DANCY, John H.

John H. DANCY residing in the Second District of Haywood County, was born in October, 1831, in Williamson County, and is the son of Isaac Dancy, who was born August 7, 1783, in Virginia, but moved at an early date to Tennessee, locating at Spring Hill, and was captain of a militia company of Williamson and Maury Counties. He moved to Haywood County in 1831, and located on the farm where our subject now lives, and established a post office called Dancy, that was moved in 1841 to Dancyville, still retaining the name. The first Methodist Church in this part of Tennessee, was built about 200 yards from his dwelling, and was used as a schoolhouse.

John Dancy’s mother’s maiden named was Mary LAMB; she was born in Virginia, July 19, 1793, and died September 6, 1859. Our subject remained on the farm until his father’s death, in August 1863. February 27, 1856, he married Louisa KERR, daughter of Francis B. and Ann R. Kerr; the father was born February 27, 1801, in South Carolina, and died in Fayette County in 1885; her mother was born in Sumner County, and died August 30, 1873. Mrs. Dancy was born November 5, 1834, and they have ten children: John William, Mary F. (Wife of V. M. PATTON), Ella (wife of Absalom RUDD), Albert S., Alexander, Isaac Bradley, Lula, Lillie B., Emma R. and James H.

Mr. Dancy is worth about $7,000 which he as accumulated since the war. With his wife he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South; his educational advantages were limited when he was young, but he has always manifested a warm interest in the schools of the county. He is now a Democrat, but before the was an old-line Whig.


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CALDWELL, J.F.

J. F. CALDWELL, residing and living in the Second District, was born November 11, 1852, in Tipton County, Tenn., and is the son of Theophilus Caldwell, who was born in Maury County, Tenn., in 1826, and died at Warren, Bradley Co., Ark., in 1863. Our subject’s mother was Catharine E. Caldwell, she was born in Maury County, and died in 1858 in Bradley County, Ark. J. F. Caldwell was raised on a farm with his uncle, Robert Caldwell, and remained with him until 1876, when he commenced farming for himself, which we has successfully continued, with stock raising, to the present time.

December 14, 1876 he married Mattie WILLIAMS, daughter of Luke and Rebecca Williams, and by this marriage have had five children: Annie, Elizabeth, Lillian, Estelle, who died October 26, 1882; Robert Lee, James F., who died in infancy, and Theophilus W. Mr. Caldwell is a man with a fine sense of honor, and is a valuable citizen. In 1855 he was tax collector of the district; is in politics a Democrat, and is a popular man in his neighborhood.

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BAUCOM, J.F.

J. F. BAUCOM, citizen and farmer of the Tenth District, was worn in Maury County, Tenn., August 30, 1826, being one of six children born to Brittain and Elizabeth Baucom. The father was of English origin, born in Rockingham County, N. C., in 1796, and moved to Tennessee in 1814, locating in East Tennessee, but two years later moved to Maury County, and in 1829 to Illinois, where he engaged in farming and died in 1831. The mother was a Miss BARKER, born in Caswell County, N. C., in 1798, and died in 1874. H. F. Baucom was raised and educated at home.

In 1853 he married Catharine T., daughter of James and Sarah BOND. She was born in Williamson County in 1829, and died in July, 1883. Mr. Baucom has seven children living: —-, now teaching in the collegiate institute at Princeton, KY.; Dr. James B., living near Fort Worth, Tex.; John F., a merchant at Gates, Tenn.; Maggie, wife of A. S. WELLS; Josephine, wife of A. ALLEN; Hogue and Katie.

In January, 1856, Mr. Baucom came to Haywood County and located where he now resides, four miles north of Woodville. April 14, 1862, he enlisted in Company L. Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, under Capt. Alex DUCKWORTH, and held the rank of sergeant, being with this company fifteen months; then went into Company G, Fifteenth Tennessee Cavalry, under Capt. Bruce SANDERS, and was in the battles of Corinth, Lafayette (Ga.), Harrisburg, Bolivar and Britton’s Lane, and returned home in September, 1864. Mr. Baucom is a Democrat and a Mason, and belongs to the Presbyterian Church, having been an elder in it for thirty years. He is a kind man, and has been quite successful in business.

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DAVIS, Nathan C.

