DOUGLAS, J.E.

J. E. DOUGLAS, a resident and farmer of the Second District, was born in 1829 in Wilson County, and is the son of Hon. Burchett Douglass, who was born October 6, 1793, and died July 31, 1849. He was one of the prominent politicians of his day; was a member of the Whig party, which he represented a number of times in the State Legislature, and was at one time speaker of the House. He was a very popular man, and during twenty years of public life never was defeated, and for many years he was president of the m\bank of Somerville, Fayette County.

Our subject’s mother was Martha McGEE, born in Wilson County; she was the daughter of Rev. John McGee. As his father was engaged so much in politics, J. E. Douglass remained on the farm until twenty-four years of age; he then went to Mississippi and farmed two years, when he returned and remained with his father until he died, when he bought a steam, grist and saw-mill near Memphis, which he ran until 1859, then came to his present farm, thirteen miles southwest of Brownsville, and three miles west of Dancyville, and engaged in the mill business, which he still continues.

Mr. Douglass was first married, in 1859, to Sarah F. PEWETT. The three children born to this marriage are dead. March 8, 1868, he married Mrs. Martha Phillips, a widow with one son — David C. Phillips. By this marriage were two children: Lena Lee, born in 1871, and Willis B., born in 1873. Dr. Douglass is a man trusted and esteemed by all, and is one of the most substantial citizens and business men of his county. In politics he is a Democrat.


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CLARK, W.A.

W.A. CLARK, farmer of Coffee County, was born June 17, 1830, in Lebanon. His father, Joshua CLARK, was born June 5, 1806, in Maryland, and came to Kentucky early, and finally to Lebanon in 1828, engaging in contracting and farming until 1847, since then he has been devoted to the latter. His mother, Sarah (Allen) CLARK, daughter of Billy” ALLEN, of Lebanon, was born February 14, 1807, in Tennessee. Our subject is of Scotch-Irish descent. Having learned the mechanic’s trade, he left his father’s farm when nineteen and worked at his trade until 1865, since when he has been a successful farmer. June 14, 1849, he married Elizabeth S. McGINN, a native of North Carolina. Their children are Joshua, William E., Robert H. and John D. Besides dealing in general merchandise at Bradyville, he was postmaster and collecting officer there several years; the planing mill business occupied his attention for a time also. Politically, he is a Democrat. His wife is a relative of Gen. STEELE, of Saulsbury, N.C.

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REECE, Hiram W.

Hiram W. REECE, planter, was born in Carter, now Johnson County, September, 5, 1821, the son of Daniel and Lucretia (Smith) REECE, natives of Tennessee and North Carolina respectively, and successful farmers. Our subject, the eldest of eight children, was educated near Taylorsville, and has farmed, in connection with other business, all his life, locating first in Lee County, Va., about 1846, and fifteen years later in Jonesville, and eight years later on Powell River. He was a blacksmith at the first mentioned place, and about 1867 settled in Claiborne County, in the Ninth District, and four years later in the Eighth District, and finally at his present home, where he now owns about 900 acres. In 1882 he built a saw mill, and the next year a grist-mill, and has a fine water power.

He is now a merchant, having commenced when he was forty-four years of age. December 25, 1842, he married Nancy SNYDER, and they have had seven sons and four daughters. The latter deceased. He is a Democrat, and both are Missionary Baptists, of which church he has been a deacon twenty years.

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THOMPSON, Zach

ZACH THOMPSON was born July 7, 1844, at Lebanon, Wilson Co., Tenn.  His father, Col. Robert E. Thompson, is a native of Bedford County, Tenn., born in 1822 and of Irish descent.  He moved to Williamson County with his parents when a small boy and subsequently was educated at Lebanon, Wilson County, and began the practice of law at that place.  He bas been a member of the Legislature several times and is a prominent lawyer of Lebanon.

He married Miss Mary Tolliver, a native of Lebanon, and to this union nine children were born, of whom the subject is the eldest.  Zach Thompson was educated at Cumberland University, Lebanon, and upon passing sixteen years of age he enlisted in the Seventh Tennessee Confederate Infantry.  He served in that regiment about eighteen months and was then transferred to the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry and with that command served until the close of the war.  He then returned home and read law and practiced at Lebanon until 1873.

November 21, 1872, Miss Lettie Cannon, a native of Bedford County, became his wife.  To this Union were born two children:  Robert E., and Mary L., both living.  In 1873 they moved upon the place where they now reside, which is about six miles northeast of Shelbyville.  The farm consists of 820 acres, all under a good state of cultivation.  In connection with farming Mr. Thompson has run a distillery for the last three years.  In politics he is a stanch Democrat.

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COMER, John Jackson

JOHN JACKSON COMER. Samuel COMER was a native of England and came to the United States with his wife (formerly a Miss RANDOLPH), a short time before the Revolutionary War and settled in Virginia. He served in the war against the mother country, and was subsequently killed by the Tories. Reuben D. COMER, son of Samuel COMER, was raised by a man named Abner LEA, of Johnson County, N. C. He married a daughter of Thomas WRIGHT, who came from England to South Carolina. Her parents died when she was an infant, and she was raised by Col. Elliott LEE. After her marriage with Mr. COMER they came to Wilson County, Tenn., and became the parents of five sons and two daughters.

John Jackson COMER, the subject of this sketch, was the fourth of their children and was reared on a farm and had charge of his father’s mill and cotton gin. His early education was limited, never having attended school after attaining his fifteenth year. About this time he professed religion. A short time after he began learning the blacksmith business of the Rev. D. B. MOORE, with whom he lived three years. His father at this time moved to Warren County, Tenn., and there our subject worked at his trade. He was happily married to Miss Martha P. PARKER.

