CALDWELL, Robert

Robert CALDWELL, one of the influential farmers of long standing, of the Second district, is a native of Lincoln County, and was born October 25, 1822, and is the son of Alex Caldwell, who was born in 186, and died in Tipton County, in 1842.  The mother was Elizabeth NICHOLLS Caldwell, who died when our subject was quite an infant.

Robert Caldwell is of Irish descent; he was raised on a farm, and worker for wages until the date of the war; since then he has farmed for himself, and has accumulated quite a nice property, having commenced with no means. February 6, 1844, he married Nancy S. HARGIS of Fayette County; they have no children.  Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he is an enthusiastic Democrat.  He takes a deep interest in all pertaining to the welfare of the county, and whenever he is called upon to contribute to any public enterprise, responds freely.

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THOMAS, John F.

Hon. John F. THOMAS, real estate agent and a prominent citizen of Tullahoma, Tenn., was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., April 17, 1828. His father, Joshua THOMAS, a native of North Carolina, died while our subject was a small boy. At the age of eleven years our subject was bound out to Joshua GORE, but ran away and returned to his mother. His advantages were limited, but through his own efforts he acquired a good education, and when twenty-three years of age began teaching school. In 1851 he removed to Coffee County and taught a school on Duck River, with his resident in Tullahoma.

In 1859 he became a member of the firm of Holland & Thomas, general merchants, Tullahoma, continuing until the war, when he went to Shelbyville,Tenn. On the Federal occupation of Tullahoma he returned home to again engage in business. In 1862 he was appointed postmaster at Tullahoma and held his commission until he was elected to represent Coffee County in the lower house of the Legislature in 1865. He was one of the twenty-one members who resigned their seals rather than vote for the “Disfranchise Bill.” His constituency endorsed his course by re-election to the same position, but he was denied his seat. He was the first constable of Tullahoma and served several times as alderman. In 1867 he was appointed assistant United States revenue assessor, and later deputy United States revenue collector. He served as superintendent of public instruction of Coffee County, and was next appointed as United States store-keeper, and soon after gauger, holding these until 1883. Elected magistrate in 1883 he holds that office, together with notary public at present.

Mr. THOMAS was married in 1854 to Mary J., daughter of Thomas BLANTON, of Coffee County. Both are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church North. Politically he has been a Republican since the breaking out of the war.

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RUTLDEDGE, James H.

James H. RUTLEDGE, merchant and a prominent young citizen of Tullahoma, Tenn., was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., November 13, 1855, and is the son of Samuel RUTLEDGE, a native of North Carolina. Our subject was reared on the farm, receiving his education in the public schools. In 1876 he began farming in his native county, and continued until 1882, when he came to Tullahoma, and with his brother, R.F. RUTLEDGE, engaged in the grocery business; they have since added clothing, furnishing goods, and a boot and shoe stock. Mr. RUTLEDGE was married in 1876 to Ida ROUGHTON, a daughter of J.M. ROUGHTON of Moore County. To them have been born four children. He and his wife are members of the Primitive Baptist Church. He carries a policy of $2,000 in the New York Mutual Insurance Company. Politically he is a Democrat.

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MORGAN, Lewis B.

Lewis B. MORGAN, lawyer and chairman of the county court, was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1834. he is the son of Smith and Abigail (Alexander) MORGAN, natives of Tennessee. The former was born in 1806, and the latter in 1809. They are now residents of Fayetteville, Tenn., and are members of the Baptist Church. Until his seventeenth year our subject lived with his parents on the farm, and then learned the blacksmithing trade, following that, together with farming for a number of years. In 1856 he went to Kansas with a company of 365 men, joining them at Montgomery, Ala., for the purpose of pre-empting lands, and while there joined the pro-slavery party, and took up arms against John BROWN and his supporters. In the fall of 1856 he returned to Fayetteville, and worked at his trade until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in Company F, of the Fourth Tennessee Regulars, Infantry, commanded by Baxter SMITH. He was afterward transferred to Company I, Fourth Tennessee Infantry. He served throughout the war, the latter part of which he was a member of Jefferson DAVIS’ escort. At the close of the war he returned to Fayetteville, and for two years engaged in cotton raising. At the end of this time he came to Tullahoma and engaged in farming until 1880, when he opened a blacksmith shop and for four years worked at his old trade. He was licensed to practice law in 1870, by Judges WILLIAMS and QUARLES, and in January, 1886, was elected chairman of the Coffee County Court, followed by re-election in January, 1887. In politics he is a Democrat.

