20. March 2014 · Comments Off on HARWELL, Thomas B. · Categories: Biographies · Tags: ,

HON. THOMAS B. HARWELL, a retired physician of Giles County, is the son of Gilham and Annie Harwell, natives of Virginia, who immigrated to Tennessee when quite small. They were married in 1820, and this union resulted in the birth of seven children: Sarah E., Thomas B., Samuel G., Annie W., Alfred F., Mary A. and William G. The father died in 1838, and the mother is still living. Our subject received his education in the Wurtenburg Academy, at Pulaski. In 1844 he commenced the study of medicine with I. J. Pepperson, of the above town, and in the fall of 1844 entered the Louisville Medical College, and attended one course of lectures. In 1850 he commenced the practice of medicine, and was engaged in this profession until 1867. He then abandoned his practice, and has since been devoting all his time to agricultural pursuits on the farm where he now resides. He has 600 acres of excellent land, all well improved, which is six miles south of Pulaski, near Harwell’s Station. He has been a rather successful man in all his undertakings, and is regarded as a prosperous and industrious farmer. In 1875 he was elected to the Legislature from Giles County, and was re-elected to the same in 1879, representing Giles and Lincoln Counties. He is a Democrat in politics, a member of the F & A. M. fraternity, and is also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He has also taken an active part in educational affairs of Tennessee, and is one of Giles County’s leading citizens.


Source: Goodspeed’s History of Giles County, 1886

31. May 2013 · Comments Off on Abernathy, Buckner · Categories: Biographies · Tags: , , , , ,

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.

21. May 2013 · Comments Off on BENSON, N.E. (Mrs.) · Categories: Biographies · Tags: , ,

Mrs. N. E. BENSON, of the Sixteenth District [Lincoln County], was born in Lincoln County, April, 1828, and was one of two children born to W. and Cynthia Hayes. Her father was born in North Carolina in 1793 and died November 5, 1866. He was in the war of 1812, under Gen. Jackson, and was a farmer by occupation. The mother of our subject was born in Lincoln County, and departed this life December 19, 1865. The other child of our subject’s parents was Commodore P., who was a farmer and resided in Lincoln County. He died December 25, 1867. Our subject received her education in the schools near home, and December 4, 1845, was united in marriage to Curran D. Benson, a native of Giles County, born September 10, 1820. By this union, Mrs. BENSON became the mother of three children – one of whom is living: Thomas E., born November 14, 1846, and died August 22, 1876; E. F., born April 6, 1849, and died July 5, 1873; and Ella O., born June 15, 1857, and the wife of W. G Harwell, a farmer of Giles County. They have five children: Robert E., William S., Fannie E., Sally M. and an infant. Mr. Benson (our subject’s husband) owned over 100 acres of valuable land at the time of his death, which occurred August 20, 1868. The land was then divided among the children and wife. The wife now owns about 200 acres, located near Millville, and it is considered a fine farm.(Goodspeed’s History of Lincoln County, 1886)