Nathan C. DAVIS, a well known resident of Decatur County, was born July 14. 1843, in Hardin County. His father, Joseph DAVIS, was a native of Wake County, N.C., born February 7, 1805; he came to Maury County, Tenn., in 1829, where be carried on the blacksmith business; from there he went to Hardin County; was married to Harriet PERRY, a native of Williamson County. Tenn., but a descendant of North Carolinians.

The subject of this sketch is the eighth of fourteen children: received such education as the country schools of that day afforded, at Clifton, Tenn. When war was declared he enlisted in the Ninth Tennessee Cavalry, under command of J. B. BIFFLE, took part in the Parkers Cross Roads fight, Trenton, Humboldt, also in the engagements at Franklin and Thompson’s Station: he followed Straight and participated in combats at Town Creek, Day’s Gap, Sand Mountain and Gadsden, capturing the enemy at Pine Bluff; Mr. DAVIS was taken at Clifton by Murphy, but released by Capt. Sam MARTIN.

When peace was declared, he returned home and resumed farming; was married November 12, 1868, to Miss M. A. JOHNSON, of Hardin County, whose father was a native of that county; her mother was born in Alabama. To Nathan C. and M. A. (JOHNSON) DAVIS seven children were born; those living are Thomas J., William N., Benjamin F., Edgar H. and Mary E., James S. and an infant are both dead, November 24, 1882, Mrs. DAVIS died. Mr. DAVIS married the second time in January, 1883, to Mrs. Mary H. (STEPHENS) HARRELL, of Savannah, Tenn., a daughter of Col. H. H. STEPHENS, who was born in Boone, Bourbon Co., Ky.; her mother, Elizabeth (THARP) STEPHENS was the first white child born in Florence, Ala. She was educated at Louisville, Ky. To Mr. DAVIS‘ second marriage one child has been born, Perry, a son. Mr. and Mrs. DAVIS are earnest members of the Methodist Church. Mr. DAVIS is a steadfast Democrat and a courteous gentleman. — Transcribed by David Donahue

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BAKER, B.G.

B. G. BAKER was born in Hickman County, Tenn., January 11, 1818. His father, Dr. Benj. BAKER, was of German descent, born in New York City, where he received his medical education, and practiced until about 1812; he then went to New Orleans, and after several years came to Tenn., locating in Hickman, where he continued the practice of his profession. About 1815 he married Mrs. Rachel (Petty) FIELDS, who was born in Chatham County, N.C., in 1788; her parents were Virginians, but of Scotch-Irish descent. To Dr. and Mrs. BAKER two sons and two daughters were born: Winnie, the widow of Lot AKIN of Decatur County: Elizabeth, widow of Wm. LIVINGSTONE, of Maury County; Wm. H. married to Miss Arethie NICKELS, and farming in Decatur County, our subject being the fourth child. Dr. Benj. BAKER died in 1822, and his wife in 1858; she was a faithful member of the Free-Will Baptist Church, a true Christian woman.

B. G. BAKER received but a limited education in the country schools of Perry (now Decatur) County, but acquired considerable knowledge from the Bible and other books: has read from the best medical authorities until he is competent to practice in his field; was married in 1837 to Emily HENDRICK of Decatur County, with whom he had two children; only one survives, and is Mrs. Tennessee BAKER (PRIM) McCLURE who is farming in Dyer County, Tenn. Horton Howard BAKER, the son was lieutenant in the Confederate Army; after a gallant leadership in the battle of Shiloh he was taken sick and returned home, living but two days after his arrival there. Mrs. Baker died in 1843.

In August, 1845, Mr. BAKER married Caroline BASSEL, of Humphreys County, Tenn., who became the mother of ten children of those living are James K., a blacksmith by trade, a farmer in Decatur County, married to Elizabeth Harris; Wm. E., a farmer in same county, wife was Theodosia BESLEY; G. W., farmer in Decatur County, married Georgia D. HENDRICK; Mary E., wife of J. A. HAYNES, magistrate and farmer of Decatur County; Martha E., wife of John H. PRATT, farmer in Decatur County; Sarah J., widow of Wm. H. CHURRY, a farmer in Benton County, died in 1880; Winnie M., wife of L. L. WOOD, a farmer in Decatur County; Rachel C., married Robert CLIFT, is farming in Decatur County; Ellen, married John CLIFT, is merchandising and forming in Decatur County. Benjamin and Dora died in infancy. Mr. BAKER is an elder in the Cumberland Church, and a firm Democrat, a man well known and highly respected. — Transcribed by David Donahue

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AKIN, Robert J.

