DENISON, Curry P.

Curry P. DENISON, proprietor of the Denison House, Decaturville, Tenn., is a native of Decatur County, born November 11, 1839, a son of Stephen and Elizabeth (INGRAM) DENISON, both natives of Pittsylvania County, Va., and descendants of the early English settlers of the Atlantic coast. Of their family of fourteen children all are living but three: Robert, born September 18, 1814, is a farmer of Henderson County; Alfred, born in 1817, died in 1821; Bird, born July 30, 1818, is also a farmer of Henderson County; Eliza, born August 12, 1820, is now Mrs. Jno. McCALL, of Chester County; Mrs. Anna (DENISON) NEWTON, born December 12, 1822, lives in Denton County, Tex.; Sanford, born December 14, 1824, home in Red River County, Tex.; Wm. H., born January 24, 1826, lives in Red River County, Tex.; Jackson, born June 10, 1829, died July 28, 1859; Benjamin, born May 18, 1821, lives in Red River County, Tex.; Nancy J., born May 28 1833, is married to Andrew McCALL, of Henderson County; Mrs. Minerva (DENISON) PRIDDY, of Henderson County, was born September 22, 1835; David G., born September 1, 1837, died in 1863;Curry P., the subject of this sketch; and Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (DENISON) BREWER, of Henderson County, born May 15, 1844. Stephen DENISON took an active part in many of the sieges and battles of the war of 1812. He was a life-long Whig and worthy citizen, leaving to his posterity an honored name; his death occurred in August, 1865, his wife having died in September, 1860. The grandfather was one of the gallant Virginians who served under Gen. Geo. WASHINGTON.

Curry P. DENISON was raised on a farm; accustomed to labor from boyhood, his educational advantages were limited; being a man of no ordinary ability he has by observation and application become well informed, For a number of years he was a merchant of Henderson County, afterward a farmer; but for the past six years has been proprietor of the Denison House. Politically he is a Republican; was an unswerving supporter of the Union during the late war, which, of course, cost him many dangers and hardships, but escaped uninjured. He is one of the strongest advocates of public schools, is a man well known throughout the country and recognized as one of the best citizens.

November 4, 1860, he was married to Miss Nancy J. BRAY, born November 2, 1843, a daughter of John and Manerva (WALKER) BRAY, of Henderson County. This union resulted in the following births: Fredonia A., born March 14, 1883, married February 28, 1879, to J. T. Rogers, merchant of Decaturville; Kittie A., born October 17, 1864, married Dr. John McMILLAN, of Decaturville; Wm. H., born April 13, 1866, resides at Perryville, Tenn.; Mary A., born January 23, 1868, married, January 14, 1883, to Wm. BARRY, editor of Progress, Lexington, Tenn.; Granville L., born February 18, 1870; Harriet Rosetta, born February 8, 1873; Bertha L., born February 13, 1880, and Allia J., born March 13, 1884. John BRAY, father of Mrs. DENISON, was born February 10, 1828, and. married Manerva WALKER November 24, 1842. She was born March 20, 1827. — Transcribed by David Donahue

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. Easley, S.C: Southern Historical Press, 1978.

WEIR, F.H.

F. H. WEIR, an enterprising farmer of the Sixth District of Chester County, was born in Madison County, August 20, 1834, and is one of a family of eight children. His parents, S. L. and Mary WEIR, were both born in Blount County, Tenn., the father in 1793 and the mother in 1800. They came to Madison County in 1830, where he was engaged in farming until his death, in 1854. The mother died in 1834.

Our subject was reared at home and received his education at the district schools and at Bethel College. In 1858 he married Rittie CAIN, a native of Madison County, born in 1834, and the daughter of Andrew and Sarah CAIN. They have an interesting family of children. Mr. WEIR is an active energetic man and has followed agricultural pursuits the principal part of his life. In 1888 he was elected deputy sheriff, and filled that office with credit. occupying that position for about six years, to the satisfaction of all concerned. He was also elected magistrate when Chester County was organized. In the fall of 1881 he entered the Confederate Army, joining an independent company of scouts under Gen. FORREST. He served through the principal part of the war and was a brave and gallant soldier.

