S. J. Crockett, farmer in Coffee County was born June 9, 1809, in Georgia. His father, John, a native of South Carolina and pioneer of Tennessee in 1812, was born February 29, 1780, and died March 9, 1859. He was of Irish descent. His mother, Mary (Cowan) Crockett, was born November 7, 1779, in Georgia, and died in 1857.

Leaving the farm when of age, after four years in general merchandising at Hillsboro, he began his career of farming. He was collecting officer for a time. March 15, 1835, he married Amelia Austell, born February 4, 1817, in South Carolina, daughter of Amos and Lucy Austell. Seven of their eight children are living: Eliza; Jno. G.; Bettie, wife of T. J. Brown; Sarah, wife of J. Gillam; Samuel A.; Cynthia E., wife of S. Willis of Texas, and Archia W. Of considerable wealth before the war our subject had to begin life anew after. A member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, he is politically a democrat.