Robert J. AKIN, of the Eleventh District, was born in Decatur County, March 9, 1828. Wm. V. AKIN, his father, was a native of South Carolina, came to Maury County, Tenn., about 1801, was married first to Miss Edna, about 1810.

Our subject is the eighth of eleven children; received his education in the country schools, by careful and constant reading of books and papers of the day, has a well stored mind. His principal occupation since boyhood has been farming, but from 1856 to 1860 was engaged in boating staves to New Orleans; is a blacksmith by trade. He was married March 28, 1860, to Susan T. HANCOCK, of Decatur County. When war was declared Mr. AKIN enlisted in the Tenth Tennessee Cavalry, under command of Col. Cox; served gallantly in the battles of Chickamauga and Morristown, Philadelphia Tennessee and Brentwood. In the winter Mr. AKIN on account of sickness was on furlough; at the termination of the war he returned to the farm upon which he has since and is now living. Ho is a devoted member of the Methodist Church, a Mason and sincere Democrat, a man well known and respected. — Transcribed by David Donahue

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WHITE, Thomas A.

THOMAS A. WHITE, farmer, was born May 15, 1819, and is one of seven children born to the union of Thomas and Margaret (McGarrah) White.  The father was born in Jefferson County, Va., in 1780, immigrated to Tennessee and settled in Maury County.  He remained there until 1825 when he moved to Shelbyville and followed the hatter trade.  He also kept hotel in Shelbyville several years.  In 1801 he was married and became the father of these children:James R., Joseph, Elizabeth, Nancy, John, Susan and Thomas A.    Thomas White, Sr., and wife were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  The  former died in 1846 and the latter in 1850.

The subject of this sketch was born in Columbia, Tenn., and is of Scotch-Irish descent.  He received a limited education in the Bedford County Schools, and in 1841 was married to Miss Ary A. Williams, a native of this county.  Five children blessed this union:  Mary, Robert, Isaac H., Margaret and Julia.  Three of these have died:  Robert, Margaret and Julia.  Mrs. White died in 1853, and in the same year Mr. White married Margaret Dryden, of Bedford County and to this union were born nine children:  Ary (deceased), Julia, Lula, Thomas C., William D., James L., Anna, Walter C. and SusanMr. White was a tailor for twenty years of his life but in 1853 turned his attention exclusively to farming.  He owns 200 acres of land, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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DINWIDDLE, A.G. (Rev.)

REV. A. G. DINWIDDLE, D. D., was born July 13, 1840 in Montgomery County, Tenn. His father, William Dinwiddle, was born October 15, 1810 in Kentucky. He was by profession a local minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and was also a farmer. He died April 4, 1872. The mother, nee Mary Cole Alexander, was born in Kentucky, June 15, 1814, and it yet living in Montgomery County, Tenn.

The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm and received fair early educational advantages. He was principally education under Prof. L. E. Duke, of Chapel Hill, N. C., then conducting an academy at Asbury, Montgomery Co., Tenn. At the age of nineteen he engaged in the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and has since been so engaged. He joined the Tennessee Annual Conference in October, 1859, and was appointed junior preacher to the Wesley Circuit, where he remained one year. Thence in 1860 he was appointed junior preacher to the Dover Circuit, and at the close of that year he was ordained deacon by Bishop Early. His third year’s work was on the Bellefonte Circuit in northern Alabama and on November 19, 1861, he was married to Miss Rachael Odil, of Columbia, Tenn.