 

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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.

TULL, D.M.

D. M. TULL, farmer of District No. 6, and the son of John and Jane A. (Busick) TULL, was born in what is now Chester County, in 1851. The father was born in North Carolina in 1806, and was of Irish extraction. He was reared at home, received a good English education, served in the Creek war, and came to this county with his parents, March, 1842. He was a mechanic and died in 1885. The mother was born in North Carolina, in 1815, and was of Anglo-Irish, Welsh and Italian extraction. She died in 1878. Both parents were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Nicholas TULL, grandfather of our subject, was also a native of North Carolina. He removed to Davidson County, Tenn., at a very early day and from there to this county in 1823. He died in 1881.

Our subject was born on the farm where he is now living, and received his education at the common schools and at the Henderson and Mifflin Academies. January 18, 1877, he married Mrs. Mattie CROOK, a native of McNairy County, Tenn., born in 1853, and the daughter of Thomas ROBINSON. To our subject and wife were born five children: Ernest, Alice, Thomas, Inez and Guy. Mr. TULL owns 130 acres of good land in the home place, 100 acres in another tract and also has property in Henderson. He is an ardent Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for H. GREELEY. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

 

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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.

TUCKER, W.C.

W. C. TUCKER, M.D., farmer and citizen of District No. 5, is a son of W. C. and Mildred H. (Kilber) TUCKER, both natives of Virginia, born in the years 1801 and 1802, respectively. The father was reared in his native State and married in 1826. He was a farmer and died in 1827, in the prime of life. The mother died in the year 1878, a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. W. C. was born in 1827, and was reared by his mother, his father having died when our subject was but an infant. He was educated at Cedar Forest, Va., and came to Henderson County in January,1832. He engaged in mercantile pursuits at Mifflin until 1856, when he began the study of medicine under Dr. COCHRAN of that place. In the fall of 1856 he entered the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati, Ohio, took one course, and immediately began practicing at Mifflin, but was soon compelled to abandon it on account of ill health. He once more engaged in the mercantile business at Juno, Henderson County, and continued till his business was destroyed during the late war. In 1860 he was elected to represent Henderson County in the State Legislature, and served a term of two years to the general satisfaction of the public.

December, 1862, he married Lucy D. BUCKLEY, daughter of John H. and Mary C. BUCKLEY, natives of Virginia. To Dr. and Mrs. TUCKER were born six children: Mary, Mildred A., Alice R., William F., Nathaniel A. and Lucy D. Mrs. TUCKER was born in Henderson County in 1840, and died in 1870. The Doctor has since been a resident of his present farms being now the owner of about 600 acres of good productive land in two tracts, all well improved. In politics he was formerly a Whig, but is now a Democrat. He has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1854.

 

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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.

TROUTT, J.M.

J. M. TROUTT, leading attorney of Henderson, Tenn., is a native Kentuckian, born in Marshall County, April 8, 1848; son of William and Isabella (Watkins) TROUTT, both natives of Marshall County, Tenn. The father was born about 1804, and moved to Kentucky about 1840. He served for many years both as constable and deputy sheriff. He was also engaged in agricultural pursuits in which he was quite successful. He died about 1857. The mother was born about the same year as her husband and is now living with her son, Dr. J. R. TROUTT, at Clear Springs, Ky. Our subject was educated at the McKenzie College, and also at Bethel Co1lege but subsequently attended Princeton College, Kentucky. In 1871 and 1872 Mr. Troutt read law under Judge McCAMPBELL of Paris, and was admitted to the bar about 1874; after which he practiced at Dresden until 1880. He then came to Henderson where he has since remained. He is an able practitioner and has built up an extensive practice. He was one of the leaders in organizing Chester County after the act was passed setting it aside as an independent county.

