CROSS, George W.

George W. CROSS, a prominent lawyer of Manchester, Tenn., was born in Anderson County August 31, 1849. He is the son of William and Jane (Black) CROSS, both of English descent and natives of Anderson County. The former, born in 1810, is still living; the latter, born about 1820, died February 26, 1885. Married in 1836 the elder CROSS engaged in farming. He is a Democrat, and sympathizes with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of which his wife was a member.

Our subject, the fifth of eight children, was educated chiefly at Cumberland University,at Lebanon, Tenn., and the military school of Knoxville, Tenn., from which he graduated in September, 1874. After three years’ teaching in Decherd and Salem, Tenn., in September, 1877, he took ten months at Vanderbilt University Law Department, and the professor granted him license to practice. Since 1878,when he came to Manchester, he has become one of the most successful lawyers of Coffee County and among the ablest in this section. January 17, 1882, he married Beulah HICKERSON, born in 1861, the daughter of Judge W.P. HICKERSON. She was a cultured lady. Her death occurred July 24,1885. Mr. CROSS is a decided 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.


Jordan F. LONGMIRE, sheriff, was born on Powell River, Campbell County, March 30, 1826, the son of Elijah and Mary (Moss) LONGMIRE, the former of English origin, born in Granville County, N.C., in 1777, and deceased in Anderson County, Tenn., February 7, 1849, and the latter was born in the former county, about 1786, and deceased in Anderson County, January 1, 1862.  Both were Methodists.  The father was a successful farmer and stock dealer, and came to this county when young, then to Campbell County, when our subject was nine years old, and finally to Anderson County.  He was a Whig, and of a pioneer family.

Our subject, the tenth of eleven children (four now living), worked for his father until November, 1853, when he bought, and came to his present farm.  In 1883-84 he became deputy sheriff, and in 1886, sheriff, as a popular Republican.  He is a Methodist.

March 9, 1849, he married Mary, a daughter of Laban and Anna (Moyers) SHARP, who was born, November, 1829, in Campbell County, and has been a Methodist for many years, and is mentioned by her husband as the chief cause of his success.  Their children who are deceased are William H. and an infant.  He has a large family.

Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-Five to Thirty Counties of East Tennessee. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887.


C. M. KINCAID was born December 24, 1830, in Anderson County, Tenn.  His father, Clingan Kincaid, was also a native of that county. His paternal grandparents were both natives of Ireland and his maternal grandparents were natives of England, the grandfather serving in the Revolutionary war and when peace was declared took the oath of allegiance to the United States.

Our subject was reared on the farm and worked on the same till he was twenty years of age, after which he began working for himself at the same business until the beginning of the late war.  He entered the Confederate Army in 1863, enlisting in Company B, Fifth Tennessee Cavalry.  At the close of the war he returned home without a wound or without ever having been captured during the time he was in service.  Up to the time of the war he had been quite prosperous but that fearful catastrophe swept away nearly all his property.  Since that time he has met with many reverses but the scale of fortune finally turned in his favor, and he is now in comparatively good circumstances.

Previous to the war, in 1850, he wedded Elizabeth Barnard, of Tennessee.  Her father was one of the first settlers of Barnardsville, the town deriving its name from him.  To our subject and wife were born eight children:  Louisa, Syrene, Sarah G., Clingan, Alta, Erie, Cilena and Albert J.  Mr. Kincaid and wife are members of the Primitive Baptist Church, and he is a Democrat in politics.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford & Marshall Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Reminescences [Sic], Observations, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1988.