GEORGE D. GRAY, M. D., of Buford Station, Tenn., was born in Mississippi, near Holly Springs, Marshall County, June 18, 1845. His father, Dr. George W. Gray, was born in Maryland in 1814, and came to Tennessee in 1828, thence to Mississippi, thence to Arkansas in 1854, where he resided and practiced medicine until his death in 1873. Our subject’s mother’s maiden name was Sallie Reynolds, who was born in Giles County, Tenn., and died in 1848. George D. received a liberal education at North Mount Pleasant, Miss., and began the study of medicine in the fall of 1865, attending lectures at the University of Louisiana, at New Orleans, and subsequently attended lectures at Washington University, at Baltimore, Md., graduating from that institution in 1868. He located in Arkansas, where he practiced his profession with success until 1883, when he came to Giles County, Tenn., and has successfully practiced his profession at Buford Station. In 1873, he married Sallie Sloan, of Arkansas, and by her is the father of five children: Dudley, George W., St. Clair N., Janie and Maud. Dr. Gray and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.


Source: Goodspeed’s History of Giles County, 1886

ANDREW L. GLAZE, M. D., a practicing physician located at Elkton, Giles County, was born February 25, 1837, in Limestone County, Ala., and is of Irish extraction. He received his early education in the schools of Alabama, and subsequently attended school at Elkton, Giles County. In 1858 he began the study of medicine with Dr. A. J. Held, of Elkton, and in 1859 entered the University of Nashville and attended one course of lectures. At the time of the breaking out of the war he was connected with the medical department of the Confederate Army where he remained until the close of the war. He then returned to Elkton, and was engaged in the practice of his profession. October 18, 1866, he was joined in marriage to Martha J. Stone, daughter of Thomas J. and Almira Stone, of Lincoln County. By this union our subject and wife became the parents of four children: Lilla, Madora, Mattie and Annie. In 1874, Dr. Glaze entered the University of Nashville, and graduated from that institution in 1875. He then returned to Elkton. and has been constantly engaged in his profession ever since. The Doctor is a Democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. Glaze died May 2, 1886.


Source: Goodspeed’s History of Giles County, 1886

THOMAS S. FOGG’S birth occurred in King and Queen’s County, Va, June 20, 1820, the oldest and only surviving member of a family of five children born to James G. and Patsy (LaFaun) Fogg, and is of Scotch and French extraction. James Fogg was born in Virginia, in 1790, and came to Tennessee in 1823. He served in the war of 1812, and died in Giles County, Tenn., July 2, 1852. The mother was also a Virginian, born in 1795, and died in 1833, in Tennesee. Our subject’s grandfather, James Fogg, served in the war for Independence and fought at Bunker Hill and Cowpens. Our subject has made farming his chief business through life, but in early life followed carpentering and traveled in all the Southern States. Mary M. Beasley became his wife December 24, 1846, and has borne him twelve children, nine now living: Thomas A., Walter S., Oscar G., Harry P.. Edwin, Claude, Guy, Gertrude and Maie. Mrs. Fogg was born May 11, 1829. Mr. Fogg was an old-line Whig and since the death of that party has not affiliated with any political organization. He was made a Mason in 1847, and owns the “Pleasant View” farm of 500 acres, and is a liberal and benevolent giver, aiding all laudable enterprises. The most of the family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


Source: Goodspeed’s History of Giles County, 1886

WILLIAM FOGG, deceased, was a farmer and a stock raiser of the Sixth District in Giles County. He was born in King George County, Va., in 1799, son of Frederick and Elizabeth Fogg, natives of Virginia. William received a good education and came to this State, settling in Giles County in the early part of this century. He was a tiller of the soil, and in 1832 he was joined for life to Frances Fogg, who died in 1852, in Giles County. In 1855 he took for his second wife Sarah L. Morris, the widow of Gen. Lafayette Morris, and the daughter of Levi and Mary A. Reed, natives of Tennessee. By this union our subject became the father of five children, viz.: Annie M., Frances E., William R., Frederick A. and Louisa M. Mr. Fogg came from a very highly respected family, and is of English descent. He owned 300 acres of good land, all well improved, and was in very comfortable circumstances. He died in 1868, mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends. He was a Democrat in politics.