In 1874 Mr. TROUTT married Emma TRAVIS, a native of Henry County, Tenn., born in 1850, and the daughter of Dr. Joseph TRAVIS. She died in 1876. December, 1877, he married R. PROVINCE, a native of McKenzie, Tenn., born in 1852 and the daughter of Andrew and Mary PROVINCE. To this union was born one child, James McCord, Mr. TROUTT is a Democrat in politics, an excellent citizen and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. TROUTT is a member of the Presbyterian Church. In 1804 he enlisted in Company G, Third Kentucky Mounted Infantry, Confederate Army, and participated in many important battles. He was captured at Selma, Ala,, paroled at Montgomery and returned home in 1865.

 

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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.

TRICE, John H.

John H. TRICE, farmer and citizen of District No. 4, was born in McNairy County, November 7, 1860, and is one of two children, only our subject now living, born to the union of John H. and Susan (Anderson) TRICE. The father was born in Henderson County about 1832 and was of Scotch-English ancestry. He was married, in 1858, and settled in what is now Chester County, where he was engaged in farming. He was elected to the office of magistrate at the age of twenty-two and was holding this position at the time of his death, which occurred December 8, 1881. The mother was born in McNairy County about 1834, and is now living in Madison County. She is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. John C. TRICE, grandfather of our subject, was a native of North Carolina, born in 1804. He came to Henderson County about 1822 and located near Jacks Creek, in 1824. He is still a resident of that county.

John H., our subject, received his early education at Medon, afterward at Jackson College and finished at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. He spent several years of his early life as clerk in a mercantile house and in January, 1883, he married Lessie CAWTHORN, a native of Chester County, born in 1861,and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Her parents are John L. and Martha CAWTHORN. Mr. TRICE owns 800 acres of as fine land as is to be found in the county. He is one of the county’s most enterprising citizens and is a Democrat in politics having cast his first presidential vote for Grover CLEVELAND.

 

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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.

TRICE, William C.

William C. TRICE, farmer, was born in Henderson County, in 1833, and is one of four children, two now living: Mrs. F. Hamblett and our subject. Their parents, John C. and Elizabeth (Crook) TRICE, are natives of North Carolina and Kentucky respectively, the father born in 1801 and the mother in 1806. John C. was reared in his native State and received but a limited education. He came to Henderson County about 1822 and in about 1828 was married, after which he settled near Jacks Crock where he still resides. He is one of the County’s prominent citizens and is a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. The mother is still living. Harrison TRICE, grandfather of our subject, was a native of North Carolina and came to Henderson County about 1827, where he died.

The subject of this sketch was educated in the common schools and November 19, 1850, he married Eliza E. BOREN, a native of Henderson County, born in 1835, a member of the Christian Church, and the daughter of Elijah and Mary BOREN. By this union they became the parents of seven children, six of whom arc living: Luke L., Callie R. (Mrs. J. B. Christopher), Lora A., Eva B. (Mrs. M. F. O’Neal), Mattie H. and Lessie. Since his marriage Mr. TRICE has resided on his present farm which consists of 1,200 acres of land, the most of which is under a high state of cultivation. Ho is one of the most extensive land holders in the county and is a practical and ideal farmer. In 1865 he was appointed magistrate and has filled that office in a capable manner ever since. He was a Whig in politics before the war and is now a Republican. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

 

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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.

TILLMAN, B.M. (Capt.)

