HEAD, John R.

John R. Head, of the firm of Head & Montgomery, liverymen of Brownsville, was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., March 27, 1844, son , of John R. and Eliza J. (Thomson) Head, of Mississippi and Tennessee respectively.

Our subject was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. In 1863 he went to West Tennessee and engaged in stock business until 1870, when he began keeping a livery stable. He has met with fair success in all his undertakings, and as he started in life with nothing but what nature bestowed upon him, deserves much credit for his success. He owns considerable property in Brownsville, and in his political views affiliates with the Democratic party. He belongs to the K. of P. fraternity.


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WOOD, S.H.

S.H. WOOD, M.D., a physician of Hillsboro, was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., November 13, 1824. His parents, Thomas and Susan (Baldridge) WOOD, are natives of Orange County,N.C., immigrating to Tennessee about 1806. A blacksmith by trade the elder WOOD moved to Hickman County, Ky., in 1827, remaining there to the close of his life in 1837.

Reared on the farm, our subject began the study of medicine in 1844, and before beginning to practice in Bradyville, Tenn., attended Louisville University. Since 1866 he has had successful practice at his present home. He married Elizabeth LYON, of Rutherford County, in 1849. Born to them were John, May 14, 1850, and Mary F., June 10, 1852. His wife died July 10, 1853. He next married Mary J. LYON, by whom he had seven children. Her death occurred May 2, 1872, at Hillsboro. In 1874 he married Sarah C. HUFFAR. They have six children. He is a member of the Christian Church. In 1861 he was State representative, and is now justice of the peace. Politically he is a Democrat.

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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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CONLEY, A.B.

A.B. CONLEY, merchant, and a prominent citizen of Tullahoma, Tenn., was born in Rutherford County, Tenn.,November 7, 1847; the son of A.W. CONLEY, a native of Tennessee. Our subject was reared on a farm in what is now a part of Crockett County. He acquired his education in the common schools and in 1867 began the study of medicine. He attended the Eclectic College at Cincinnati, Ohio, the medical department of the University of Louisiana at New Orleans, and graduated in 1884 from the American Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati. From 1871 to 1880 he practiced in Louisiana and then went to Milan, Tenn. June 17, 1886, he came to Tullahoma and engaged in general merchandising, his present occupation. At the age of fourteen he ran away from home, joined the Confederate Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry. After a year’s service he returned home on account of sickness. He was married in 1869 to Mattie J., daughter of Washington MITCHELL of Rutherford County, Tenn. Three children were born to them–one girl and two boys. Our subject is a member of the Masonic, Odd Fellows, K. of P., K. of H., K. & L. of H. and A.O.U.W orders.

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AYDELOTT, James G.

James G. AYDELOTT, a lawyer, and one of the most prominent citizens of Tullahoma, Tenn., was born in Hickman, Ky, November 3, 1845, and is the son of John D. and Sarah (Grizzard) AYDELOTT. The father was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1818, and died at Hickman, Ky., in 1852. The mother, born in Nashville, Tenn., in 1827, is the daughter of James GRIZZARD, the pioneer merchant of Tullahoma. When a small boy our subject removed with his mother to Tullahoma, where he has since resided. While a man of good education, his attendance at public school did not exceed three months altogether, having been taught entirely by his mother, who was a lady of fine education and more than ordinary attainments, educated as she was at the old Nashville Female Academy.

In 1860 our subject entered the store of J.B. WITHERBY as clerk, remaining there until the occupation of Tullahoma by Gen. BRAGG. He then entered the Confederate Army news depot, serving in that position until the Georgia campaign, when he went on duty at the headquarters of the Army of the Tennessee, where he remained until after the surrender in North Carolina, having been under Gens. JOHNSTON, BRAGG and HOOD. At the close of the war he returned home and occupied a position as clerk in the store of CRAIN & WITHERBY, being at the same time a member of the firm of AYDELOTT & STEVENS, manufacturers of harness, saddles, boots and shoes. In 1869 he entered into partnership with Joel WITHERBY in general merchandise, in which he was engaged until 1873, when the firm was dissolved by the retirement of the senior member to private life. He next became a member of the firm of AYDELOTT, DAVIDSON & Co., in 1875, but retired from the same in a few months. In 1876 he formed a copartnership with John P. BENNETT, and remained in the same until 1878. In 1880 he engaged in the lumber and produce business, continuing until 1883. For a year and a half he was actively engaged in developing coal mining in East Tennessee, in which he was largely interested, but in 1885 closed out the controlling interest, since when he has been devoted to his law practice and office work.