Source: Goodspeed’s History of Giles County, 1886

CAPT. JOHN D. FLAUTT, cashier of the Giles National Bank, was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., October 2. 1835, son of James and Delilah O. (Dillon) Flautt, and is of German descent. James Flautt was born in Maryland, in 1800, and his wife in North Carolina, in 1804. He came to Tennessee in 1820 and to Giles County in 1838, and died in the latter place in 1883. Mrs. Flautt died in 1868. Our subject is the sixth of their seven children, and received the rearing and schooling of the average farmer’s boy, besides attending Giles College, at Pulaski. From 1860 until May 14, 1861, he was a clerk in the dry goods store of D. C. Corbt & Co. At the latter date he enlisted in John C. Brown’s Company, Third Tennessee, Confederate States Army, as private, and was commissioned regimental quartermaster in October, 1862, with the rank of captain, and thus continued until the close of the war. In December, 1865, he engaged in the hardware business in Pulaski, but in 1882 was elected assistant cashier of Giles National Bank, and January, 1883, was elected cashier. May 19, 1869, he wedded Salonia M. Rose, daughter of Col. S. E. Rose. They have five children: Marcella R., James S., Mary L., John H. and Meredith. Mr. Flautt is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Buchanan. He became a Mason in 1866, and he and Mrs. Flautt are members of the Presbyterian Church.


Source: Goodspeed’s History of Giles County, 1886

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ABRAM F. FINLEY is the son of Carroll and Nancy Finley, natives of Tennessee. They were married in 1835, and to them were born the following children: James L. D., Martha E., Newton M., Abram F., Josie, Charles C. and Mollie. The mother died in 1854. Our subject was born in Marshall County in 1845, and received a liberal education in the district schools of Marshall County. In early life he assisted his father in farming. At the youthful age of sixteen he joined the Confederate Thirty-second Tennessee Regiment of Volunteers (Col. Ed. C. Cook, commanding), and remained in service until the close of the war, and participated in most of the principal battles. He then returned home, and was engaged in farming until 1867, when he came to Pulaski and engaged in the liquor business. He has been very successful financially, as he started on a very small capital, but by industry he has made himself a wealthy man. He is noted for his liberality, and contributes to all charitable organizations. He is a Democrat in politics. The early members of the Finley family emigrated from North Carolina at an early date, settled in Marshall County, and were among the first settlers of Middle Tennessee.


Source: Goodspeed’s History of Giles County, 1886

BUCKNER ABERNATHY born ca 1759(?), buried Old Abernathy Cemetery, Giles County, Tennessee (Abstract of Graves of Revolutionary Patriots, Daughters of the American Revolution, Refs 57 and 59 and ) Buckner ABERNATHY’S Revolutionary War Service has not yet been confirmed. He is not found on the 1812 Giles County Tax List, but a Buckner ABERNATHY is on p. 22 of the 1820 Giles County census with one male over 45 and one female over 45 in the household (with others). The 1830 census has not been checked, but Buckner is apparently the B. ABERNATHY in the 1840 Giles County Census, p. 121 with one adult male 80-90 in the household (among others). In 1850, Buckner ABERNATHY is age 91 (born ca 1759), Virginia, in District 16, HH110. Frances THOMAS (female), age 55, North Carolina, is also in the household.

Buckner is thought to have been the son of John B. ABERNATHY who died testate, his will dated 17 Feb 1812, and recorded in Brunswick County, Virginia (Will Book 8, page 79):
In the name of God Amen-

I John ABERNATHY serv. (?) of the county of Brunswick now in tolerable health and perfect memory do this 17th day of February, in the year of our lord eighteen hundred and twelve do make and publish this my last will and testament in the following manner (Viz.) I give my son John ABERNATHY twenty five pounds per year during my residence with him for my board and clothing. If there is not money sufficient at my death to pay John ABERNATHY above mentioned then my desire is that he shall sell my land pay himself in full the balance that may be due him for my board and clothing and my desire is that my executor divide the residue of my estate between my children (except Charles ABERNATHY, the heirs of Ann HARWELL, and the heirs of Jenny DAVIS, which I shall hereafter mention). I then give and bequeath one proportion to my son Frederick ABERNATHY, to him and heirs forever. Also to John ABERNATHY, to him and his heirs forever. To Robert ABERNATHY, to him and his heirs forever. To Buckner ABERNATHY, to him and his heirs forever. To Joshua ABERNATHY, to him and his heirs forever. To Smith ABERNATHY, to him and heirs forever. I also give to children first mentioned meaning Charles ABERNATHY, the heirs of Ann HARWELL and the heirs of Jenny DAVIS fifteen shillings to be equally divided between them and their heirs forever. I constitute and appoint John ABERNATHY executor to this my last will and testament whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year before mentioned.

