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Location: Lake County TN

Biographical Sketch of William A. Sims M.D.

William A. Sims, M. D. is a son of William and Julia (Cooke) Sims, who are Tennesseans, born in 1826 and 1833 respectively. They were married in west Tennessee and immediately located in Crockett County where they have since resided. Of eight children born to them five are living, four sons and one daughter. Three of the sons are physicians and one is a teacher, though all have taught school. Both parents and all the children are members of the Christian Church. Dr. William A. Sims was born January 15, 1857 in Crockett County. His early education was quite limited as his father was poor and unable to give his children good advantages, but they all have acquired good educations through their own efforts. The Doctor taught school for some time and in 1878 began the study of medicine under Dr. W. T. MacLine. In 1880-81 he attended lectures in the University of Tennessee, and in the latter year opened an office five miles west of Tiptonville, where he practiced until 1883 and then completed his course at the Eclectic Medical Institute, at Cincinnati, Ohio graduating the same year. Soon after, he located in Tiptonville, where he has since resided and has an extensive practice. In 1883 he married Lillian McCulloch, who was born in Gibson County, Tennessee, December 11, 1861. They have one child, Ernest C. Dr. Sims...

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Biographical Sketch of George B. Riley

George B. Riley has been a resident of Lake County for thirty five years past, and is considered one of the representative men of that county, and was the son of George E. and Mary (Castle) Riley. His father was born in Henry County, Tennessee, February 1816; his mother in North Carolina in 1818. Mr. George Riley was a farmer and mechanic, and was married in Weakley County, Tennessee December 25, 1835. From this union were nine children, seven boys and two girls. The parents moved to Lake County in 1852, where the father died April 6, 1859, and the mother died February 14, 1867. They were both members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and Mr. Riley, Sr. was a Democrat. Geo. B. Riley, our subject, was of Irish descent on the father’s side and of English on the mother’s. He was born in Weakley County December 10, 1839 and as he was raised on the farm, his educational advantages were limited; he worked on the farm and remained with his parents until they died. In 1862 he volunteered under Colonel A. W. Campbell of the thirty third Tennessee Infantry and ranked as second lieutenant; was severely wounded at the battle of Shiloh, and discharged on account of ill health. Mr. Riley is a democrat has been a magistrate for fourteen years, and is now chairman of the Lake...

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Biographical Sketch of Robert Watson

Robert Watson, or “Uncle Bob,” as he is familiarly called by his friends, was born in Madison County, Tennessee, December 28, 1829, and was raised in that county. He was married to Miss Frances A. Burrus September 8, 1853; she was born in Madison County, July 20, 1828, and by their marriage they had three children, one son and two daughters, only one of them survives the wife of H. M. Peacock. Mrs. Watson was not a member of any church. She died September 28, 1877, and since then Mr. Watson has made his home with his son-in-law, Mr. Peacock. Mr. Watson came to Lake County, when it was first organized, in 1870, locating in the western part of the Fourth District. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and belongs to the Masonic fraternity, having taken the Council degree in that order. He is an outspoken democrat, and is liked and known all over Lake County, as a gentleman possessing a kind heart and genial...

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Biographical Sketch of James W. Tipton

James W. Tipton, a leading farmer and stock trader, of Lake County, is the son of Rev. Joshua and Rebecca A. (Rider) Tipton. The father was born in Wilson County, Tennessee, in 1817, and the mother in the same county in 1819. They married and lived in Wilson County until 1843, when they moved to Carroll County, and in 1845 to what is now Lake County, where they remained until they died. They had ten children, six sons and four daughters. Both belonged to the Methodist Church. While living in Obion County, he was deputy sheriff, and when Lake County was organized, he was the first sheriff of the county. He was a farmer but was for a while also a merchant of Tiptonville, the first post office at that place being kept in his store; he also owned a wood yard, and was a local preacher for twenty five years. Our subject, J. W. Tipton, was born May 7, 1847, and when only sixteen years of age, went into the army. When seventeen, he took charge of his father’s farm of 200 acres. August 5, 1869, he married Miss Tennessee A. Snow; born April 9, 1847, in James County, Tennessee He also cast his first vote on the 5th of August. They had seven sons and one daughter. Mr. and Mrs. Tipton are both Methodists. He is a...

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Biography of Joseph G. Tipton

Joseph G. Tipton, one of the leading citizens and merchants of Tiptonville, is the son of William and Eliza (Gallaher) Tipton. His father was born in East Tennessee, though raised in Franklin County; from there he moved to Tipton County, and finally to Texas, where he enlisted as a soldier, and received for his services a patent to a tract of land. He then returned to Tennessee, and married Miss Gallaher, a native of Missouri, and they settled in what is now Lake County, and lived there until their death. They had six children, three now living. Mr. Tipton in early life was a merchant, then a farmer, and a Democrat in politics. Mrs. Tipton was a devout Methodist; she died in 1860, and he died in 1870. The town of Tiptonville takes its name from him. Mr. Joe Tipton, on his father’s side, was of English descent; three brothers originally came from England and settled in Maryland. On his mother’s side he was French, Welsh and Irish. In 1861, he volunteered in the Madrid Bend Guards, of the Fifteenth Tennessee Infantry (C. E.) and continued with them until the surrender; was wounded at Shiloh and Jonesboro, Ga. and was captured but once making his escape two hours afterward. Mr. Tipton was born November 10, 1842, in what is now Lake County, and educated there. In 1866 he graduated...

