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.

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RUSSELL, Emmett

Emmett RUSSELL, one of the young business men of Tullahoma, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., November 26, 1866, and is the son of W. F. RUSSELL. He was reared in his native county, near Shelbyville, and attended the common schools. In 1881 he came to Tullahoma and entered the store of Carroll Bros. as clerk, and remained with them for three years, when he accepted a similar position with R. WILSON. October 1, 1886, he engaged in business for himself, opening a fancy and family grocery store, is meeting with success, and has built up a splendid trade. In politics he 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.

RICHARDSON, R.H.

R.H. RICHARDSON, merchant and a prominent citizen of Tullahoma, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., in November, 1846, the son of Thomas E. RICHARDSON, whose death occurred in Coffee County in 1850. When our subject was about six months old his parents moved to Coffee County, settling near Duck River in the Fourteenth District, where he was reared and attended the free schools. He finished his education at Manchester College.

January 1, 1868, he came to Tullahoma and entered a store as clerk, and in 1878 began business for himself, and has since conducted a successful general store. he was married in November, 1868, to D.D. ZELL, daughter of F.M. ZELL of Bedford County. To them three children have been born as follows: Linda M., born November 8, 1880; Warren W., December 31, 1882; Thomas E., born October 30, 1885. Mr. RICHARDSON is a member of the Masonic order and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1881 he served as recorder of Tullahoma, and in 1882 and 1884 served on the board of aldermen of the same place. In politics he is a Republican.

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.

PEARSON, E.W.

E.W. PEARSON, an enterprising farmer of Coffee County, was born in Bedford County, November 23, 1856. He is he son of Charles and Mary J. (Wells) PEARSON, natives of Tennessee. The elder PEARSON was a manufacturer in Bedford County until 1871, when he was a farmer and millwright in Coffee County, and finally at Sparta, Tenn., where he is still milling.

Our subject, the oldest of seven children, after an academic training attended Eastman Business College, Poughkeepsie, N.Y. Returning home he began the lumber business for I.W. WHITMAN, of Boston, and in August, 1878, was employed by the Stone Fort Paper Company. In 1879 he became contractor for Hicks & Pearson, Flat Creek, then began mercantile business at Gallatin. Return to Coffee County, he erected a lumber dressing and bending factory near Manchester, soon moved it to Tullahoma.

After a year in saw milling he built at Normandy a spoke and handle factory. After a time as drummer for Smith, Gifford & Co., of Nashville, he settled on his present farm. He married Fanny PRICE, of Manchester, October 28, 1880. Born to them were Charles L., December 29, 1882, and James P., February 20, 1885. Mr. PEARSON is a decided Democrat, and is school director and road commissioner. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church.

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NORTON, William L.

William L. NORTON, postmaster and a prominent citizen of Tullahoma, Tenn., was born in Bedford County, Tenn., November 27, 1839, and is the son of Dr. William NORTON, a native of North Carolina, who was born March 2, 1801, and is the oldest physician within a radius of a hundred miles of Tullahoma. He came to Tennessee, and at an early date, a pioneer of Bedford County. He makes his home with his son, our subject. Mr. NORTON was reared in Bedford County and acquired his education in the common schools. He worked on the farm until his twenty-eighth year, and then began merchandising at Normandy, Bedford County. In 1876 he removed to Tullahoma and continued his business for six years,when he retired and entered a dry goods house as salesman. He entered the Confederate service, joining Company E, First Tennessee Infantry (Turney’s), and served throughout the war, receiving several wounds, at the second battle of Manassas, and at Gettysburg, the first necessitating the use of crutches for six months.

October 12, 1881, our subject was married to Allie, daughter of Leonard MARBRY, of Shelbyville, Tenn. They have two children: Earl L., born September 3, 1882, and Glyndon Pearl, born January 14, 1885. The mother is a member of the Christian Church. Our subject is a member of the A.O.U.W. and K. of H. fraternities. He was appointed postmaster under President CLEVELAND and assumed the duties of his office November 16, 1885.

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.

LYON, C.J. (Mrs.)

Mrs. C.J. LYON, wife of the late T.B. LYON of Coffee County, was born February 10, 1829, and daughter of James and Jane MASON, the former born August 3, 1789, in North Carolina, and the latter July 2, 1800, in South Carolina. The father’s father came to Tennessee in 1780, living on Stone River, and in Bedford County. He died May 26, 1863. Jane MASON’s parents came to Bedford County, in 1800; one was of Dutch and the other of Irish descent.

