5, 1853, the son of Albert and Delilah (Saunders) Miller, the former born October 18, 1822, in Indiana, and the latter May 1, 1832, in Kentucky, and still living in Port Hudson, Louisiana. The parents were married about 1846. In 1861 the elder Miller enlisted in the Confederate Company E. twenty first Mississippi Regiment Infantry, and was killed in the battle of Chickamauga in 1863. He was a successful brick mason. Our subject is the third of five children, and after a good academic education he served an apprenticeship as printer at Woodville, Mississippi, for four years. In 1869 he made a nine years’ tour of western cities, working in Texas, Missouri, Kansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kentucky and Nebraska. Returning to Tennessee in 1879 he spent a year in Union City, and then bought a half interest in a journal called Our Country in Dresden. A year later he went to Nashville and entered the Banner office, and in 1881 came to Manchester and established the Times, which, through his constant attention and ability, has become recognized as one of the leading Democratic Journals of this section of the country. Published at $1 per year, it has a circulation of 600. December 14, 1880, our subject was married to...

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Biographical Sketch of D. E. Mead

D. E. Mead, merchant of Hillsboro, was born September 7, 1839, at Greenville, N. Y. His father, W. R. Mead, was born about 1798 and died in 1879, in Vermont. His grandfather, Adolphus, was in the Revolution. Liddie (Colwell) Mead, his mother, was born about 1800 in Virginia, and died in 1882 in New York. Living on his father’s farm until twenty-two years of age, he began business at Logansport, Inc., but was soon commissioned sutler under General Rosecrans. After the war he engaged in merchandising at Tullahoma until 1866, when he began his present occupation. He has served almost three terms as magistrate at Tullahoma and Hillsboro. Justice of the peace, secretary and president of the county fair, are offices with which he has been honored, and also served as postmaster from 1870 to 1886. October 27, 1864, he married Mary A. C., daughter of Rev. R. P. Gannaway, of Montgomery County. They have six children: Carlton E., Cora L., Ethea L., Lydia, David E. and James W. He is a democrat...

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Biographical Sketch of S. J. McLemore

S. J. McLemore, a pioneer of Tullahoma, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee, December 29, 1822, and is the son of S. J. and Martha (Whitaker) McLemore, natives of North Carolina. The father died in 1825 and the mother in 1880. Our subject reared on the farm, remained there until his marriage to Margaret J. Ward in 1841, when he removed to Nashville and entered the produce business. In 1851 he came to Tullahoma. He sold goods until the civil war and after the close of the same entered the livery business. In 1876 he began merchandising, continuing at that until January, 1886. His wife died in 1881. In 1883 he married Ruthea J. Gross, a native of McMinnville. By his first wife our subject has six children: William H., John C., S. J., Lamyra, Henrietta and Laura. Our subject is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and his wife of the Christian Church. He is a member of Tullahoma Lodge, No. 101, I. O. O. F., of which he is the only surviving charter member. He has served several times as mayor and alderman of Tullahoma. He is a...

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Biographical Sketch of P. H. McBride, M. D.

P. H. McBride, M. D., a well-known physician of Coffee County, was born in that county, December 27, 1825. He is the son of William S. and Milly (Conwell) McBride, the former born at Lynchburg, Va., and the latter born at Abbeyville, S. C. in 1801. They died in 1879 and 1877 respectively in Coffee County, where he was a farmer. Our subject, one of ten children, after his school life ended, was for two years a blacksmith. Serving in the Mexican war for over a year, he fought at Vera Cruz and Cerro Gordo. Returning to Coffee County he worked at blacksmithing and mechanics until 1861, when he enlisted in the Sixteenth Regiment Tennessee Infantry (Confederate), and was for one year its flag bearer. In 1862 he organized a company of cavalry, and was their captain at Richmond (Kentucky), Fort Donelson, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, and with seventeen men, August 24, 1862, fought a regiment for fifty-five minutes. On account of ill health he was discharged in 1863. After blacksmithing at Beech Grove until 1869, he studied medicine and began his successful practice in 1871. August 27, 1848, he married Elizabeth A. Emerson, a cultured lady, born July 26, 1826, in Kentucky. Their children are William H., Thomas M., Pleasant H., Burr H., Mollie C., and Demillion E., who died in 1862. A decided democrat, he was state senator in...

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Biographical Sketch of H. P. Maynard

H. P. Maynard, a progressive young citizen of Tullahoma, and member of the firm of Maynard & Sons, wholesale and retail dealers in general merchandise, was born in Wisconsin in 1864, and is the son of I. F. Maynard, a native of Vermont, and born in 1815. With his parents at the close of the war, our subject came to Tullahoma, where he has since resided. He acquired a good education in the city schools, and has added much thorough practical experience. For a number of years he was employed by his father as clerk, but in 1884 was admitted as partner, his father and brother Charles being the other members. For the last three years our subject has also engaged in manufacturing rubber stamps. Politically he is a...

