Isaac N. BLACK, M.D. [of Perry County, Tennessee] was the son of Isaac N. and Susan A. (Williamson ) Black who were born in Virginia. They married in Giles County, TN where they were early settlers. Dr. Black’s father was a farmer and died in 1844. His widow then married Joel B. Drake and bore him 4 children. She died in Lawrence County in 1861. Dr. Black made his home with his paternal grandmother until the war when he enlisted in the 3rd TN Confederate Infantry and served until the close of the war. He was promoted to Lt. in 1862 and participated in the battles of Fort Donelson, Chickasaw Bayou, Port Hudson, Raymond, Jackson, Chickamauga (wounded), Resaca (wounded), Franklin (wounded), and Bentonville (wounded). In 1869 he graduated at the University of Nashville and began to practice medicine in Linden. May 5, 1870, he married Julia M. Brashear, a daughter of Thomas Brashear. They had 2 children at the time of the writing: Lula L. and Alma M. (Perry County Goodspeeds Biography)

Notes: The 1850 Giles County Census includes Joel B. DRAKE in District 13, HH 31-31, age 35, OH, and Susan A. DRAKE, age 29, VA. Also in the HH (among others) is Isaac N. BLACK, age 10, TN. No other children in the HH are surname BLACK. Isaac N. has not yet been located in the 1860 census. See also Perry Co, TNGenWeb Goodspeeds Biographies for more biographies from that county.


  1. Lunette Harris

    Wow, Taneya, you are really doing a great job…Interesting information……..

    • Hi Lunette – Glad you like! I’m trying to find things/tidbits here and there to add to the site. If you have anything you think would be useful to share, please let us know. Obits, marriage notices, letters, bible records, etc. – it’s all welcome! 🙂

      • Lunette Harris

        I was born and raised in Giles County, so I really enjoy reading about early settlers. My family, the Boatright’s settled around Waco and Yokley road around 1809 to 1812. My mother’s family, the Birdsongs, settled around Prospect and Elkton. If IT have anything of interest, I will send it to you.