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.
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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 of the principles of prohibition.