John Abernathy

Acknowledged in presence of
Jesse Peterson
Richard Stith
Rawleigh H. Abernathy

Proved on ________________.

(S. Lepow, Brunswick County, VAGenWeb)
No marriage has been located for Buckner (although see below), but among the Abernathy marriages in Brunswick County, Virginia are those of Charles to Elizabeth DAVENPORT, 14 Oct 1786; Jensey to John CAIN, 1 Dec 1786; Silvy to Reuel (Revel?) LEWIS, 07 Aug 1787; Harbert to Susanna HARWELL, 22 Dec 1788; Patsey to Benager SEXTON, 04 Feb 1790, Nancy to Rowley [Rawleigh?] BROWN, 23 Dec 1790; Jarrard to Anney SADLER, 09 Jan 1794; Frederick to Milly DAVENPORT, 13 Feb 1795; Alice to Lewis KELLEY, 19 Nov 1795; Martha to Davis BROWN, 23 Nov 1795; Henry to Rebecca FIRTH, 15 Dec 1796; Jane [Jenny?] to John DAVIS, 08 Dec 1798; Nancy to John SCOGGIN, 18 Dec 1798; Rebecca to John DIXON, 07 Feb 1799; and Catherine to Robert LUCY, 22 Oct 1799 (marriage index – records not viewed).

There are four early DAR applications for Buckner ABNERNATHY:

The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 75, page 208. Mrs. Elise ABERNATHY McElwee. DAR ID Number: 74562 Born in Pulaski, Tenn. Wife of H. Q. MCELWEE. Descendant of Buckner Abernathy, James Boone, and Lieut. James Holland. Daughter of William Lane Abernathy (b. 1859) and Leonora Pointer (b. 1865), his wife, m. 1883. Granddaughter of Wyatt Hooper Abernathy (b. 1822) and Elizabeth M. Lane (1831-1901), his wife; Samuel Pointer (1830-81) and Cynthia Rhodes Holland (1831-71), his wife. See No. 74561. Gr-granddaughter of John Revere Abernathy (1788-1844) and Cynthia Boone (b. 1790), his wife, m. 1810. Gr-gr-granddaughter of Buckner Abernathy and Hulda Revere, his wife; James Boon and Elizabeth Bryan (1740-1850), his wife. Buckner Abernathy (1745-1850) served as a private in Captain Wallace’s company, 2nd Virginia regiment. He was born in Virginia; died in Giles County, Tenn. James Boone (1735-1805) served as a private in Captain Bailey’s company, Col. Abraham Shepard’s 10th North Carolina regiment. He was born in North Carolina.

BUCKNER ABERNATHY The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 97, page 193 Miss Mary Lou Abernathy. DAR ID Number: 96621 Born in Giles County, Tenn. Descendant of Buckner Abernathy, and of James Boone, as follows: 1. Wyatt Harper Abernathy (1822-1901) m. 2nd 1858 Elizabeth M. Lowe (d. 1901). 2. John Rivers Abernathy (1788-1844) m. 1810 Cynthia Boone (1790-1854). 3. Buckner Abernathy m. 1779 Hulda Rivers (1755-1850); James Boone m. 1770 Elizabeth Bryan (1740-1800). Buckner Abernathy (1745-1850) served as a private in Capt. Wallace’s company, 2nd Virginia regiment. He was born in Virginia; died in Giles County, Tenn. James Boone (1735-1805) served as a private in Captain Bailey’s company, Col. Abraham Shepard’s 10th North Carolina regiment. He was born in North Carolina.

BUCKNER ABERNATHY The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 99, page 274 Mrs. Ballie Lewis Riddle. DAR ID Number: 98866 Born in Pulaski, Tenn. Wife of George T. Riddle. Descendant of Buckner Abernathy, and of James Boone, as follows: 1. William G. Lewis (1829-94) m. 1852 Cynthia Adeline Abernathy (1834-64). 2. John Rovers Abernathy (1788-1844) m. 1810 Cynthia Boone (1790-1854). 3. Buckner Abernathy m. 1787 Hulda Rivers (1755-1835); James Boone m. 1770 Elizabeth Bryan (1740-1800). Buckner Abernathy (1745-1850) served as private in Captain Wallace’s company, 2nd Virginia regiment. He was born in Virginia; died in Giles County, Tenn. James Boone (1735-1805) served as private in Capt. Bradley’s company, Col. Abraham Shepard’s 10th North Carolina regiment. He was born and married in North Carolina.

