HENSLEE, J.T. (Dr.)

Dr. J. T. Henslee, one of Dickson County’s most prominent citizens, was born May 5, 1838, in western Kentucky, being one of a family of children born to the marriage of Joab Henslee and Nancy Justice. The father was a native of South Carolina, was a farmer and lived and died in Kentucky, his death occurring at the age of eighty-three years in 1878. The mother was a native of North Carolina, and at the age of eighty-six years, on Christmas day, 1885, she joined the innumerable dead. The immediate subject of this sketch was reared on a farm in his native State, and secured a common school education. He remained with his parents to the age of twenty-six years, having been in the war two years, in the Seventh Kentucky Volunteers, Confederate States Army. After his service in the war he studied medicine and attended the Medical College at Nashville, and in 1870 graduated in the Vanderbilt Medical College, having practiced about three years before receiving his diploma. He then engaged in the practice of his profession very successfully in Carroll County until 1879, when he located at Dickson in the practice of medicine, and also in general merchandising, including drugs. He justly met with very great success in his profession. In 1885 he retired from active practice to take charge of his business exclusively, transacting a business of about $20,000 per year. In 1870 he was married to M. F. Lipe, of Carroll County, who bore him one son, Pitt, now fourteen years old. This wife died in 1873, and in 1879 he chose and wedded D. M. Pickler, also of Carroll County. One daughter, Floy, has blessed this union. Mrs. Henslee is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Dr. Henslee is a member of the F. & A. M., K. of H. and K. & L. of H. orders. Politically he is a firm Democrat, and is widely known as an energetic and enterprising citizen.