Stephen G. Eleazer is the son of Stephen G. and Elizabeth (Bibb) Eleazer and was born at Turnbull Forge in Dickson County, Tenn., September 25, 1833. His father was a native of South Carolina and died of cholera in 1835. His mother was born in Tennessee, her grandfather being one of the earliest settlers of the State. Our subject began work for himself at the age of twenty-four years, engaging in farm work, which he continued until the breaking out of the Rebellion, when he entered the Confederate service, he being one of the first to volunteer, and went out under Col. Bailey. He was taken prisoner at Fort Donelson and confined at Camp Douglas as a prisoner of war for seventeen months. After the prisoners were exchanged at Vicksburg, Miss., and the company was reorganized he was appointed a commissary sergeant. Our subject went through the war without having been sworn into the service. On May 5, 1858, he was married to Susanna Woodard and to them were born eight children: Benjamin F., Sallie C., William M., Sleven G., George, John D., Elizabeth and Susie Ann. The wife died in 1882. Our subject is a successful farmer and a prominent man. He was elected and served as trustee of his county during 1874-75 and served as tax collector from 1876 to 1879.