YOAKUM, Robert G.

Robert G. YOAKUM, an enterprising planter of the Tenth Civil District, was born in Claiborne County, September 6, 1824, son of Robert YOAKUM. The parents were natives of Tennessee and Virginia, were married in Claiborne County, and settled after their marriage on a farm in Claiborne County in what is now Lonesome Valley, where they lived about a year, then moved to Powell’s Valley, where the father died before our subject was born; his mother remarried, some four years after the death of the father, Mr. Thomas DAVIS, who was a Claiborne County farmer. He received a common school education and began life as a farmer, which has been his chief occupation all of his life. About 1855 he purchased and settled where he now lives. From about the year 1875 to 1885 he was engaged in the mercantile business at Lone Mountain Creek, in partnership with a nephew, James YOAKUM, seven years, then with a son, E.F. YOAKUM. Since then, he has been engaged exclusively in farming. Subject began life with nothing, but now owns upward of 350 acres of land in two tracts in the Tenth District.

On June 20, 1856, he married Miss Lucinda JENNINGS, of Claiborne County. They have six living children, four sons and two daughters, and four deceased, two sons and two daughters. Subject is a Republican, is not a member of any church, but is in sympathy with the Methodist Church. His wife is a member of the Methodist Church.

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SHULTZ, Benjamin F.

Benjamin F. SHULTZ, merchant and druggist, was born on Sycamore Creek in Claiborne County, five miles southeast of Tazewell, February 12, 1842, the son of Jacob and Louisiana (Cloud) SHULTZ; of German and Scotch-Irish origin, the former born in this county in 1799, and deceased in Greene, County, Mo., in 1865, and the latter in Lee County, Va., about 1810, and deceased in Greene County, Mo., in 1884. They lived in Claiborne County until 1858, when they removed to near Springfield, Mo., and engaged in agricultural pursuits with success until the breaking out of hostilities between the sections, when they retired South with their family. Jacob SHULTZ, Sr., the grandfather, came from Germany before the Revolution with his parents, settled in Virginia, and then was among the first settlers of Claiborne County, whilst the red man still occupied the country.

Our subject, the third of seven children, grew up in this county, assisting in his father’s store and on the farm until their removal to Missouri, where he attended school and labored on the farm till the first call to arms, when at the age of nineteen he entered Capt. Campbell’s company of Missouri State Guards, commanded by Gen. Sterling Price, on June 1, 1861, taking part in the battle of Oak Hills and many other engagements in the State service until the army fell back from its position behind the Osage to Neosho, where the Legislature assembled, and on the 28th of October, 1861, the State severed its connection with the Federal Union. After this the Missouri troops were mustered into the regular Confederate service, and he became a member of Company A, Third Missouri Cavalry, commanded by Col. Culton Green, of Marmaduke’s division, operating in the States of Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, Louisiana and the Indian Territory, and taking part in the battles of Pea Ridge, Helena, Little Rock. Jenkin’s Ferry, and accompanying Gen. Price on his great raid through Missouri and Kansas in the fall of 1864, and then returned with the army through the Indian Territory and Arkansas to Louisiana, where he remained until the last organization of the Confederate Army of the Trans-Mississippi Department had surrendered, when he went to Navarro County, Texas, and engaged in the carrying trade between Millican and Dallas for about two years, when he returned to his former home in Missouri, and devoted two years to its repair, having been ruined by the lawless Kansas robbers under Jim Lane.

In 1868 he returned to Tazewell, and for about four years sold goods for S.C. and J. M. Brown, and then for thirteen years following he was a partner with J.W. Divine in the mercantile business, where in 1885 J.W. Divine withdrew from the firm.

On April 30, 1872, he was married to Eliza J. JOHNSON, daughter of Col. Thomas J. JOHNSON and Eliza J. John (nee Graham), the latter born in County Tyrone, Ireland, whither her ancestors fled from Scotland on account of their complicity in some of the rebellions in which their property was taken by the Crown. Of three sons and two daughters one, the eldest daughter, is deceased. Our subject is a Democrat, and he and his wife are Presbyterians.