In 1862 he was appointed to the Trinity Station, Alabama. After the war, in 1865, he was appointed to the Sante Fe Circuit, in Maury County, Tenn. Thence, in 1866, he was appointed to the Duck River Circuit, which pastorate he held two years. In 1868 he organized the Bulleoka Institute and was appointed principal of the same, also retaining the appointment of junior preacher on the Duck River Circuit. In 1869 he was relieved of the pastoral charge and appointed to the full principalship of the Culleoka Institute which he held until May, 1870. In October following he was appointed to the Savannah District and remained there four consecutive years. He then took pastoral charge of Pulaski Station for four years. Thence he was appointed to Cedar Hill, Robertson, Co., Tenn., for one year. In 1879 he was appointed to the Lebanon Station, which he held until 1882, when he was appointed to the Murfreesboro Station, and June 7, 1885, received the honorary degree of D. D., from the Soule College of Murfreesboro. In October, 1885 he was appointed to the Shelbyville Station, where, as elsewhere, he has enjoyed great success in his work. He has a family of five children: Emma, Willie H., Mary B., Maggie L., and Frank G.

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CLEVELAND, Thomas S.

THOMAS S. CLEVELAND was born April 25, 1840, in Bedford County, Tenn. His father Jeremiah CLEVELAND was a native of Greenville, S. C., born March, 1806, and of English and German descent. About 1833 he immigrated to Bedford County, Tenn., and located on the farm where our subject is now living. He married Miss Sallie E. STONE, and native of Maury County, born about 1815, and of English descent. To this union were born six children. Jeremiah CLEVELAND was a merchant before his coming to this State and a farmer afterward. He owned about 1,500 acres of land on Duck River, on this county, besides a large tract of 3,000 acres on the Mississippi River. He had about $50,000 of stock in the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, and was one of the first board of directors to locate the road. He died in 1878. The mother of our subject died in 1840.

Thomas CLEVELAND was educated at the Cumberland University at Lebanon, and lived with his father until May, 1861, when he enlisted in company G, Seventeenth Tennessee Infantry, and was elected as third Lieutenant of his company, and as such served twelve months. He then joined the artillery of Gen. John H. Morgan’s command, and was captured in Ohio in July, 1863, and retained until 1863. He then returned to Wartrace, Bedford County, where he has ever since remained engaged in farming. In 1867 he married Miss Annie E. WRIGHT, a native of Floyd County, Ga., and a daughter of Moses R. WRIGHT, and a niece of Judge WRIGHT. Who was a member of the United Stated congress.

To our subject and wife were born five children: Sallie S., Lizzie H., Hattie D., Annie L:. and Carrie C. Mr. CLEVELAND is a member of the Masonic fraternity, also of the R. A. He and wife are members of the Baptist Church, and live on the old homestead, consisting of 600 acres of land. Mr. CLEVELAND is a grandson of Capt. Robert CLEVELAND, and a grandnephew of Col. Benjamin CLEVELAND, both of whom served with distinction in the Revolutionary War.

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AKIN, J.C.

J. C. AKIN, proprietor of the Evans Hotel, was born July 2, 1827, in Granville County, N. C. His father, Thomas AKIN, moved with his family from North Carolina to Maury County, Tenn., about 1830, and lived there till his death. He was a farmer and raised a large family. The genial subject of this sketch was reared on a farm. He came to Shelbyville in 1854, married and engaged in mercantile trade for a short time. He then farmed till 1857, having bought a farm near Shelbyville. He then removed to McMinnville, Warren Co., Tenn., and engaged in the grocery business there a short time, and then at farming till the war, in the meantime having bought two farms and stocked them. During the was he was in the drug business till early in 1865. He then went to Maury County and raised a crop of cotton; thence he returned to McMinnville, and remained till 1878, when he again moved to Shelbyville, and for six years ran the Barksdale House. Since then he has been running the Evans Hotel, the only first-class hotel in the city. He also runs a fruit evaporator in Shelbyville.

He was married, September 18, 1854, to Mrs. America LANE, the widow of Robert LANE, of Marshall county. Her father was Isaac HOLMAN, who was once a member of the Legislature. Mr. AKIN and wife have been members of the Missionary Baptist Church for many years, and are among the leading members of the church at Shelbyville. Mr. AKIN has been chairman and treasurer of the executive board of the Duck River Baptist Association for many years, and at one time was president of the Baptist Sunday-school Association, and of the Bedford County Sunday-school Association. He is a member of the K. of H. Politically he was merely an old-line Whig, but is now a conservative Democrat. He is justly regarded as an enterprising and influential citizen of the county, who has always taken special and active interest in all charitable, religious and moral enterprises. The wife was the mother of four children by her former marriage, two of whom are now living.

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