Mr. MORGAN was married in 1861, to Hannah, daughter of Dr. Thomas and Hannah B. (Moore) ANDERSON, of Coffee County, Tenn., and born in 1838. They have had born to them the following children: Cassandra V., born April 28, 1862; Calladonia D. (deceased), born April 28, 1866; Percy A., born December 30, 1868; Lewis B., August 12, 1872; Barclay in 1874; Frank A., in 1879, and Grace M., born in 1882. Mrs. MORGAN is a member of the Old School Presbyterian Church.

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McLEMORE, S.J.

S.J. McLEMORE, a pioneer of Tullahoma, was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., December 29, 1822, and is the son of S.J. and Martha (Whitaker) McLEMORE, natives of North Carolina. The father died in 1825 and the mother in 1880. Our subject reared on the farm, remained there until his marriage to Margaret J. WARD in 1841, when he removed to Nashville and entered the produce business.

In 1851 he came to Tullahoma. He sold goods until the civil war and after the close of the same entered the livery business. In 1876 he began merchandising, continuing at that until January, 1886. His wife died in 1881. In 1883 he married Ruthea J. GROSS, a native of McMinnville. By his first wife our subject has six children: William H., John C., S.J., Lamyra, Henrietta and Laura. Our subject is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and his wife of the Christian Church. He is a member of Tullahoma Lodge, No. 101, I.O.O.F., of which he is the only surviving charter member. He has served several times as mayor and alderman of Tullahoma. He is a Democrat.

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MARSHALL, W.A.

W.A. MARSHALL, furniture dealer, and present mayor of Tullahoma, Tenn., was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1842, and is the son of J.W. and Nancy T. (Neal) MARSHALL, natives of Prince Edwards County, Va. Reared on the farm of his parents, our subject received his education at  the neighboring schools. At the age of thirteen he came with his parents to Tullahoma, and entered his father’s store, remaining until the opening of the late war. He then enlisted in Company B (Confederate), of Turney’s First Regiment of Tennessee Infantry. After the war he returned home, working at different occupations until 1876, when he opened a stove and furniture store. Selling his stock of stoves in 1885, he has since carried furniture only, the only establishment of the kind in the city. For several years Mr. MARSHALL served on the police force of Tullahoma, and for seven years was a member of the board of aldermen.

February 4,1886, he was elected mayor for a term of two years, the first man elected to that position by the people of that city. He is a member of the Odd Fellows’ Lodge, and the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and is a Democrat. In 1865 our subject was married to Lucinda C., daughter of Robert DARWIN, deceased, of Tullahoma. They have had twelve children, four of whom are dead: Mary L., born January 3,1867; Emma C., March 14, 1871; William R., April 15, 1874; Lottie L., November 29, 1875; Harry L., March 12, 1877; Daisy L., May 20, 1879; Josiah M., May 18, 1881, and Minnie V., born June 22, 1883. The mother died in April, 1885.

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DAVIDSON, George W.

George W. DAVIDSON, one of the oldest and most prominent citizens of Tullahoma, and a member of the Coffee County bar, was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., June 21, 1826, and is the son of Joel and Elizabeth (Henry) DAVIDSON. The father was born at Beon’s Station, Grainger County, Tenn., in July, 1799, and died in August in 1848. The mother was born in Hillsboro, Orange Co., N.C., January 5, 1800, and died in November, 1883. Both were members of the Old School Presbyterian Church.