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Biographical Sketch of W. A. Marshall

W. A. Marshall, furniture dealer, and present mayor of Tullahoma, Tennessee, was born in Lincoln County, Tennessee, in 1842, and is the son of J. W. and Nancy ┬áT. (Neal) Marshall, natives of Prince Edwards County, Virginia. Reared on the farm of his parents; our subject received his education at the neighboring schools. At the age of thirteen he came with his parents to Tullahoma, and entered his father’s store, remaining until the opening of the late war. He then enlisted in Company B (Confederate), of Turney’s First Regiment of Tennessee Infantry. After the war he returned home, working at different occupations until 1876, when he opened a stove and furniture store. Selling his stock of stoves in 1885, he has since carried furniture only, the only establishment of the kind in the city. For several years Mr. Marshall served on the police force of Tullahoma, and for seven years was a member of the board of aldermen. February 4, 1886, he was elected mayor for a term of two years, the first man elected to that position by the people of that city. He is a member of the Odd Fellow’s Lodge, and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and is a democrat. In 1865 our subject was married to Lucinda C., daughter of Robert Darwin, deceased, of Tullahoma. They have had twelve children, four of whom are dead: Mary...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. C. J. Lyon

Mrs. C. J. Lyon, wife of the late T. B. Lyon of Coffee County, was born February 10, 1829, and daughter of James and Jane Mason, the former born August 3, 1789, in North Carolina, and the latter July 2, 1800, in South Carolina. The father’s father came to Tennessee in 1780, living on Stone River, and in Bedford County. He died May 26, 1863. Jane Mason’s parents came to Bedford County, in 1800; one was of Dutch and the other of Irish descent. Our subject, one of seven children, married Joseph Tillman, September 17, 1850. He was born February 4, 1826, in North Carolina, and receiving a wound at Shiloh, died in Holly Spring Hospital, April 25, 1862. He enlisted in the Forty-fourth Tennessee Infantry five months before his death. Six children were born to them: Mary A., Martha J., Eliza N., Flurina C., Joseph P. and Elizabeth. They were married in Bedford County, moved to Coffee County, and located at her present home. April 23, 1879, she married T. B. Lyon, who was born December 31, 1812, and died February 3, 1885. Mrs. Lyon was educated, and is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian...

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Biographical Sketch of W. T. Lawrence

W. T. Lawrence, deputy sheriff of Coffee County, and a prominent citizen living near Beech Grove, Tennessee, was born October 22, 1847, in Coffee County. He is the son of John H. and Tabitha H. (Blankenship) the former born in 1812 (died in 1858) in Tennessee, and the latter born in 1810 in Virginia, and living in Coffee County. The father was a farmer, politically a democrat, and belonging to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our subject, one of nine children, received his education chiefly at Beech Hill Academy, when soon after his father’s death the care of the estate was thrown on to him, soon after his eleventh year. After the settlement of the estate, through the good management of the mother and sons, he received his share about 1870, since which he has been devoted to the cultivation of his land. He at present owns over 210 acres of valuable land; he lives on a late purchase as mentioned above. August 26, 1869, he married Leona, born January 10, 1850, in Rutherford County, daughter of W. F. Astlay. They have had eight children – four sons and four daughters. Mr. Lawrence has been deputy sheriff three years, and justice of the peace for six years. Both he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while politically he is a...

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Biographical Sketch of J. M. Jernigan

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...

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Biographical Sketch of Stokely Jacobs

Stokely Jacobs, a well-known planter of Coffee County, Tennessee, was born there February 26, 1840 (ancestors mentioned in biography of A. Jacobs). Our subject, after completing his education, was engaged in agriculture chiefly. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Company G, Seventeenth Regiment Tennessee Infantry. He occupied various positions in Hardee’s corps, and took part in the battles of Rock Castle, Perryville, Murfreesboro and Petersburg, where he was captured and sent as prisoner to Point Lookout and Elmira, New York, paroled in 1865, he returned home, and after the close of the war began farming. Entering the store of his brother at Beech Grove, in 1868, he became a partner in 1880, but on the death of his brother in 1883, he again returned to his present occupation of farming. He is now the owner of 300 acres of land. February 1, 1866, he married Laura, daughter of William Blanton, born April 1, 1848, in Bedford County. They have nine children. He, his wife and three children are members and supporters of the Cumberland Presbyterian...