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SEAL, Richard S.

Richard S. SEAL, farmer, was born in Hawkins, now Hancock County, February 14, 1831, the son of Noel and Nancy (Frost) SEAL, of Irish-English and Irish origin respectively, and natives of Hawkins County, the former born July 30, 1798, and deceased November 29, 1873, and the latter born June 8, 1806, and deceased December 1, 1860, having been married since January 13, 1820. For twenty-four years they lived near Sneedville; in 1844, came to Clinch River, and three years later to Little Barren Creek. Seven years after he moved to another part of the county, and about the same length of time after that settled at Sand Lick. The father was an influential man.

Our subject, the fifth of twelve children, has always been a farmer. October 7, 1855, he married Martha LEWIS of this county, and became a farmer near Big Barren Creek, ten years later moved to near where he now lives, and in 1872, settled at his present home. From June, 1873 to 1877, he was a merchant near his residence, and now owns 400 acres of land. He is a Democrat, and he and his wife are Missionary Baptists. They have four sons and three daughters, one of the latter deceased.

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SCOTT, William P.

William P. SCOTT, farmer and stock dealer, was born near Knoxville, April 3, 1847, the son of Hampden S. and Rebecca (Kermer) SCOTT, the former of English stock, born in 1800 at Knoxville, and deceased in Claiborne county in February, 1885, and the latter born in Cumberland County about 1817, the daughter of John KERMER. The father came to this county in 1857, the son of Judge Edward SCOTT, and was a farmer. The mother is a Methodist. Our subject, the fourth of four children, was fairly educated and worked at home until August 27, 1875, when he married Virginia McPHERSON, of Lee County, Va. Their children are Lula A., Joseph W., Nancy C. and James P. After six years in Lee County, in farming and stock dealing, he bought his present farm, where he has so well succeeded. His wife is a Methodist, and he an esteemed man.

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RUSSELL, Jason

Jason RUSSELL, farmer, trader and timber dealer, was born in Union County, October 28, 1836, the son of Edward and Barbara (Graves) RUSSELL, the former of Irish stock, born in Botetourt County, Va., about 1797, and deceased in Union County, in 1856, and the latter of German origin, born in Randolph County, Va., about 1802, and still living. The father came to Union County when six years old, and was a blacksmith, but afterward a farmer. He was a major of militia, and a Democrat.

Our subject, the fourth of seven children, six now living, left home when twenty-one years of age, but farmed independently on his father’s farm until 1869, when he settled on his present farm, the gift of his father. He is a Methodist and a Democrat. June 17, 1858, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Jesse and Margaret Rogers, a native of this county, born September 27, 1837. She is a Methodist. Their children are Sarah A., Harriett, Jesse L., Emily F., William M., Edward F., John H., James C. and Horace L.

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RODGERS, David F.

David F. ROGERS, farmer and stock raiser, was born near his present residence, October 26, 1813, the son of David and Mary (Lewis) ROGERS. The former was of English origin, born in 1779, in Wythe County, Va., and deceased, in this county, in 1873; the latter was of Scotch stock, born in Guilford County, N.C., in 1781, and deceased in this county, February 13, 1880, in her one hundredth years. The father came to Washington County when twelve years of age, and to this county in 1801, and was a famer, and powder manufacturer. In the Indian war he was a major, and in the years 1829, 1830, 1831, 1832, 1835 and 1836 he was in the Legislature. He was a Union Republican. The mother was a Methodist.

Our subject, the seventh of thirteen children, seven now living, has always lived near his birthplace, and has, by his reading habits, largely educated himself. When thirty-three years of age, he began manufacturing and carding wool, also milling, continuing for twenty-eight years. In 1875 he came to his present residence, which he bought of the McLane heirs, and now owns about 1,400 acres, which he has greatly improved, as it was a Confederate camping ground during the war. He is a Republican.