BUCKNER ABERNATHY The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 103, page 229 Mrs. Louise Abernathy Orchard. DAR ID Number: 102742 Born in Pulaski, Tenn. Wife of Joseph Orchard. Descendant of Buckner Abernathy and of James Boone, as follows: 1. Hyatt S. Abernathy (b. 1857) m. 1878 Elizabeth Martin (b. 1857). 2. William Thomas Abernathy (d. 1862) m. 1853 Elizabeth Franklin (b. 1836). 3. John Rivers Abernathy (1788-1844) m. 1810 Cynthia Boone (1790-1854). 4. Buckner Abernathy m. 1787 Hulda Rivers (1755-1835); James Boone m. 1770 Elizabeth Bryan (1740-1800). Buckner Abernathy (1745-1850) served as a private in Captain Wallace’s company, 2nd Virginia regiment. He was born in Virginia; died in Giles County, Tenn. James Boone (1735-1805) was a private in Captain Bradley’s company, Col. Abraham Shepard’s 10th North Carolina regiment, 1776-82. He was born in North Carolina and was married there.

ERNEST W. CROWELL. One of the leading members of the Giles county bar is Ernest W. Crowell, of Pulaski, a native of Bedford county, who was born March 21, 1884, and a son of Hiram B. and Margaret Emily (Cook) Crowell. His paternal grandfather was John M. Crowell of North Carolina, who was of Dutch descent and married Lavina Pressgroves, a direct descendant of Pocahontas. The father entered the Methodist ministry at an early age and served as presiding elder of the North Methodist church for sixteen years. He died in 1921. His wife was of English descent and both the Crowell and Cook families were pioneers of Bedford county, Tennessee.

Ernest W. Crowell was educated in the public school of Bedford county and later entered Cumberland University, being graduated from the law department and receiving his LL. B. degree in 1906. He was reared upon a farm but after receiving his degree entered upon his profession in Pulaski, Tennessee, now occupying the offices where the original Ku Klux Klan was organized. He is one of the leading lawyers of Giles county, enjoying an extensive and representative clientage, and he handles much important litigation before the court.

On the 18th of December, 1912, Mr. Crowell was united in marriage to Miss Mary Lee Meadows, a daughter of Dr. J. A. Meadows of Bethel, Tennessee. She was born in 1889 and died in May, 1913.

Politically Mr. Crowell is a stanch republican and is actively interested in party affairs. He was republican elector in 1912 on the Hughes ticket for the state of Tennessee, and for some time he has been a member of the election commission of Giles county. He has also served as chairman of the republican committee of Giles county. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Junior Order of United American Mechanics, Modern Woodmen of the World and the Masonic order. His religious faith is that of the Methodist church. No man stands higher in Pulaski for integrity and sterling worth and he well merits the success he has achieved. (Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 2, John Trotwood Moore and Austin P. Foster, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1923)

CORNELIUS A. CRAIG, possessing splendid powers of organization combined with marked executive force, is the efficient president of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company and one of the representative citizens of Nashville [Davidson County]. He was born in Giles county, Tennessee, June 15, 1868, and is a son of William J. and Virginia (Abernathy) Craig, both of whom were also natives of Tennessee, the former born in Maury county and the latter in Giles county. In young manhood the father removed to Giles county, where he wedded Virginia Abernathy and there engaged in farming, spending his remaining days in that section of the state. While always a stanch democrat of the Andrew Jackson school and an active supporter of the party, he was never an office seeker.

The son, Cornelius A. Craig, is a self-educated as well as self-made man. He attended the public schools of Pulaski, Tennessee, to the age of fifteen years and then started out to fight life’s battles and has come off victor in the strife. For a year he was engaged in farming after putting aside his textbooks and at the end of that time, owing to the father’s death, the family removed to Pulaski, where he secured a situation in a dry goods store, acting as clerk for a time. Later he established business on his own account as a druggist and in connection with the control of the store opened an insurance agency, thus making his initial step along the line in which he is now actively engaged. In 1897 he disposed of his interests at Pulaski and came to Nashville, where he entered the office of the state insurance commissioner and a year later he was made deputy commissioner, which position he continued to fill until December, 1901, when he resigned to accept the presidency of the National Life & Accident Insurance Company, then a small concern. In the twenty years which have elapsed since he was called to the presidency, the resources of the company have developed from an annual income of about one hundred thousand dollars and twelve or thirteen thousand dollars assets, to a corporation which now has an income of more than ten million dollars with assets of seven and a quarter million. This success is a notable proof of the business ability of him who was once a Tennessee farm boy, deprived of numerous advantages and opportunities which many youths enjoy. As chief executive of the company he has demonstrated his ability to differentiate between the essential and the non-essential in business affairs and to coordinate and organize his forces into a unified and harmonious whole, whereby splendid results are achieved.