Capt. B. M. TILLMAN, a prominent citizen and farmer residing in the Sixth District, Chester County, was born, in Marshall County, Tenn., October 21, 1840, and is one of nine children born to the union of John and Nancy (Edwards) TILLMAN. Eight of these children are living; one. T. H. died while in. the Confederate service. The parents were both natives of North Carolina. The father was born in 1817, came to Tennessee when a young man, located in Marshall County, where he remained until about 1841. He then settled in Henderson County, and was a farmer and mechanic by occupation. He was a prominent citizen and died in 1866. The mother was born in 1818 and died in 1880:

Capt. B. M. received his education in the district schools near home and in the Montezuma Academy. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted in Company C, Fifty-second Tennessee Infantry, and occupied the position of orderly sergeant. After the consolidation of the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Regiments he was elected captain and took an active part in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and many minor engagements. He received three slight wounds at Chickamauga, and was once captured and held a prisoner for about four months. In the spring of 1864 he was assigned a special department, and July 4, 1865, returned home.

In 1866 he married Miss M. A. NEWSOM, a native of Marshall County. Ala., born in 1840, and the daughter of’ W. V. and Mahala NEWSOM. To our subject and wife were born two children: John V. and an infant. After the war Mr. TILLMAN located near where he now resides, and began farming, which occupation he has continued up to the present time. In 1872-73 he represented the people in the State Legislature, and was elected to the same position in 1876-77. In 1880 he was elected State senator of the Eighteenth Senatorial District, composed of five counties. Capt. TILLMAN is an active progressive man and one to take the lead in all public enterprises. A short time since he was admitted to the bar. Hie is a Democrat in politics and a member of the Grange order.

 

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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.

SCARBOROUGH, C.R.

C. R. SCARBOROUGH, present chairman of the county court at Chester County, and a prominent citizen of Mifflin, is the son of Edmund and W. (Tarbutton) SCARBOROUGH, both natives of North Carolina, the father born in 1800 and the mother in 1802. They were married in 1820 and three years later came to Henderson County, and afterward immigrated from there to Madison County where they were classed among the early settlers. The father has been magistrate of Madison County for a number of years, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal. Church, and is still living. The mother was also a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and died in 1884.

Our, subject was born in Henderson County in 1823, and received his education in the common schools. He spent a portion of his early life in teaching, and February,1840, married Mary J. HODGES, a native of Tennessee, born in 1824, and the daughter of Josiah and Mary HODGES, of Henderson County. Nine children were born to this union, six of whom are living: Lorenzo, W. L., William H. of Arkansas, Samuel A., Mary E. (Mrs. J. H. Wheeler), Jessie F. and Fannie L. Mr. SCARBOROUGH has been a resident of his present farm since 1857, and is the owner at nearly 400 acres of land. He began life with little or nothing, and has succeeded beyond his most sanguine expectations. In 1870 he was elected to the office of magistrate and has been three times re-elected to the same office holding that position at the present time. He has for four years been chairman of the county court, the first year in Henderson County, and since then in Chester County. In 1868 he was appointed postmaster of Mifflin, which position he continues to hold to the general satisfaction of all concerned, lie is a Democrat in politics and east his first presidential vote for Gen. CASS. Mr. SCARBOROUGH is a Mason and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South together with nearly all their living children.

 

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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.

RUSH, William

William RUSH, Esq., a prominent farmer and citizen, of the Tenth District of Chester County, was born in Madison County February 22. 1827, and is the only child born to the union of William and Mary (Tidwell) RUSH. The father was born in Pennsylvania, and came to Madison County about 1823. He died in 1827. The mother was born August 81, 1807, and is still living.

Our subject received a good practical education at Jackson, and December 21, 1850, married Margaret E. NAYLOR, a native of North Carolina, born in 1829, and the daughter of George and Martha NAYLOR. By this union they have six children: John A., Mary E. (Mrs. O. T. Siler), William A., M. B., George T. and Sarah F. In 1849 Mr. RUSH located near where he now resides and has since been engaged in farming, He is also a carpenter by occupation, and ran a sawmill and cotton-gin for many years. In 1850 be was elected magistrate. and held that office until the war. When Chester County was organized he was chairman of the board at commissioners that formed the county, and was first chairman of the county court. He is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

 

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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.