Col. C. M. CASON, present register of Chester County, Tenn., was born near Henderson, Tenn., in 1827, and is one of a family of five children, four of whom are living, born to the union of William and Mary (McKnight) CASON. The father was born in South Carolina in 1804, and came to Middle Tennessee with his parents when but an infant. They located in Wilson County and remained there until 1826 when William came to West Tennessee, and located near Henderson, being one of its first settlers; he was a farmer by occupation and filled the position of constable for many years. He was also deputy sheriff, and is now a resident of Henderson. His wife was born in Wilson County about 1804, and died in February, 1885.

Our subject was reared at home and received his education in the district schools. In 1850 he married Mary H. BARBAM, a native of Hardin County, born in 1829, and a daughter of John BARBAM. By their union they have eight children: W. T., circuit court clerk of this county; John B., hardware merchant and salesman; R. E., wife of Prof. J. B. INMAN; Susie. J. R., B. P., D. K. and J. E. In 1848 Mr. Cason engaged in the mercantile business at Montezuma and continued at this until about 1871. He has also been engaged in business at Henderson since 1867. At the organization of the county he was elected register of the same and was re-elected at the last election. He is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1861 Mr. Cason enlisted in the Thirty-first Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate Army), under Col. BRADFORD of Brownsville, Tenn., and was himself captain of the company. He remained in active duty for some time, but, on account of ill health was obliged to leave the service. He returned home in 1863.


Transcribed by David Donahue

Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present ; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Henderson, Chester, McNairy, Decatur, and Hardin Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville, TN: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.