Mr. AYDELOTT is, and has been for eighteen years a member of the county court, member of the board of aldermen, mayor of Tullahoma, twice, four and five years each time, and recorder the same number of times. He has been for the past twenty years an active member of the I.O.O.F., being elected in 1884 Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, and in 1885 was elected Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, serving in that capacity at the session of the same at Boston, Mass., in 1886. His term of office will extend to and include the meeting of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in Denver, Col., in 1887. In 1886 he was elected Grand High Priest of the Grand Encampment, I.O.O.F., of Tennessee. He is also a member of the Tullahoma Lodge and Chapter F. & A.M., and of Tullahoma Lodge, A.O.U.W., representing the latter in the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. In politics he is a Democrat and belongs to the progressive Democracy of the new South; while having never asked for office, he has always taken an active part in politics,and has been a delegate to every county, congressional and State Convention held by his party in fifteen years. He is a director of the Nashville,Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway, also a director of the Tullahoma National Bank and is prominently connected with various other corporations.

Our subject was married March 20, 1872, to Sallie, daughter of George and Delilah (Troxler) CORTNER, of Bradford County, Tenn. She was born in 1851. To them have been born three children, as follows: George Cortner, born August 5, 1873; John Doak, December 6, 1875,and Jessie Mai, January 9, 1881. Mr. AYDELOTT is a member of the Episcopal, while his wife is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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YELL, Joshua

JOSHUA YELL is a son of James Yell, who was born in North Carolina, and came to Tennessee with his father when young, locating in Rutherford County.  He was married to Jerusha Barton, daughter of William Barton, and by her became the father of twelve children, only seven of whom lived to maturity. Archibald Yell, brother of James Yell, was governor of Arkansas two terms previous to the Mexican war, and was killed in that war while commanding the Arkansas troops.

The subject of this sketch was born September 15, 1832, and spent his boyhood days on a farm and in attending the common schools. He was married October 2, 1852, to Miss Rebecca A. Waite, and ten children were born to them:  Nancy B. (deceased), A. D., James A., Annie, Benjamin, G. E., Bettie, Joshua, Adah and Charley.  In 1879 Mr. Yell removed to his present farm of 200 acres.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are church members.

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WOODFIN, Moses

MOSES WOODFIN, farmer, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., March 7, 1829, and of English-Irish lineage.  His father, Samuel Woodfin, was born in Buncombe County, North Carolina, in 1791, and about 1815 married Maria Barnhill, a native of South Carolina, born December 9, 1798, and to them were born fifteen children.  The father died April 29, 1863, and the mother in the same county March 8, 1863.

Our subject received a good practical education and has followed farming as his chief occupation.  He learned the trade of wheelwright which he followed in a regular way for over fifteen years.  At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in the Confederate Army, Forty-fifth Tennessee Infantry, and participated in the battles of Murfreesboro, Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge.  At Chickamauga he was wounded and at Missionary Ridge he was wounded again, captured, and taken to Rock Island, Ill., where he remained a prisoner until the end of the war.

September 11, 1856, he was married to Miss Rachel A. Clark, daughter of William Clark, and the fruits of this union were eight children — three sons and five daughters; the sons are William J., Samuel N. and James M. P.; the daughters: Mollie E., Emma L., Alice, Ida and Maggie LMr. Woodfin is a Democrat, a Mason, and be and wife and five children are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Woodfin, our subject’s wife, was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., August 9, 1835.  Her father was born in North Carolina, in 1807, and her mother in 1817.  Her father died October 20, 1881, and was of Irish lineage.

Our subject’s grandfather, Nicholas Woodfin, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, and was distinguished for his gallantry and bravery on many occasions.

