Location: Gibson County TN

Slave Narrative of Nathan Jones

Interviewer: Anna Pritchett Person Interviewed: Nathan Jones Location: Indiana Place of Birth: Gibson County, Tennessee Date of Birth: 1858 Place of Residence: 409 Blake Street Federal Writers’ Project of the W.P.A. District #6 Marion County Anna Pritchett 1200 Kentucky Avenue FOLKLORE NATHAN JONES-EX-SLAVE 409 Blake Street Nathan Jones was born in Gibson County, Tennessee in 1858, the son of Caroline Powell, one of Parker Crimm’s slaves. Master Crimm was very abusive and cruel to his slaves. He would beat them for any little offense. He took pleasure in taking little children from their mothers and selling them, sending them as far away as possible. Nathan’s stepfather, Willis Jones, was a very strong man, a very good worker, and knew just enough to be resentful of his master’s cruel treatment, decided to run away, living in the woods for days. His master sent out searchers for him, who always came in without him. The day of the sale, Willis made his appearance and was the first slave to be put on the block. His new master, a Mr. Jones of Tipton, Tennessee, was very kind to him. He said it was a real pleasure to work for Mr. Jones as he had such a kind heart and respected his slaves. Nathan remembers seeing slaves, both men and women, with their hands and feet staked to the ground, their faces down,...

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Biographical Sketch of Washington L. Alexander

Washington L. Alexander, a farmer of Lake County, Tennessee, is the son of Samuel B. and Mary (Slone) Alexander. His parents were both born in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, the father in 1794 and the mother in 1797. They married and lived in that state until 1826, when they moved to Missouri, from there to middle Tennessee and then to Mississippi, but soon returned to Tennessee, locating near Trenton, Gibson County. They had ten children, and were members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Alexander was a Whig before the war, and a republican afterward, and for many years was a magistrate. Mrs. Alexander died in 1867, and he then married Mrs. Martha Hassell; they had no children and he died in 1876. Our subject, W. L. Alexander, was born December 6, 1832, on the field where the battle of Shiloh was fought. He received a good education and taught school for ten years. After having clerked in a store for awhile he was then in the commission business for three years. In 1866 he married Jennie Wall, and they had five sons and three daughters. She died in 1884, and the same year he married Mrs. Virginia Mooney, who had three children by a former marriage. They have one child. His first wife was a Cumberland Presbyterian, his second a Missionary Baptist. Mr. Alexander has resided in Lake County...

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Biography of Fenton T. Stockard

In this country where so many young men are thrown upon their own resources at an early age and are often obliged, while yet inexperienced and unfamiliar with their own tendencies and inclinations, to choose their occupation in life, it can not be expected that the most suitable or congenial pursuit will be selected. Consequently it should be impressed upon the minds of youth that they ought to begin at an early age to practice introspection and seriously study the famous Delphic oracle, ” Know thyself.” They will thus find as suitable an occupation as did Fenton T. Stockard, who from an early age evinced a strong liking for law, which was apparently just suited to his qualifications and desires. Mr. Stockard is now one of the prominent attorneys of Billings, and has been a resident of that city for the past twelve years. He came originally from Gibson County, Tennessee. his birth occurring December, 16, 1867, and is one of a family of six children born to C. H. and Patience E. (White) Stockard. The father is also a native of Gibson County, Tennessee, and is now a prominent farmer and highly esteemed citizen of Christian County, residing near Billings. The Stockards are of Irish origin, and our subject’s great-great-grandfather was born on the ocean while his parents were coming to this country. William Stockard, grandfather of our...

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Biography of C. H. Stockard

C. H. STOCKARD. The credit of a large share of the enterprise which helps to make Christian County one of the most thriving and progressive of the counties of Missouri, belongs, in a considerable degree, to the worthy gentleman whose name is at the head of this sketch. Since 1879 he has made his home in this county, and during that time has shown himself thorough master of his business and an influential and esteemed citizen. His birth occurred in Gibson County, Tennessee, February 25, 1835, to William and Mary A. (Edwards) the Stockard. He is grandson of John Stockard, who moved from North Carolina to Tennessee when his son William was ten years of age. The Stockard family came originally from the Emerald Isle, while the Edwards family came from Scotland. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Thomas Edwards, organized a company and served as captain of the same in the War of 1812. The father of our subject was born in North Carolina in 1786 and was a soldier in the War of 1812. His death occurred in Tennessee when eighty-six years of age. All his life he had tilled the soil and was fairly successful in that occupation. In politics he was an Old Line Whig. The mother of our subject died in 1870, two years before her husband. To them nine children were born: John,...

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Biography of David B. Young

DAVID B. YOUNG. Ripley County, Missouri, boasts of many prominent citizens who came originally from Tennessee, and among the number is David B. Young, born in Gibson County, near Trenton, June 1, 1850. He was about eight years of age when he came with his father, Benjamin Young, to this county. Subject’s mother died when he was an infant. She was a native of Tennessee, as was also the father. After the death of his first wife Mr. Young married Mrs. Margaret 0. Cole, whose maiden name was Slayton. He died during the war, January 8, 1863, and was in one of the Missouri regiments of the Federal Army. He was wounded at Vicksburg from the effects of which he died. By occupation he was a carpenter, farmer, and he was also a successful educator. David B. Young remained with his stepmother until his marriage, which occurred in 1870, to Miss Sarah V. Kittrell, a native of Ripley County, Missouri She died January 17, 1880, and five years later Mr. Young wedded Miss Mary J. Jones, of St. Louis. One son, Frank, was the result of the first union. He is a resident of Doniphan. To the last union have been born two children, both daughters. After his marriage Mr. Young commenced farming near Barfield, where he was elected justice of the peace of Thomas Township, when but twenty-one...

