WHITWORTH, E.M.

E.M. WHITWORTH, a farmer of Coffee County, was born August 3, 1840, in Bedford County. His father, Benjamin F., was born in Marshall County January 8, 1814, and died October 12, 1876. In the fourth generation back were three brothers who were among the famous Jamestown, Va., settlers, and the next generation came to Tennessee. His mother, Minerva L. (Morton) WHITWORTH, was born in 1820, in Tennessee, daughter of Jacob and Annie (Fisher) MORTON; the former was in the war of 1812 under Gen. JACKSON. Reared on his father’s farm until of age he then began his present successful career as a farmer. From 1862 until the surrender he was a Confederate soldier.

He married Hattie JOHNSON, of Rutherford County, February 1, 1860. Six children–four living–were born to them. His wife died November 8, 1874. June 25, 1876, he married Virginia THOMPSON, daughter of George THOMPSON, of English blood and a descendant of Pocahontas, through his grandparents, Burwell and Nancy (Wafford) THOMPSON. A Democrat in political faith, he has been elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church for twenty-five years, a member of the Masonic order, and served as superintendent of public instruction for two terms.

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SMALLING, Benjamin Forsyth

BENJAMIN FORSYTH SMALLING was born in what was Bedford County but now is part of Marshall County, Tenn., November 24, 1825.  He is the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (Bostic) Smalling, and is of German lineage.  His father was born in Sullivan County, Tenn., about 1800, and his mother was born in Wilkes County, N. C. about the same year.  They were married in early life and from this union were born three children.

Our subject was reared on the farm and received a practical education in the common schools.  Farming has been his chief occupation, although he has spent some time in trading, saw-milling, etc.  During the civil war he was commissioned enrolling officer of his district and afterward was as an officer of the commissary department in the Confederate Army, where he remained during the war.  While he participated in no battles he was often exposed to the dangers incident to war.

October 5, 1847, he was married to Miss Ann F. Morton, who was born in Hardeman County, Tenn., January 13, 1830.  To this union were born nine children, six of whom are living; these are Forsyth, James M., Constantine W., Benjamin, Mary C. and Elizabeth BMr. Smalling has a farm of 100 acres of fine land which he manages in a profitable way.  He is a Democrat and he and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Our subject’s grandfather Col. Benjamin Forsyth, was a commanding officer in the war of 1812, and was killed in a skirmish near Lake Champlain.  He wore a sword at the time of his death which he had captured from a British officer.  He made the remark when putting the sword on that he would “fight them with their own weapons.”  He was killed soon after this occurrence.  The sword was labeled with its full history by Gen. Scott and sent to the widow of Col. Forsyth and may be seen at this time at the home of James M. Smalling, four miles east of Nashville, Tenn., on the Lebanon Pike.

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RUSS, Robert Columbus

ROBERT COLUMBUS RUSS, editor and proprietor of the Shelbyville (Tenn.) Commercial, was born in Fayetteville, N. C., September 5, 1824, being one of twelve children — six boys and six girls — born to James and Eunice (Steeley) Russ, both natives of North Carolina; the former being born June 29, 1790, and the latter October 17, 1791, and both of whom died in Shelbyville, Tenn.  Our subject’s paternal grandparents were William and Hannah Russ, the former being a native of Russia, and the latter of Scotland; and his maternal grandparents were William and Lexy Steeley.  Only three of the twelve children born to our subject’s parents are living, viz.: our subject, his brother, A. J. Russ, and his sister, Mary Jane Fausett.

Our subject set in to learn the “art preservative” in 1840 with his brother James and William L. Berry, in Fayetteville, and began editing and publishing a paper in Shelbyville in 18–, find has continued in that capacity to the present, having published eight papers altogether.  Our subject was married to Euphamie M., daughter of John Crawford, at Cedar Springs, Marshall Co., Tenn., December 14. 1848, and to them have been born twelve children — six boys and six girls — all of whom have died except four boys and one girl.  The Commercial is the oldest newspaper in Shelbyville, is Democratic, and wields considerable influence as a local and party paper.

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PICKLE, M.P.

M. P. PICKLE was born August 24, 1838, in Farmington, Marshall Co., Tenn.  His father, Maj. Pickle, a native of Bedford County, was born in 1813, and was a successful farmer.  He died in March, 1862, in this county.  Our subject’s mother, Catherine Pickle, was born in Williamson County in 1813, and is still living at the advanced age of seventy-three.

