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.

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.

BERNARD, William H. (Capt.)

Capt. William H. BERNARD, farmer, was born in Claiborne County, December 5, 1836, the son of Robert and Milly (Carpenter) BARNARD, the former born about 1815, and deceased in 1844, and the latter deceased about 1852.  With the exception of a short time in Grainger County they always lived in this county.  He was a Democrat.  

Our subject, the eldest of four children, and the only one living, was educated at Rutledge and Sneedville, and after teaching in Hancock County, began dealing in stock.  In 1861 he joined Company B., Thirty-Seventh Tennessee Infantry, and resigned a year later on account of ill health.  In 1862 he was made captain of Company B, Thirty-Seventh Tennessee Regiment, Confederate States Army, of which he had been second lieutenant.  In the winter of 1864 he re-enlisted, and June 24, 1864, was captured and imprisoned at Camp Douglas, Ill. ten months, at Point Lookout, Md., two months, and released June 23, 1865, after one year’s imprisonment.  He resumed farming after his return.  October 6, 1878, he married Martha A.E. BARNARD, who was born December 20, 1858, and died May 18, 1880.  Their only daughter, Virginia M., was born September 23, 1879.  He owns the homestead, and is a Democrat and a Prohibitionist.  He and his wife are Methodists.

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.