Our subject’s father was a soldier in the war of 1812, and participated in the battle of New Orleans.

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WHEELER, William D.

WILLIAM D. WHEELER is a son of W. W. Wheeler, who was born in Tennessee in 1809, and died in April, 1855.  His mother was a Mrs. White; she was born in 1811 and died November 7,1857.  William D. was the eldest of their seven children.  He was born in Rutherford County March 12, 1836, and assisted his father on his farm until twenty-one years of age.  He followed farming up to the date of the late war.  He enlisted in Company G, Forty fourth Tennessee Infantry in 1861, but owing to ill health only remained in the service three months.

After his return home he engaged in farming, and has been a fairly prosperous “tiller of the soil.”  Martha L. Maxwell became his wife January 22, 1861.  She was born August 21, 1840, and is the mother of the following family:  Mary Ann, Etta Valonie, Malissa Alice and John Watson.  Our subject received a common school education and is a supporter of Democratic principles.

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WELLS, John W.

JOHN W. WELLS was born May 15, 1843, in Rutherford County, Tenn.  His father, Thomas P. Wells. was a native of Virginia, born in September, 1811.  When a young man he moved to Williamson County, where he married Miss Susan Smith, a native of this State.  To this union six children were born, of whom our subject is the fourth.  The mother of these children died when our subject was about nine years old, and the father afterward married Miss Frances Tune, and by her he became the father of two children — a son and daughter.

Thomas P. Wells moved to Illinois in 1866, where he now resides; he is a minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and is also a farmer.  Mrs. Frances (Tune) Wells is now dead.  Our subject came to this county with his parents when but eight years of age, and here he was educated at the Flat Creek Academy.  In October,1861, he enlisted in the Forty-first Tennessee Confederate Infantry and served in that command about two years.  He was then left at Jackson, La., on account of illness, and was there captured and paroled by the Federal Army.  He had been captured with his regiment at Fort Donelson and held as a prisoner of war until September, 1862, when he was exchanged.

In September, 1866, he married Miss Sarah E. Shoffner, a native of this county and a daughter of Col. L. Shoffner.  To this union were born two sons, Othniel D. and Willie S., both living.  The mother of these children died September 4, 1873, and in 1874 their father married Miss Margaret C. Jenkins, a native of this county and a daughter of Rev. William Jenkins.  To this union the following children were born:  Susan M., Thomas E., Edgar J., Ethel and Herbert, all living.  Our subject owns a farm of 235 acres on Duck River, all rich bottom land.  He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and belongs to Shelbyville Benevolent Lodge, No. 122, and he takes an active interest in educational matters.  He and wife are members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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WARREN, Charles A.

CHARLES A. WARREN (deceased) was born May 21, 1820, in Blount County, Tenn.  His father, Thomas S. Warren, was born and partly raised in Virginia.  He immigrated with his parents to East Tennessee when young.  He was married in 1809.  The mother, Susan Sevier Snyder, was born in Nashville.  When she was quite young she was taken to Clarksville, where her parents were murdered by the Indians and she was the only one of the family who escaped.  She was then reared by her grandfather, Valentine Sevier, and also lived a great part of her time with Gov. Sevier. The parents of our subject moved to Bedford County in about 1828.  The father died in 1856, having been horn in 1782.  The mother was born in 1791, and died in 1863.  There is now but one of the family of ten children raised by them living:  Mrs. Jennie Ivie, the widow of C. D, Ivie, of Rutherford County.  She was born December 27, 1821. 

Charles A. Warren was reared on a farm.  He served as deputy sheriff of Bedford County for many years in his younger days.  He carried on farming all his life and was one of the most extensive business men of the county.  He was engaged in stock dealing, merchandising, etc.  He was noted for his public spirit and public enterprise and charity to the poor.  He was a Democrat in politics.  He was married May 2, 1865, to Miss Amy Thompson, daughter of G. W. ThompsonMrs. Warren died October 29, 1883, leaving a family of three children:  George, Josephine and Stanley S.  Five children have been born to the union but two, Mattie Lee and William S. have died.

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