Our subject remained with his parents on the farm until he was twenty years of age.  He then engaged in farming for himself.  In 1869 he engaged in the merchandise business in this county, which he continued for about six years.  He then moved his business to Rich Creek, Marshall County, where he sold goods for about two years, after which he sold his interest and again returned to agricultural pursuits, together with stock raising.  Since 1884 he has been engaged in the lumber business, shipping cedar lumber exclusively.

July 29, 1859,  he was married to Mary Ann Frances Atkisson, of this county, who was burn April 23, 1837.  This union resulted in the birth of nine children, two of whom, Andrew and Murry F., are dead.  The names of the seven living are, respectively, Major A., James M., George W., Sarah E., Henry J., Annie C. and Minerva P.

Our subject’s educational advantages were not of the best, consequently he received but a district school education.  Owing to this he has always felt a deep interest in all enterprises pertaining to the education of the rising, generation.  He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which he was ordained deacon about 1868.  He has always been a peaceful, quiet man, and has never been summoned before the court for any misdemeanor whatever.  He is a Republican in politics.

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McCRORY, Thomas Chapman (Dr.)

DR. THOMAS CHAPMAN McCRORY, an eminent physician, was born in Bedford County, November 13, 1834, and is the son of John and Annie (Wilson) McCrory.  He is of Scotch-Irish extraction.  The father was born in Mechlenburg County, N. C., February 5, 1788, and the mother in Georgia, October 11, 1791.  They were married in Marshall County, Tenn., and were the parents of twelve children.  The father died October 13, 1874, and the mother January 22, 1864.

Our subject had the advantage of a good common school education, and afterward read medicine with Dr. Smith Bowlin.  He then attended the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati and completed his studies, receiving his diploma from the Medical University at Nashville, from which institution he graduated in 1867.  He  enlisted in Company D, Second Tennessee Regiment, Confederate States Army, and served as lieutenant of the regiment under Col. (now Gov.) Bate.  Dr. McCrory was made assistant surgeon, but preferred a more active part and took his place in the regiment.  He participated in the battle of the first Manassas, Murfreesboro, Shiloh, Chickamauga and the various battles between Chattanooga and Atlanta.  He was captured during Hood’s advance in Tennessee, and taken a prisoner to Fort Delaware, where he remained until Lee’s surrender.

Since the war he has followed his chosen profession, and has at this time a very large and lucrative practice.  February 28, 1860, he wedded Miss Sallie J. Knott, daughter of Iverson Knott.  This union resulted in the birth of eight children only three of whom are living: Thomas F., Eugene and Alva.  The Doctor is a Democrat and a Mason. Mrs. McCrory is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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LEFTWICH, Charles W.

CHARLES W. LEFTWICH, although not long a resident of Bedford County, is one of the enterprising dry goods merchants of Shelbyville. He was born in Moore County, Tenn., April 16, 1850.  His father, Littleberry Leftwich, was born in this State.  He has been a farmer and merchant most of his lifetime, and is now conducting a mercantile trade for Charles W. at Talley,  Marshall Co., Tenn.  The mother died in 1854.

The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm.  He received his education mainly in Mulberry Academy of Lincoln County, Tenn.  He then taught school about four years.  In 1879 he engaged in merchandising in Moore County, Tenn., and continued successfully until the spring of 1885, when he established his business at Talley, which is now conducted by his father.  In December, 1885,  he began his business here and has continued successfully ever since, with a stock of $10,000 or $12,000 of dry goods and notions, boot and shoes,  hats and caps, clothing, etc.

He was married, in 1875, to Miss Maggie Morring, of Alabama.  This union has been blessed in the birth of five children, four of whom are now living, viz.: Clayton W., Thomas E., Nina P. and LittleberryMr. Leftwich and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.  Politically he has always been a Democrat.

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HUNTER, James B.

JAMES B. HUNTER, farmer and teacher, of Bedford County, Tenn., is a son of E. W. Hunter, who was born in North Carolina, and came to Tennessee with his father when a mere lad.  He was married in 1880 to Susanna Wilson, and by her is the father of six children:  Sarah M., Robert P., Emily, Margaret M., Thomas H. M. and J. BMrs. Hunter’s death occurred in 1848, and in 1849 Mr. Hunter wedded Margaret B. Jones, and to them were born three children, only one of whom is living.  Mr. Hunter died in 1876 at his residence in Marshall County.