In 1845 he was licensed to preach, and in 1853 was received in to the Tennessee Annual Conference, and he has followed his calling in Hickory Creek, Bedford, Smith Fork, Mill Creek, Harpeth, Wesley and Carthage. He was appointed presiding elder of the following districts: Carthage, McMinnville, Savannah and Centerville. At the last conference he was appointed to the Unionville Circuit. In 1880 Mrs. COMER died, and after living a lonely life two years, Rev. COMER married Miss Ella LACRE. His first marriage resulted in four children: Sophronia A. (Mrs. J. P. WALTON), Nannie J. (Mrs. Prof. S. V. WALL), John B., Moltie P. (died in 1880, wife of J. S. KETON). Rev. COMER is now past sixty years of age, but hopes to continue his good work many years. He is much loved and respected by all who know him and is an influential man where he resides.

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McKNIGHT, Caleb

Caleb McKNIGHT, a prominent citizen and farmer of the Sixth District of Chester County, was born in Wilson County, Tenn., in 1820, and is one of a family of nine children, three of whom are living. His parents, William and Rhoda (Kissee) McKNIGHT, are both natives of South Carolina. The father was born in September, 1773; was married in his native State and came to Wilson County. Tenn., a few years afterward, where he remained until 1823. He then moved to Madison County. He was a tiller of the soil and died in 1857. The mother was born in March, 1774, and died in 1854.

Our subject received his education in the district schools near home, and December 29,1839, he married Elizabeth HARDAGE, a native of Middle Tennessee, born in 1818, and the daughter of Zachariah and Margaret HARDAGE, early settlers of Madison County. Seven children were the result of our subject’s marriage, all of whom are deceased. In 1839 Mr. McKNIGHT located where be now resides. He is a Democrat in politics and a member of the Masonic fraternity. He and Mrs. McKNIGHT are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Thirty-first Tennessee Infantry, and was captain of the same, the colonel being R. H. BRADFORD. He remained out some time and was obliged to return home on account of ill health.

 

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CASON, C.M.

Col. C. M. CASON, present register of Chester County, Tenn., was born near Henderson, Tenn., in 1827, and is one of a family of five children, four of whom are living, born to the union of William and Mary (McKnight) CASON. The father was born in South Carolina in 1804, and came to Middle Tennessee with his parents when but an infant. They located in Wilson County and remained there until 1826 when William came to West Tennessee, and located near Henderson, being one of its first settlers; he was a farmer by occupation and filled the position of constable for many years. He was also deputy sheriff, and is now a resident of Henderson. His wife was born in Wilson County about 1804, and died in February, 1885.

Our subject was reared at home and received his education in the district schools. In 1850 he married Mary H. BARBAM, a native of Hardin County, born in 1829, and a daughter of John BARBAM. By their union they have eight children: W. T., circuit court clerk of this county; John B., hardware merchant and salesman; R. E., wife of Prof. J. B. INMAN; Susie. J. R., B. P., D. K. and J. E. In 1848 Mr. Cason engaged in the mercantile business at Montezuma and continued at this until about 1871. He has also been engaged in business at Henderson since 1867. At the organization of the county he was elected register of the same and was re-elected at the last election. He is a Democrat in politics, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1861 Mr. Cason enlisted in the Thirty-first Regiment, Tennessee Infantry (Confederate Army), under Col. BRADFORD of Brownsville, Tenn., and was himself captain of the company. He remained in active duty for some time, but, on account of ill health was obliged to leave the service. He returned home in 1863.

 

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Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present ; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Henderson, Chester, McNairy, Decatur, and Hardin Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville, TN: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.

HOUSTON, W.C.

Hon. W.C. Houston, of the firm of Jones & Houston, attorneys at law, residing at Woodbury,Tenn., is a native of Bedford County, having been born there March 17, 1852. He is the son of William and Elizabeth Clay (Morgan) Houston. The former was a native of Iredell County, N.C., born in 1821, and came to Tennessee about 1835. He located in Bedford County, where he lived the rest of his days. He was a planter and a very successful business man. His death occurred in March, 1853. His wife was born in Rutherford County, March 10, 1822. She was first married to Newton Clark, of Bedford County, whom she survived; afterward married William Houston, and some time after his death married Benjamin Fugett, of Cannon County, who is now deceased.

The subject of this sketch received his education mostly at Woodbury. At the age of twenty-two he took charge of the Woodbury Press, and continued editor and proprietor two years. In 1876 he was chosen representative in the Legislature from Cannon and Coffee Counties. On his retirement from this position he devoted himself to his farm and to the study of the law until 1879, when he was admitted to the bar. In 1880 he was again elected to the Legislature, and in 1882 he was again re-elected. At the session which convened in 1883 he was appointed chairman of the committee on finance. While occupying his seat in the Legislature he took a very active and prominent part in the settlement of the State debt question. From 1882 to 1884 he was a member of the State Democratic executive committee.

In November, 1878, he was married to Miss Lura Kittrell, daughter of Maj. M.B. Kittrell, of Rutherford County. She is a native of Wilson County, and was born March 22, 1859. By their marriage they have two sons: Frank, born July 4, 1882, and William, born March 19, 1884. Mr. Houston has a half-sister, formerly Hattie Clark, now wife of Hon. William Barton; and also half-brother, Simpson Fugitt, both of whom are residents of Cannon County. The law firm of Jones & Houston was formed in 1886, and is universally considered the strongest in the country, both members being men of high honor and marked ability. Mr. Houston is an ardent and enthusiastic Democrat, and both himself and his wife are members of the Christian Church.


Source: Goodspeed Pub. Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of the Counties of White, Warren, Coffee, DeKalb, and Cannon, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.