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Biographical Sketch of Harwood Wilson

Wilson, Harwood; iron merchant; born, Trenton, Tenn., Jan. 15, 1880; son of R. D. and Lydia R. Harwood Wilson; educated, Trenton public schools; married, Trenton, Tenn., Dec. 30, 1903, Charlotte Virginia Greggard; issue, one daughter; assistant resident manager The Rogers, Brown & Co.; member Hermit...

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Biography of Neil Baxter Gardner

Since 1915 Neil Baxter Gardner has been Superintendent of the Oklahoma State Home for Orphans at Pryor. He was first appointed to that position of public service by Governor R. L. Williams, and he discharged his duties with such efficiency during that administration, that he was reappointed by Governor Robertson, with a substantial increase in salary. Mr. Gardner is one of Oklahoma’s sons by adoption, for he was born in Independence, Henderson County, Tennessee, on the 12th of October, 1875. His parents were Nathan A. and Frances Leona (Autry) Gardner, both of whom were born in Tennessee. They are now deceased. Neil Baxter Gardner received his early education in the common schools of Independence and Juno, Tennessee, and at the age of eighteen years enrolled as a student in the Baptist College, at Lexington. He attended that institution for one year and then enrolled in the Georgie Robertson Christian College, at Henderson, from which he was graduated with the LL. B. degree in 1899. For a few months he engaged in the practice of law with his old instructor, John W. Robertson of Henderson. He later went to Humboldt, Tennessee, and entered the mill and lumber business. For two years he remained in that town and then went to Missouri, locating in Tyler, where the following two years were spent in the conduct of a mercantile business. Subsequently he...

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Biographical Sketch of A. B. Conley

A. B. Conley, merchant, and a prominent citizen of Tullahoma, Tennessee, was born in Rutherford County, Tennessee, November 7, 1847; the son of A. W. Conley, a native of Tennessee. Our subject was reared on a farm in what is now a part of Crockett County. He acquired his education in the common schools and in 1867 began the study of medicine. He attended the Eclectic College at Cincinnati, Ohio, the medical department of the University of Louisiana at New Orleans, and graduated in 1884 from the American Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati. From 1871 to 1880 he practiced in Louisiana and then went to Milan, Tennessee. June 17, 1886, he came to Tullahoma and engaged in general merchandising, his present occupation. At the age of fourteen he ran away from home, joined the Confederate Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry. After a year’s service he returned home on account of sickness. He was married in 1869 to Mattie J., daughter of Washington Mitchell of Rutherford County, Tennessee. Three children were born to them, one girl and two boys; our subject is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows, K. of P., K. of H., K. & L. of H. and A. O. U. W....

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Gibson County, Tennessee Cemetery Transcriptions

Tennessee Cemetery records are listed by county then name of cemetery within the Tennessee county. Most of these are complete indices at the time of transcription, however, in some cases we list the listing when it is only a partial listing. Following Cemeteries (hosted at Gibson County, Tennessee Tombstone Transcription Project) Cemetery Index Akin Cemetery Baird Cemetery Baker Cemetery Ballentine Cemetery Beech Grove Baptist Cemetery Belews Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery Bell’s Chapel Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery Bethpage Baptist Church Cemetery Bishop Cemetery Blakemore Cemetery Bluff Springs Cemetery Bluff Springs Cemetery Bobbitt Cemetery Bradford (old Baker) Cemetery Brazil School Rd. Cemetery Bryant Cemetery Bruff Cemetery Bowers Chapel Campground Cemetery Cantrell Cemetery Carnes Cemetery Center Baptist Church Cemetery Centerville Cemetery Chapel Hill Baptist Church Cemetery China Grove Church Cemetery Clear Creek Baptist Cemetery Clement Campground Cemetery Cobb Cemetery Concord Cumberland Presbyterian¬†Church Cemetery Cool Springs Cumberland Presbyterian Church Cemetery Cooper Family Cemetery Cowan Cemetery Crocker Cemetery Davis Grove Cemetery Davidson Chapel Cumberland¬†Presbyterian Church Cemetery Davis Cemetery Dial Cemetery Duck Hill Cemetery Elam Cemetery Estes Cemetery First Baptist Church Cemetery Follis Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery Flowers Cemetery Friendship Grove Missionary Baptist Cemetery Friendship Cemetery German Lutheran Church Cemetery Gibson Memorial Gardens Cemetery Christus Garden Garden of Devotion Garden of Devotion Mausoleums Cemetery Masonic Garden Veterans Garden Goodman Cemetery Good Hope Methodist Church Cemetery Grier’s Chapel Methodist Church Cemetery Hall...

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