LONGMIRE, Jordan F.

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.

ARCHER, James F.

James F. ARCHER a farmer in the Tenth Civil District, of Campbell County, Tenn., and a native of this county, was born April 24, 1847. He is the son of James and Nancy (Stanfill) ARCHER. The father and the mother were both natives of Kentucky. The father was a farmer and merchant, and one of the well respected citizens of Campbell County. He died at the age of fifty-two years, in July of 1862. The mother was the mother of a family of four sons and nine daughters; of these children there live twelve.

Our subject is the second son, was reared on the farm, and has devoted most of his life to farming. He commenced the occupation for himself at marriage, which time was 1869. He was united in marriage with Jane PERKINS daughter of William PERKINS of Campbell County. Five sons and four daughters have blessed the marriage. Mr. ARCHER had been a successful business man and farmer. He now owns and cultivates a farm of 250 acres, and is a well respected citizen. In 1885 he was appointed postmaster for Jellico, Campbell County, and had managed the office skillfully. He is engaged in merchandising in Jellico, and is a member of the Baptist Church. —  Transcribed by Mitzi Freeman

Source: 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.

ALLEN, William

William ALLEN circuit clerk, was born in New York January 13, 1844, entered the Federal Army, and served in the scouting force of the Department of the Ohio until the close of the war. He was captured several times, held as prisoner, and also slightly wounded. He then followed farming a year or more in this county, and since April, 1868, has held his present office by re-election, and excellent indication of his fitness for the position. He is now commander of Milton L. Phillips Post, No. 27, G. A. R., of which he became a member since December 23, 1884. — Transcribed by Mitzi Freeman

Source: 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.

AGEE, J.H.

J. H. AGEE M. D., is one of the prominent citizens of Jacksboro, Tenn., and was born in Campbell County, February 14, 1827, and is the son of James and Elizabeth (Tudor) AGEE. The father was a native of Virginia and was born in 1789. He served in the war of 1812 under Gen. COCKE and his widow received a land warrant in recognition of his services in that war. He was the son of Isaac AGEE one of the pioneers of Tennessee. His mother was born in Virginia, in 1792, the daughter of Harris TUDOR. The father died in 1844, and the mother in 1865. Both were members of the Baptist Church.

Our subject was reared on the farm, and acquired his education in the neighboring schools and in Union County, finishing his education at Clinton. He began life at the age of sixteen years, working on the farm. He followed farming as a vocation, reading medicine at the same time, up to the breaking out of the late Rebellion. He began practicing medicine in about 1853. At the breaking out of the war, he removed his family to Pike County, Ind., where he farmed and taught school until January, 1865, joining Company I, One Hundred and Forty Third Regiment of Indiana Infantry, of which he was orderly sergeant, and served guard duty on the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway, and at Fort Donelson, Tenn. At the close of the war he returned to his home in Indiana, and in the latter part of 1865 returned to Campbell County, Tenn., where he followed farming until 1867. He entered politics in 1867; became the Republican candidate for the Legislature to represent Campbell County, and was elected. He was re- elected in 1869, serving through the years of 1867-70. He then retired from office, but continued in active politics. In 1880 he was elected to represent the counties of Campbell, Scott and Union in the Legislature, and in 1881 was elected to represent the counties of Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger, Scott and Union in the State Senate.

At the close of his term in the Senate he was appointed to the office of clerk and master of the chancery court of Campbell County, which position he holds at the present. His official life has been characterized by ability, integrity and justice, and gave satisfaction to the public in general. He has, to a great extent, retired from the practice of medicine. He is a member of Milton L. Phillips Post, G. A. R. He was married November 22, 1848, to Mary COMER who was born in Campbell County, Tenn. To this union eleven children have been born, ten of whom are living. Both parents and two daughters are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. —  Transcribed by Mitzi Freeman

Source: 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.