Our subject, one of seven children, married Joseph TILLMAN, September 17, 1850. He was born February 4, 1826, in North Carolina, and receiving a wound at Shiloh, died in Holly Spring Hospital, April 25, 1862. He enlisted in the Forty-fourth Tennessee Infantry five months before his death. Six children were born to them: Mary A., Martha J., Eliza N., Flurina C., Joseph P. and Elizabeth. They were married in Bedford County, moved to Coffee County,and located at her present home. April 23, 1879, she married T.B. LYON, who was born December 31, 1812, and died February 3, 1885. Mrs. LYON was educated, and is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian 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.

JACOBS, Stokely

Stokely JACOBS, a well known planter of Coffee County, Tenn., was born there February 26, 1840 (ancestors mentioned in biography of A. JACOBS). Our subject, after completing his education, was engaged in agriculture chiefly. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Company G, Seventeenth Regiment Tennessee Infantry. He occupied various positions in Hardee’s corps, and took part in the battles of Rock Castle, Perryville, Murfreesboro and Petersburg, where he was captured and sent as prisoner to Point Lookout and Elmira, N.Y. Paroled in 1865, he returned home, and after the close of the war began farming. Entering the store of his brother at Beech Grove, in 1868, he became a partner in 1880, but on the death of his brother in 1883, he again returned to his present occupation of farming. He is now the owner of 300 acres of land. February 1, 1866, he married Laura, daughter of William BLANTON, born April 1, 1848, in Bedford County. They have nine children. He, his wife and three children are members and supporters of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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JACOBS, A. (Capt.)

Capt. A. JACOBS, a well known planter of Coffee County, Tenn., was born August 3,1818, near his present home. His grandfather came from England as early as 1750, and was a soldier of the Revolution, living successively in Maryland, North Carolina and Bedford County, Tenn.,where he died at the unusual age of one hundred and six years. Our subject is the son of Jeremiah and Rebecca (Rudd) JACOBS, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina, and born about 1793 and 1802 respectively. The father died about 1858, and the mother about 1871, in Coffee County.

Both were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, while politically the father was a Democrat. He was engaged in agriculture, the oldest of twelve children. Our subject has been a self-educated man and Bible student; engaged in mercantile business at Beech Grove about twenty years before and ten years after the war; in addition to his farming interests, he also dealt in live stock before the war. Losing much through the war and in securities, he has 300 acres of fine Coffee County land. He is a Democrat in political faith, while religiously the entire family are prominent workers in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. December 1, 1842, he married Catherine, born October 27, 1822, in Coffee County, the daughter of James DILLARD. Eight children were born to them.

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.

HILES, Wilburn

Wilburn HILES, one of the substantial farmers of the Fifth District of Coffee County, Tenn., was born in Bedford County, Tenn., July 30, 1826. He is the son of Joseph HILES, a native of North Carolina, who was born in 1796, and immigrated to Tennessee in early days. Our subject, brought up on the farm, attended the common schools. He was engaged in merchandising at Flat Creek, Bedford County, when he entered the service of the Confederacy, and was detailed to raise stock and grain for the Southern Army. Later he became a member of Norman’s battalion, and at the battle of Chickamauga was wounded in the right leg,disabling him. He joined his parents, then refugees in Georgia,and after the war engaged in merchandising at Somerville, Tenn.; later he returned to Bedford County, then to Coffee County, and engaged in farming.

He was married, in 1866, to Minerva BOBO, born in Bedford County in 1843. To them have been born the following nine children: Joseph E., born in 1868; W. Evan, in 1870; Mary E., in 1872; James W., in 1874 (died in *1885); Frank K., in 1876; Walter S., in 1878; Lena M., in 1880; Daisy D., in 1882, and Gracie T., in 1884. The mother is a member of the Primitive Baptist 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.

CUNNINGHAM, F.E.

F.E. CUNNINGHAM, proprietor of the Tullahoma Distillery, and a prominent citizen of Tullahoma, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., September 15, 1852, and is the son of M.T. CUNNINGHAM, a native of Pennsylvania. The father died in 1874. Our subject was reared in Bedford County,and educated in the town schools. At fourteen years of age he entered the store at Flat Creek as clerk, remaining there until four years later he was appointed United States revenue store-keeper, in which he was engaged about four years. In 1876 he purchased and conducted a distillery in Coffee County, but in 1882 came into his present establishment.

Our subject is a member of the K. of H. Lodge, and a Republican in politics. He was married September 3, 1884, to Bell, daughter of Elijah COUCH of Bedford County. They have two children: Mamie and Vester. His wife is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian 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.