Our subject was reared on a farm, and received a limited education. He learned the cabinet-maker’s trade at the age of sixteen years, and followed the same for about four years. Until the breaking out of the war he was engaged at contracting and building. He then became drill master for first one and then the other army in the mountain counties of Tennessee, and in 1863 entered the Federal quartermaster’s department, and served in the capacity of clerk until the close of the war. He was soon appointed postmaster at Tullahoma, and held the office until his resignation in November, 1885. During his postmastership he was also United States commissioner, and holds the office at present, together with that of recorder of Tullahoma. For several years he held the following offices at one and the same time: Postmaster, United States commissioner, recorder, justice of the peace, public school director, and notary public.

Mr. DAVIDSON was married February 24, 1864, to S.W. CLEVELAND, who was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1844. To them have been born five children: Robert H. born May 17, 1865; Joan, September 10, 1869; Abraham L., May 27, 1873; William J. September 16, 1875, and Maud, January 25, 1879. Robert H. is at present deputy postmaster at Tullahoma. In 1870 our subject was licensed as an attorney by Judges STEELE and TILLMAN. He is a Republican, but was a Whig previous to the war. He is conservative in his political views and has warm friends in both parties. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church North, while his wife belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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CALL, E.A.

E.A. CALL, farmer and miller, of Coffee County, was born in Lincoln County March 6, 1825. His parents, Daniel H. and Nancy (Hinkle) CALL, natives of Roan County, N.C., came to Tennessee about 1822, and began farming and distilling. He built the first steam distillery in Coffee County, continuing  until about 1848 in the business. Our subject, one of nine children, entered the distillery at sixteen, and continued successfully for thirty-six years.

November 9, 1850, he married Susan TIMMINS, of Lincoln County, by whom he had nine children. She died June 19, 1877. October 7, 1879, he married Francis E. WILDMAN, whose death occurred in July, 1884. He was married the third time to Lizzie, daughter of P.A. and Ellen (Rollin) HUFFER. Politically he is a Republican.

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WHITAKER, Roberson A.

ROBERSON A. WHITAKER, farmer, was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., November 9, 1859, son of Dr. Philander and Rebecca M. (Moseley) Whitaker, and supposed to be of English descent.  The father was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., October 19, 1826, and November 12, 1850, he wedded Rebecca Moseley, who was born November 12, 1883.  To this union were born six children — four sons and two daughters.  The father died July 3, 1869, and the mother July 3, 1885.  The Whitaker family were among the early settlers of the State.

Our subject was a farmer boy, was educated in the common schools, and at the age of seventeen began working for himself.  February 3, 1880, Miss Bettie S. Thomas, daughter of William Thomas, became his wife, and by her he became the father of two children:  William T. and Mattie M.  Mrs. Whitaker was born in the house where she now resides September 9, 1857.  Her father, William Thomas, Sr., was born January 31, 1807, and died March 29, 1861.  Her mother, Mrs. Jane (McCrory) Thomas, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., May 28, 1816, and died December 1, 1882.  The ancestors of Mrs. Whitaker on her mother’s side were formerly from Ireland, and in an ancient Bible, whose leaves are yellow with age, was found the following statement:  Hugh McCrory (the great-great-grandfather of Mrs. Whitaker) was born in May, 1759, in the county of Antrim, Ireland.  He sailed to America in April, 1775.  He joined the regular army, and served as colonel under Gen. Washington, and was killed at Alexandria in October, 1777.  Our subject is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

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SOLOMON, W.T.

W. T. SOLOMON was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., May 18, 1855.  His father, W. C. Solomon, was born in 1818, in North Carolina, and came to Tennessee when quite small.  About 1853 he wedded Sallie C. Tarver, born in Columbus, Ga., in 1824. The father died in 1880.  At the age of sixteen our subject became a clerk in the merchandise business for J. C. Fisher, of Fayetteville.  Two years later he engaged in the grain and produce business at the same place, the style of the firm being Bryson & Solomon.  Two years later Mr. Solomon began work for Anderson, Green & Co., of Nashville, as traveling salesmen, and has successfully continued up to the present date.

Sue B. Thompson became his wife October 23, 1879.  She is a daughter of Newcomb Thompson, and the mother of two children:  Alice Cary and William Tarver.  Our subject is a man of influence in the community in which he resides, and received a good education in his boyhood days.  He and wife are church members, and he is a member of the K. of P. and the Democratic party.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

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