James B. Hunter was born April 27, 1838, and was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools.  He began teaching when quite young, and then clerked in a dry goods store until the breaking out of the Rebellion, when he enlisted in Company F, Seventeenth Tennessee Infantry.  He was lieutenant of his company and acted about half the time as adjutant of the regiment.  In 1862, when the army was reorganized; he enlisted in the Twenty-second Tennessee Cavalry and was captured near Montgomery, Ala.  He was a participant in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Franklin and numerous lesser engagements.  At the close of the war he returned home and in 1867 was married to Mary C. Cooper, who bore him the following family of children:  Ida L., Sarah E., Frank W. and Charles P.  Mr. Hunter resides near Bell Buckle, and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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FISHER, J.C.

J. C. FISHER’S ancestors were from North Carolina. His father, George W. Fisher, was born in August, 1812, and was brought to Tennessee by his parents when only four years old. George W. Fisher married Elizabeth Helm who was born in North Carolina, in 1814, and died in Tennessee in 1846.

Our subject was born in Marshall County, Tenn., January 16, 1838, and is the third of seven children and of Irish descent. At the age of twenty years he began clerking for W. S. Hurst, at Hurst’s Cross Roads, Murray County, continuing two years. When the war broke out he joined the Confederate Army, Company D, Fourth Tennessee Calvary, but after serving faithfully for some time was compelled to abandon the service to some extent. For about two years after the war he farmed and stock traded and then engaged in the merchandise business in Verona and followed that business four years with good results, the style of the firm being Fisher & Robinson. In 1871 he sold his interest and moved to Fayetteville where he was a partner of W. S. Hurst in the merchandise business two years. The firm then divided their stock, and for three years longer Mr. Fisher followed that occupation in that place and in 1877 moved to Shelbyville. Since 1875 he has been exclusively engaged in farming. May 1, 1873, he wedded Mattie Bell (Daughter of G. W. and E. Bell), who has borne him six children: Oscar B., Stella (deceased), Elbert H., James D., Hugh C. and George B. Mr. Fisher has accumulated his property by his own exertions and is perhaps the most thoroughly self-made man in this section of the county. The greater part of his education has been acquired through self exertion. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church Sough, and his wife of the Christian Church. Politically his is a Democrat.

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DAVIS, Elnathan G.

ELNATHAN G. DAVIS, farmer and trader in live-stock, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., on the farm where he is now living, December 29, 1825. His father, Elnathan Davis, was born in South Carolina in 1795, and in 1817 was married to Rebecca (Sivley) Davis, who was born in Tennessee in 1797. Of this union there were eight children reared to maturity. The father died August 12, 1856 in Bedford County, Tenn., and the mother November 6, 1885.

Our subject received a practical education in the common schools, and has followed farming as his chief occupation. He has been married twice, the first time February 20, 1851, to Miss Mary E. Wilson, of Marshall County, Tenn. The fruits of this union were two children: John W. and Cleopatra. January 13, 1870, he took for his second wife Miss Jeffie E. Norton, daughter of H. W. Norton. To this union was born one child, Eugene G. Our subject, form physical disability, was exempt from the army, but the Davis family was represented by other members. Mr. Davis is an old-line Democrat, and a member of the I. O. O. F. He has 300 acres of as fine fine land as the county affords, all well cultivated, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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CUNNINGHAM, J.M.

J. M. CUNNINGHAM, M. D., is a native of Marshall County, Tenn., born June 17, 1849, and is the second of six children of S. D. and Elizabeth (Armstrong) CUNNINGHAM, who are now living in Marshall County.

Our subject spent his early days in tilling his father’s farm, remaining until eighteen years old, at which time he entered the high school at Lewisburg, then under the supervision of Calvin DORNAL, and paid his own way for about three years, his father refusing to pay his tuition. He entered the Medical College of Nashville in 1871, and during the vacation in the summer of 1872 he taught school to enable him to take the course of lectures in the fall, which he did, and graduated in the spring of 1873. He began practicing his profession in April of that year at Bedford post office, seven miles west of Shelbyville, where he has successfully continued up to the present date.

June 14, 1876, he married Lizzie T. LOCK, daughter of James LOCK. This union has resulted in six children: Vera C., Clare G. (deceased), Ewing B., Hattie S., Lillie R. (deceased) and Horace L. Dr. CUNNINGHAM is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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