Location: Perry County TN

Slave Narrative of William W. Watson

Do I remember slavery? Who could forget these lash prints on my back. Some time I set here and look at my wife and think Lord help me look what I live through. Me and my wife had a car wreck early last year, that made her lose her mind so she just sings all the time cant think. Raises chickens and talks like a baby. She is two years older than me, and too she is the mother of thirteen children, had lots of trouble. I am still able to find the cows and horses that belong to my son. My wife has the prettyest name, Betsy Ann Davis, then she was sold to Donivan, he called her Annier, but I still say Betsy Ann. My wife just weighed 120 pounds use to weigh one hundred. My mother belonged to the same master that my wife did ole man Davis, Master Tom we calls him. My mother was Eliza Davis, and my paw was Baker Watson. Father was brought from some place to W. Virginia and sold, I never learned the place. When they was bought they come to Tennessee. I do not know the place. Henry Watson owned my father, and Tom Davis owned my mother. Davis lived in Tennessee. Watson’s plantation joined Davis some place about ten miles below Palaska. They lived in the deep country....

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Biography of James D. Stanly

JAMES D. STANLY. The farming class of America, and especially of the Western States, is noted for the degree of intelligence that is possessed among its representatives. Mr. Stanly is one of the most progressive of men, and as a tiller of the soil, as well as a merchant, he has been successful, pushing and enterprising. He was born in Perry County, Tennessee, to Henry T. and Jane (Dickson) Stanly, who were born and spent their lives in Tennessee, and inherits English blood of his father. He is the eldest living member of the children born to his parents, and he and his brother Harrison L. are the only ones living in Marion County, Arkansas He came to this section with an ox team, and upon his arrival here had but $150 in money. Having been brought up to a knowledge of farming, he began following this occupation upon starting out in life for himself, and in 1857 purchased a portion of the farm on which he is now residing, which at the present time consists of 700 acres of fine arable land, well adapted to the raising of all the products of that section. For some five or six months he was a soldier of the Civil War, and during that short time he was a participant in seventeen engagements, among which were Devall’s Bluff, Iron Mountain, and...

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Biography of Hon. Andrew J. McCollum

HON. ANDREW J. MCCOLLUM. The State of Missouri is well represented by the native Tennesseean, among whom are found many prominent and influential citizens, our subject not being classed among the least. He is now the most efficient circuit clerk of Ripley County and a man thoroughly posted and informed in the duties of his office as well as all other matters of moment. He was born in Hickman County, Tennessee, September 23, 1842, and the son of John and Susan (Caruthers) McCollum, natives of middle Tennessee. The father resided in Tennessee all his life and spent his days engaged in tilling the soil. He held the office of justice of the peace many years, also other positions of trust and honor, and was universally respected. He moved from Hickman County to Perry County, Tennessee, about 1851 and there died in 1877, when sixty-five years of age. After his death the mother moved to Ripley County, Missouri, and found a comfortable home with her son Andrew J. until her death in 1879, when fifty-six years of age. In politics the father was a Democrat. Andrew J. McCollum was a lad of nine years when he moved with his parents to Perry County, Tennessee, and in Hickman and that county he secured a fair education. In August or September, 1861, he joined the Forty-second Tennessee Confederate Infantry, Company H., as...

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Perry 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. Dowdy Cemetery (hosted at Perry County, Tennessee Tombstone Transcription Project) Cemetery Index (hosted at Perry County Tennessee USGenWeb)...

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