YATES, J.W.

J.W. YATES, merchant and a prominent young citizen of Tullahoma, Tenn., was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, August 24, 1855, and is the son of James and Mary A. (Walters) YATES, natives of England. The parents came to America in 1855, and our subject was born three days after their arrival in Cincinnati. The parents are members of the Episcopal Church, and are citizens of Coffee County, Tenn.

Our subject received a good education in the public schools, and followed it with several courses in bookkeeping. In 1882 he came to Tullahoma and engaged in business, and is at present carrying a stock of about $18,000, and meeting with success. In 1882 he married Ida, daughter of Cooper GRANDBERRY, a native of South Carolina. They have two children: Wilton Earl (born in 1884) and Lillie May (born in 1886). Politically he is a Democrat. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb, and Cannon, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.

WOOTEN, J.D.

J. D. WOOTON, M.D., a leading physician of Manchester, was born in Warren County,Tenn., April 5, 1840. He is the son of Jonathan and Nancy (Hampton) WOOTON, the former born in 1792 in North Carolina, and died in Warren County, in 1877; the latter born in 1802 in Kentucky, and died in February,1886. The elder WOOTON was a farmer, a soldier of the Revolution, and a consistent member of the Christian Church, while in political faith he was a Whig. His wife, a near relative of Gen. Wade HAMPTON, was a member of the Baptist Church.

Our subject, the youngest of six children, received, besides his early education, a course at Burritt College. He soon after sold goods for his brother-in-law, Dr. A.B. DAVIS, at what is now Viola. In 1859 he entered the medical department of the University of Nashville, and graduated before he reached his majority. He soon enlisted as second lieutenant in Company D, Thirty-fifth Tennessee Regiment Infantry, Confederate Army. He served as assistant surgeon, and acted as chief surgeon at various times. He acquired considerable reputation for skill in his long service, surrendering with Johnston at Greensboro, N.C. A hip-joint amputation of the leg of a comrade might be mentioned as an example of his skill and then confidence of his fellows. He located at Viola, and for fifteen years was one of the leading physicians of the county.

Since 1880 he has been equally successful in Manchester, engaging also in merchandising with a stock of $10,000, the care of his two plantations of 1,500 and 450 acres in Coffee and Warren Counties, the latter of which feeds a stock of about 100 young mules. He owns a half interest in the Duck River Paper Mills,the largest south of the Ohio River, and the only ones in Tennessee, that make wood pulp. He is a self-made man. July 20, 1865, he married Fannie HICKERSON, a cultured lady, daughter of Judge W.P. HICKERSON. They have two children: Wade H., aged seventeen, and Lillie, aged twenty. Mr. WOOTON is a believer in the Christian religion, though not a member of any church, while in political faith he is Democratic. Mrs. WOOTON is a member of the Christian Church.

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WOOD, S.H.

S.H. WOOD, M.D., a physician of Hillsboro, was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., November 13, 1824. His parents, Thomas and Susan (Baldridge) WOOD, are natives of Orange County,N.C., immigrating to Tennessee about 1806. A blacksmith by trade the elder WOOD moved to Hickman County, Ky., in 1827, remaining there to the close of his life in 1837.

Reared on the farm, our subject began the study of medicine in 1844, and before beginning to practice in Bradyville, Tenn., attended Louisville University. Since 1866 he has had successful practice at his present home. He married Elizabeth LYON, of Rutherford County, in 1849. Born to them were John, May 14, 1850, and Mary F., June 10, 1852. His wife died July 10, 1853. He next married Mary J. LYON, by whom he had seven children. Her death occurred May 2, 1872, at Hillsboro. In 1874 he married Sarah C. HUFFAR. They have six children. He is a member of the Christian Church. In 1861 he was State representative, and is now justice of the peace. Politically he is a Democrat.

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WINTON, J.C.

J.C. WINTON, a well known citizen of Manchester, was born in Coffee County, Tenn., July 16, 1856. He is the son of John and Martha (Layne) WINTON, both natives of Tennessee, the latter born about 1830. Engaged in mercantile trade at Hillsboro before marriage, the elder WINTON then became a successful farmer. He was a Democrat.

Our subject, after receiving a good education, was engaged in farming, when in 1880 he entered the firm of Wooton & Hickerson, Manchester, which two years later became Wooton & Winton, our subject owning a third interest. They do a business of about $45,000 annually. March 17, 1883, he married Blanche, born in 1863, in Coffee County, daughter of Mayor P.C. ISABELL of Manchester. Their children, Clark, Wooton and Edwin, are four, three and one year old respectively. Politically he is a Democrat, and his wife is a member of the Christian Church.

Goodspeed Pub. Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb, and Cannon, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.

WHITWORTH, E.M.

E.M. WHITWORTH, a farmer of Coffee County, was born August 3, 1840, in Bedford County. His father, Benjamin F., was born in Marshall County January 8, 1814, and died October 12, 1876. In the fourth generation back were three brothers who were among the famous Jamestown, Va., settlers, and the next generation came to Tennessee. His mother, Minerva L. (Morton) WHITWORTH, was born in 1820, in Tennessee, daughter of Jacob and Annie (Fisher) MORTON; the former was in the war of 1812 under Gen. JACKSON. Reared on his father’s farm until of age he then began his present successful career as a farmer. From 1862 until the surrender he was a Confederate soldier.

He married Hattie JOHNSON, of Rutherford County, February 1, 1860. Six children–four living–were born to them. His wife died November 8, 1874. June 25, 1876, he married Virginia THOMPSON, daughter of George THOMPSON, of English blood and a descendant of Pocahontas, through his grandparents, Burwell and Nancy (Wafford) THOMPSON. A Democrat in political faith, he has been elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for twenty-five years, a member of the Masonic order, and served as superintendent of public instruction for two terms.