In September, 1889, Mr. Craig was married to Miss Maggie Sinclair of Franklin, Tennessee, and to them have been born two children: Edwin W., who was educated in the Vanderbilt University and is now manager of the ordinary life department of the company; and Kathryn, who completed her education in Mrs. Finch’s school of New York city.

Mr. Craig is a member of Nashvills Lodge, Knights of Pythias, also of Corinthian Lodge, No. 414, A. F. & A. M., of Nashville; Trinity Consistory, No. 2, A. & A. S. R.; and Immanuel Rose Croix Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S. In April, 1922, Mr. Craig was appointed a member of the civil service commission of Nashville, in which capacity he is now serving. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Fourth & First National Bank of Nashville, is a member of the board of directors of the Brandau, Craig, Dickerson Company, printers and engravers of Nashville, and is interested in various lines of activity which contribute to the material, intellectual and moral progress of the community. He and his family are members of the West End Methodist Episcopal church, South, in which Mr. Craig is serving on the board of stewards and as president of the Men’s Club. He is interested in all those forces which make for character upbuilding and for civic righteousness and progress and his labors in these connections have been far-reaching and beneficial. (ibid., pp. 537-8)

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ROBERT HUTTON BROWN, engaged in the automobile and garage business in Pulaski, was born in Asheville, North Carolina, on the 25th of March, 1892, a son of Robert S. and Sally (Smith) Brown. The paternal grandfather was J. V. Brown, a native of North Carolina. Robert S. Brown was born in 1859 and in early life entered the Presbyterian ministry. He is now pastor of the church at Petersburg and is a man of much prominence in that community. He was a chaplain in the United States army during the Spanish-American war. Mrs. Brown was born in 1862. Besides Robert Hutton Brown of this review, Mr. and Mrs. Brown have three daughters: Roberta, Madeline and Sarah.

Robert Hutton Brown attended the public schools of Giles county and in due time was graduated from high school. He then enrolled in the Southeastern State Normal School at Cape Girardeau, Missouri, and subsequently came to Tennessee, locating in Fayetteville. There he engaged in the garage business. While on his wedding trip in 1917, Mr. Brown enlisted in the United States army at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and was sent to Denver, Colorado, and thence to Kelly Field, San Antonio, Texas. Subsequently he was sent to Camp Hancock, Georgia, and to Camp Greene, South Carolina, where he was given intensive training courses. He was subsequently sent to Hoboken, New Jersey, and sailed overseas a short time afterward. He landed at Brest, France, on the 1st of August, 1918; was in Italy for five months, and then returned to France and eventually embarked from Brest for the United States. He landed at Newport News, Virginia, and received his honorable discharge at Camp Lee in August, 1919. He immediately returned to Tennessee and located at Pulaski, where he established an automobile agency for the Dodge and Hudson cars. This concern is one of the representative business interests in Pulaski.

At Fayetteville [Lincoln County], on the 27th of October, 1917, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Brown to Miss Mildred Rhodes, a daughter of W. C. and Laura Rhodes, prominent citizens of Lincoln county. To Mr. and Mrs. Brown two children have been born: Ann, whose birth occurred on the 24th of January, 1920, and who died on the 11th of August, 1922; and Roberta, born in 1918.

Politically Mr. Brown is a democrat and his religious faith is that of the Presbyterian church. He is an active member of the Chamber of Commerce and is also identified with the Kolumbian Klub. (Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 3, John Trotwood Moore and Austin P. Foster, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1923)

[NOTE: Helen Brown, daughter-in-law of Robert Hutton Brown, has submitted a surname spelling correction. The correct spelling should be Rodes, not Rhodes. Corrected should read “... marriage of Mr. Brown to Miss Mildred Rodes, a daughter of W. C. and Laura Rodes ... ” Submitted 02 May 2003]

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