WOOTEN, J.D.

J. D. WOOTON, M.D., a leading physician of Manchester, was born in Warren County,Tenn., April 5, 1840. He is the son of Jonathan and Nancy (Hampton) WOOTON, the former born in 1792 in North Carolina, and died in Warren County, in 1877; the latter born in 1802 in Kentucky, and died in February,1886. The elder WOOTON was a farmer, a soldier of the Revolution, and a consistent member of the Christian Church, while in political faith he was a Whig. His wife, a near relative of Gen. Wade HAMPTON, was a member of the Baptist Church.

Our subject, the youngest of six children, received, besides his early education, a course at Burritt College. He soon after sold goods for his brother-in-law, Dr. A.B. DAVIS, at what is now Viola. In 1859 he entered the medical department of the University of Nashville, and graduated before he reached his majority. He soon enlisted as second lieutenant in Company D, Thirty-fifth Tennessee Regiment Infantry, Confederate Army. He served as assistant surgeon, and acted as chief surgeon at various times. He acquired considerable reputation for skill in his long service, surrendering with Johnston at Greensboro, N.C. A hip-joint amputation of the leg of a comrade might be mentioned as an example of his skill and then confidence of his fellows. He located at Viola, and for fifteen years was one of the leading physicians of the county.

Since 1880 he has been equally successful in Manchester, engaging also in merchandising with a stock of $10,000, the care of his two plantations of 1,500 and 450 acres in Coffee and Warren Counties, the latter of which feeds a stock of about 100 young mules. He owns a half interest in the Duck River Paper Mills,the largest south of the Ohio River, and the only ones in Tennessee, that make wood pulp. He is a self-made man. July 20, 1865, he married Fannie HICKERSON, a cultured lady, daughter of Judge W.P. HICKERSON. They have two children: Wade H., aged seventeen, and Lillie, aged twenty. Mr. WOOTON is a believer in the Christian religion, though not a member of any church, while in political faith he is Democratic. Mrs. WOOTON is a member of the Christian Church.

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.

HICKERSON Jr., L.D.

L.D. HICKERSON, Jr., a prominent and progressive young citizen of Tullahoma, and cashier of the First National Bank of that place, was born five miles east of there January 31, 1861. He is the son of L.D. HICKERSON, Sr., president of the above bank, whose father, John HICKERSON, originally of North Carolina, founded one of the oldest and most respected families in this portion of the State.

Our subject was reared in Tullahoma, and, after attending the public schools, took a course at Burritt College, Spencer, Tenn., and later took a complete course at Goodman’s Business College at Nashville. Returning to Tullahoma he entered the saw-milling and contracting business in 1877, continuing at this until his election in 1885 as cashier of the bank. He is secretary and treasurer of the Caney Fork Coal & Iron Company, treasurer of Tullahoma, and is a member of the Tullahoma Lodge, K. of H., of which he is Vice-Dictator. In local politics he is a “Mugwump,” but in national affairs always supports the Republican nominees.

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.

DEAKINS, G.S.

G.S. DEAKINS, farmer, of the Thirteenth District of Coffee County, Tenn., was born in Marion County (now Sequatchie) Tenn., in 1832, and is the son of  William and Sarah (Richards) DEAKINS, natives of Tennessee. The father died in 1848 and the mother in 1836. Both were members of the Cumberland  Presbyterian Church. Reared on the farm with a common-school education, he also attended Burritt College at Spencer, Tenn., and later, Emory and Henry College of Virginia. Having entered the law school of Lebanon (Tenn.) University in 1860, the civil war caused him to enter the Confederate service, in Company H, Thirty-fifth Regiment of Infantry. After the war and a resident in his native county for some time, he went to Jasper, Tenn., where he was appointed clerk and master of the Chancery Court, holding this until his resignation four years later.

In 1884 he removed to Tullahoma, and after a year’s residence there, began farming. In 1860 he was married to Mary, daughter of Judge FRAZIER of Nashville. She died in 1863. In 1874 he married Mary A., daughter of F.A. LOCHMILLER, a native of Tennessee. They have two children: Vernie S., born February 8, 1875, and Fredrick T., born March 26, 1886. Both our subject and wife are members of the Old School Presbyterian Church.

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.