Goodspeed Pub. Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb, and Cannon, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.

WARD, James F.

James F. WARD, member of the livery firm of Ward Bros., of Tullahoma, was born in Moore County, Tenn., in 1859, and is the son of Noah WARD, a native of Moore County. Reared on the farm of his parents, near Lynchburg, Tenn., our subject attended the public schools of the neighborhood. At the age of eighteen he began for himself, and came to Tullahoma in 1880, where he worked at different occupations until 1885, when, with his brother, R.H. WARD, he purchased the livery stable which they are now conducting. Politically he is a Democrat, and is regarded as one of the progressive young citizens of his adopted city.

Goodspeed Pub. Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb, and Cannon, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.

WAGGONER, J.W.

J.W. WAGGONER, Esq., of Coffee County, born October 8, 1836, is the son of J.A. and Rebecca WAGGONER, the former, born in 1806, died in 1848, and the latter born in 1806, died in 1883. Our subject is of German and Scotch descent. After continuing on the farm to care for his mother, he entered the Confederate service in 1862. After six months in camp with Capt. McCUTCHEN’s company,he was made steward and bookkeeper of the hospital at Chattanooga, afterward farming and teaching; in 1869 he took his present office of magistrate.

He began the successful practice of law in Manchester in 1878. November 5, 1875, he married Eliza, daughter of Alford B. and Nancy COOK. Their six children are James H., William H., Nannie R., Addie M., Alice G. and James N. Mr. WAGGONER is worth about $2,000, is a member of I.O.O.F. Lodge, and is at present chairman of the Democratic executive committee of the county. In 1887 he was appointed county clerk.

Goodspeed Pub. Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb, and Cannon, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.

THOMAS, John F.

Hon. John F. THOMAS, real estate agent and a prominent citizen of Tullahoma, Tenn., was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., April 17, 1828. His father, Joshua THOMAS, a native of North Carolina, died while our subject was a small boy. At the age of eleven years our subject was bound out to Joshua GORE, but ran away and returned to his mother. His advantages were limited, but through his own efforts he acquired a good education, and when twenty-three years of age began teaching school. In 1851 he removed to Coffee County and taught a school on Duck River, with his resident in Tullahoma.

In 1859 he became a member of the firm of Holland & Thomas, general merchants, Tullahoma, continuing until the war, when he went to Shelbyville,Tenn. On the Federal occupation of Tullahoma he returned home to again engage in business. In 1862 he was appointed postmaster at Tullahoma and held his commission until he was elected to represent Coffee County in the lower house of the Legislature in 1865. He was one of the twenty-one members who resigned their seals rather than vote for the “Disfranchise Bill.” His constituency endorsed his course by re-election to the same position, but he was denied his seat. He was the first constable of Tullahoma and served several times as alderman. In 1867 he was appointed assistant United States revenue assessor, and later deputy United States revenue collector. He served as superintendent of public instruction of Coffee County, and was next appointed as United States store-keeper, and soon after gauger, holding these until 1883. Elected magistrate in 1883 he holds that office, together with notary public at present.

Mr. THOMAS was married in 1854 to Mary J., daughter of Thomas BLANTON, of Coffee County. Both are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church North. Politically he has been a Republican since the breaking out of the war.

Goodspeed Pub. Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb, and Cannon, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.

TAYLOR, F.M.

F.M. TAYLOR, farmer in Coffee County, was born January 16, 1845, in Tennessee. He is the son of Daniel and Mary (Angel) TAYLOR, the former born about 1813 in Tennessee, and the latter about 1811, and is still living, while her husband died in 1846. His grandmother, also Mary ANGEL by name, a native of Virginia, died in 1885, about one hundred years old.

Leaving the farm, our subject served a year in Company A, First Tennessee Infantry. Not yet eighteen, he was discharged on account of his years, and after two years’ teaching, he began his life of farming, uninterrupted except from January 1, 1883, to October 1, 1885, in general merchandising at Manchester. Blowing Spring, a natural curiosity, is located near his land.

December 17, 1863, he married Lucinda J., daughter of Anderson and Rebecca LAMBERT. Their nine children are Andrew J., William T., Robert E.L., Sarah E. (died September, 1878), Albert S., Eliza J., Roger S., Lulu F. and Josephus Z. Mr. TAYLOR served two terms as magistrate, is justice of the peace, a member of the Masonic order and of the Separate Baptist Church. He is a Democrat. Mill Cove is a remarkably finely watered land and well situated.

Goodspeed Pub. Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb, and Cannon, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.

STROUD, B.S.

B.S. STROUD, a prominent citizen of Manchester, and register of Coffee County, was born in Warren County, Tenn., February 14, 1854. He is the son of B.S. and Nancy (Winton) STROUD, the former born in 1825 in Warren County, and the latter February 2, 1826, in Coffee County. Their deaths occurred October 12, 1853, and June 4, 1869, respectively. After their marriage, about 1844, the elder STROUD was farming and shipping and trading in livestock. He was politically a Whig.

Our subject, one of four children, was educated at Manchester College, under Rev. W.D. CARNES. After four years’ prospecting in Texas and Arkansas, he returned to Manchester and engaged in the printing business, and soon bought a half interest in the Manchester Guardians.In the fall of 1878 he was made deputy clerk of chancery court, Coffee County. A year later, finishing an unexpired term of register, he was afterward elected to the office, serving two terms. December 17, 1879, he was married to Fannie POWERS, born September 13, 1860, in Manchester, and educated at the college there. Their son, Horace, was born March 20, 1881. Mr. STROUD is a Democrat.

Goodspeed Pub. Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb, and Cannon, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.