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Biographical Sketch of Captain A. Jacobs

Captain A. Jacobs, a well-known planter of Coffee County, Tennessee, was born August 3, 1818, near his present home. His grandfather came from England as early as 1750, and was a soldier of the Revolution, living successively in Maryland, North Carolina and Bedford County, Tennessee, where he died at the unusual age of one hundred and six years. Our subject is the son of Jeremiah and Rebecca (Rudd) Jacobs, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina, and born about 1793 and 1802 respectively. The father died about 1858, and the mother about 1871, in Coffee County. Both were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, while politically the father was a democrat. He was engaged in agriculture, the oldest of twelve children. Our subject has been a self-educated man and Bible student; engaged in mercantile business as Beech Grove about twenty years before and ten years after the war; in addition to his farming interests, he also dealt in live stock before the war. Losing much through the war and in securities, he has 300 acres of fine Coffee County land. He is a democrat in political faith, while religiously the entire family is prominent workers in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. December 1,1842, he married Catherine, born October 27, 1822, in Coffee County, the daughter of James Dillard. Eight children were born to...

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Biographical Sketch of D. C. Jackson

D. C. Jackson, a prominent citizen of Summitville, Tennessee, was born November 16, 1821, in Monticello, Kentucky, and is the son of J. B. and Dorcas (Cox) Jackson. The father was born in Lewisburg, N. C., in 1798, and when quite young came to Tennessee. For eight years, before he went into the mercantile business, he was clerk of McMinn County. The mother was born about 1797 in Tennessee. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he was a democrat. In 1839 our subject began an extensive tour through Virginia, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Indian Territory and Mexico. He then returned to Coffee County and September 8, 1846, married Edna Taylor, of Granger County. She lived but a short time. After visiting California until 1851, he returned and married Mary F. Rhodes, of Coffee County, April 18, 1852. She died January 31, 1855. They had one child, John T., who died at four years of age. He visited California a second time, and April 23, 1860, married Elizabeth Chilton, of Jefferson County. They have six children. In 1861 he enlisted as Confederate captain of the thirty seventh Tennessee Infantry; he organized a cavalry company a year later as captain also. Under Colonel Adrian and others he continued until the war’s close, receiving severe wounds at Chickamauga and Steubenville. Since the war he has been at Summitville, engaged in...

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Biography of P.C. Isbell

P. C. Isbell. His parents were both born in Warren County, Kentucky. His father was of English descent; his mother of German and a granddaughter of Frederick Stump, an early settler in Davidson County, Tennessee. He was born in Warren County, Kentucky. His father moved to Jackson County, Missouri, when he was a small boy, where he grew up in the dark backwoods and never attended school. He had a fine working education. His mother taught him to spell, read, and write and a few rules in arithmetic, what she knew. He mastered Webster’s “blue back.” and then engaged as a schoolteacher, which he followed for several years, working his way up to a high grade in the English language. After leaving the schoolhouse, he continued his studies in all the departments useful in practical life. He came to Tennessee in 1850, read law in the office of Hon. W. P. Hickerson, in Manchester, was admitted to the bar in 1852, and has continued in the practice at that place ever since. His father was a Whig and an uncompromising supporter of Henry Clay. He was schooled in the doctrines of the Whig party, and the old Baptist Church doctrine, which his parents held sacred. He is one of the few men who have gotten away from all of their early political and religious teaching. He works up all...

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Biographical Sketch of Wilburn Hiles

Wilburn Hiles, one of the substantial farmers of the Fifth District of Coffee County, Tennessee, was born in Bedford County, Tennessee, July 30, 1826. He is the son of Joseph Hiles, a native of North Carolina, who was born in 1796, and immigrated to Tennessee in early days. Our subject, brought up on the farm, attended the common schools. He was engaged in merchandising at Flat Creek, Bedford County, when he entered the service of the Confederacy, and was detailed to raise stock and grain for the Southern Army. Later he became a member of Norman’s battalion, and at the battle of Chickamauga was wounded in the right leg, disabling him. He joined his parents, then refugees in Georgia and after the war engaged in merchandising at Somerville, Tennessee; later he returned to Bedford County, then to Coffee County, and engaged in farming. He was married, in 1866, to Minerva Bobo, born in Bedford County in 1843. To them have been born the following nine children: Joseph E., born in 1868; W. Evan, in 1870; Mary E., in 1872; James W., in 1874 (died in 1885); Frank K., in 1876; Walter S. in 1878; Lena M., in 1880; Daisy D., in 1882, and Gracie T., in 1884. The mother is a member of the Primitive Baptist...

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