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Biography of Robert Thompson

Robert Thompson, a farmer of Lake County, was the son of Robert and Sallie (Tharp) Thompson. His father was born in Guilford County, North Carolina in 1792, his mother in Rockingham County, North Carolina in 1790; they were married in Guilford County in 1814, and had eight children, five boys and three girls. They moved to Maury County, and lived there until 1847, when they moved to Lake County, which was then called Obion, and his mother died in 1858 and his father March 28, 1860. They were not connected with any church, though Mrs. Thompson was raised a Quaker. Mr. Thompson was a Democrat. Our subject, Robert Thompson, was of Irish descent on his father’s side, and Scotch on the mother’s. He was born in Maury County, Tennessee, July 5, 1827, was raised on the farm, and when twenty two years of age married Miss Martha Boyd, who was born in Calloway County, Kentucky, in 1826, and she only lived seven months after her marriage. Mr. Thompson then returned to his parents and remained with them until 1857, when he married Miss Eleanor J. Davis, who was born in Hickman County, Kentucky, October 17,1837. They had eight children, five boys and three girls, all living except Robert T., who died March 19, 1886, at the age of twenty six. Mrs. Thompson died December 31, 1884, and he married...

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Biographical Sketch of William J. Wynn

William J. Wynn, a retired farmer of Lake County, is the son of Ezekiel and Lucy (Threadgill) Wynn. His father was born in Virginia, and when a young man moved to North Carolina, where he married Miss Threadgill. In 1830 they moved to Wayne County, Tennessee, and in a few years to Obion County. They had eleven children, four sons and seven daughters. Mrs. Wynn was a Methodist; Mr. Wynn in politics a Whig. He devoted most of his time to farming, and was a good mechanic. He died in 1850, and his wife in 1862. His ancestors were of English descent. W. J. Wynn was born January 11, 1818, in Anson County, North Carolina. Most of his boyhood was passed at work in the cotton field, never attending school over six months; and when eighteen years of age he relied upon his own resources to make his way in life. For awhile he hired out to cut timber for the first railroad in Louisiana; then gave his time to farming. In 1843 he married Mary Barker, who was born in Benton County, Tennessee, in 1828. Of seven sons and six daughters born to this marriage six are still living. Mr. and Mrs. Wynn and five children belong to the Methodist Church. Mr. Wynn is a democrat, but gives his support to the best man, regardless of party. He...

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Biography of Dr. J.M. Wright

Dr. J. M. Wright has been an able and popular physician of Lake County for eighteen years, and was the son of Moses and Lericy (Farris) Wright. His father was born in Kentucky in 1812 and his mother in Giles County, Tennessee in 1814. When quite young he came to Tennessee, and married Miss Farris in Obion County, where they made their home. They had three sons, two of whom are farmers and stock raisers in Texas. Mrs. Wright was a Cumberland Presbyterian, but there being no church near her of that denomination, she united with the Methodists. In politics Mr. Wright was a Whig. He was an extensive farmer, and died in 1852. After his death Mrs. Wright spent a few years with her sons in Texas, then returned and lived with Dr. J. M. Wright until she died, in 1883. Dr. J. M. Wright was born April 24, 1837, in Obion County; was raised on the farm, receiving a good education. After studying medicine for a year under Dr. Horace Head, of Troy, Tennessee, he entered the medical department of the University of Louisiana, graduating there in 1861, locating at Troy; but the war commencing, he volunteered in Company B, of Twenty-seventh Tennessee Infantry, Confederate Army, as first lieutenant. He was soon disabled by ill health and returned home, soon after returning as assistant medical surgeon. In...

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Biographical Sketch of William C. Peacock

William C. Peacock, clerk of the circuit court of Lake County, and member of the firm of C. M. Peacock & Son, was born January 21, 1863, in Lake County, and was the son of C. M. and Ann (Brock) Peacock. He was raised on the farm and when sixteen entered the Kentucky Military Institute and graduated there in 1881. During this time he had been salesman for M. Ambery of Tiptonville. He taught school for a while after graduating then returned to the mercantile business as salesman. In 1883 his father bought out Mr. Ambery and gave him a partnership in the business. He soon became the business manager of the firm, and has since successfully conducted the store, doing an extensive business. August 1886, he was elected to the office of circuit court clerk, and has been popular as a good business man and an enterprising citizen. He belongs to the young democracy of the...

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Biographical Sketch of William A.J. Davis

William A. J. Davis, farmer, is the son of J. J. and Ann (Harry) Davis. The father was born in 1807 in Marion District, South Carolina; the mother in Marlborough District, South Carolina in 1809. They were married in 1825 and soon after moved to Mobile, Alabama. They had ten children, four boys and six girls, six of them now living. In 1831 they moved from Alabama to Hickman County, Kentucky, and in 1847 to Obion County, Tennessee Mr. Davis was a farmer, and with his wife he belonged to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He was a Democrat, taking an active interest in the success of his party. Mrs. Davis died in 1859, Mr. Davis in 1862. Our subject, William A. J. Davis, is of English Scotch extraction, and was born in Hickman County, Kentucky, June 17, 1885; was raised on the farm, and there being no school near enough for him to attend, his education was limited. October 30, 1855, he married Miss Martha Pollock, who was born in Obion County April 16, 1837. They have no children. Mr. Davis was in the Confederate Army. In 1862 he volunteered in the Thirty-third Regiment, Tennessee Volunteers, served eight months, was at Shiloh and other battles, was wounded and discharged on account of ill health. He had been a resident of Lake County ever since it was divided, except for...

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Lake 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 Lake County Tennessee Tombstone Transcription Project) Burrus Chapel Cemetery Davis Cemetery Haines Memorial Cemetery aka Lake Memorial Cemetery Jones Cemetery aka Cronanville Cemetery Hornridge Cemetery Mooring Cemetery New Haven Cemetery Section 1 Section 2 Section 3 Section 4 Section 5 Section 6 No Name Cemetery Old Madie Cemetery...

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