May 12, 1836, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Elisha and Lydia (Merritt) HAMPTON, born in Stokes County, N.C., May 12, 1816. She is a Methodist. Their children are David, Josephine, John P., Silas I., Horace M., Sneed, W.F., Mary (deceased), Sarah A. (deceased), Hugh H. (deceased), and Reuben C. (deceased). Besides his own children, he has educated five grandchildren.

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REECE, Hiram W.

Hiram W. REECE, planter, was born in Carter, now Johnson County, September, 5, 1821, the son of Daniel and Lucretia (Smith) REECE, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina respectively, and successful farmers. Our subject, the eldest of eight children, was educated near Taylorsville, and has farmed, in connection with other business, all his life, locating first in Lee County, Va., about 1846, and fifteen years later in Jonesville, and eight years later on Powell River. He was a blacksmith at the first mentioned place, and about 1867 settled in Claiborne County, in the Ninth District, and four years later in the Eighth District, and finally at his present home, where he now owns about 900 acres. In 1882 he built a saw mill, and the next year a grist-mill, and has a fine water power.

He is now a merchant, having commenced when he was forty-four years of age. December 25, 1842, he married Nancy SNYDER, and they have had seven sons and four daughters. The latter deceased. He is a Democrat, and both are Missionary Baptists, of which church he has been a deacon twenty years.

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PURSIFULL, Jefferson

Hon. Jefferson PURSIFULL, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Harlan County, Ky., January 5, 1821, the son of Mount and Mary (Colson) PURSIFULL, the former born in Wythe County, Va., October 14, 1795, and the latter in Harlan County, Ky., in 1800, and died in Bell County in 1874; both were Baptists. In 1854 they moved to Knox County, Ky., and since then, Bell County, where they now live, was set off from Harlan and Knox Counties. The father is a farmer of Bell County, was magistrate, and elected sheriff, but declined serving. He is wealthy, and has aided his eleven children.

Our subject, the second child, was fairly educated and worked for his father until he was nineteen, when he farmed for fifteen years on land in Bell County, the gift of his father, and then became a merchant at Yellow Creek, in connection with farming, but abandoned it five years later and became a merchant at Sneedville for one year. He then enlisted in Company K, First Tennessee Confederate Cavalry, serving until the close of the war. He then went to Boone County, Ky., and after four years moved to his present home. In 1850 he represented the Thirty-eighth Senatorial District of Kentucky, and is an influential Democrat, and an able man. He is a Methodist.

In 1840 he married America COLSON, who died in 1862. Of two sons and four daughters one of the former and two of the latter are living. In 1863 he married Mary SMITH, who died two years later, and in 1866 he married Mary, a widow of Moses COTTERAL. Their children are four sons and one daughter. The grandfather, Peter, came from England.

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PATTERSON, Houston

Houston PATTERSON, farmer and stock dealer, was born in his present residence, the oldest brick house in the county, from which the Fourth District takes its name, on December 25, 1843, the son of James M. and Margaret P. (Fulkerson) PATTERSON, the former born near Philadelphia, April 18, 1798, and the latter born in Lee County, Va., in 1805, and deceased in Claiborne County in 1879.  Both were Presbyterians.  The father came to Tennessee at an early date, and began farming and stock raising, and his estate is the largest in this county.  

Our subject, the fifth of six children, remained with his father until 1861, when he joined Company C., Twenty-ninth Tennessee Confederate Infantry.  He was wounded three times; was made lieutenant, put in command, and made commander of five companies, serving until the surrender, in North Carolina.  Since the war he has been engaged in his present business.

August 18, 1873, he married Emma B. CAMPBELL, of Washington County, Va.,  Of one son and five daughters, one of the latter is deceased.  Our subject is an influential man.

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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.

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