STROUD, B.S.

B.S. STROUD, a prominent citizen of Manchester, and register of Coffee County, was born in Warren County, Tenn., February 14, 1854. He is the son of B.S. and Nancy (Winton) STROUD, the former born in 1825 in Warren County, and the latter February 2, 1826, in Coffee County. Their deaths occurred October 12, 1853, and June 4, 1869, respectively. After their marriage, about 1844, the elder STROUD was farming and shipping and trading in livestock. He was politically a Whig.

Our subject, one of four children, was educated at Manchester College, under Rev. W.D. CARNES. After four years’ prospecting in Texas and Arkansas, he returned to Manchester and engaged in the printing business, and soon bought a half interest in the Manchester Guardians.In the fall of 1878 he was made deputy clerk of chancery court, Coffee County. A year later, finishing an unexpired term of register, he was afterward elected to the office, serving two terms. December 17, 1879, he was married to Fannie POWERS, born September 13, 1860, in Manchester, and educated at the college there. Their son, Horace, was born March 20, 1881. Mr. STROUD is a Democrat.

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.

RICHARDSON, R.H.

R.H. RICHARDSON, merchant and a prominent citizen of Tullahoma, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., in November, 1846, the son of Thomas E. RICHARDSON, whose death occurred in Coffee County in 1850. When our subject was about six months old his parents moved to Coffee County, settling near Duck River in the Fourteenth District, where he was reared and attended the free schools. He finished his education at Manchester College.

January 1, 1868, he came to Tullahoma and entered a store as clerk, and in 1878 began business for himself, and has since conducted a successful general store. he was married in November, 1868, to D.D. ZELL, daughter of F.M. ZELL of Bedford County. To them three children have been born as follows: Linda M., born November 8, 1880; Warren W., December 31, 1882; Thomas E., born October 30, 1885. Mr. RICHARDSON is a member of the Masonic order and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. In 1881 he served as recorder of Tullahoma, and in 1882 and 1884 served on the board of aldermen of the same place. In politics he is a Republican.

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., W.P.

W.P. HICKERSON, Jr., was born in Manchester, October 20, 1850, the son of Judge William P. and Mary S. (Martin) HICKERSON, both of Scotch-Irish descent. The father, born in North Carolina, November 26, 1816, went when a child to Tennessee, and began life as a dry goods clerk at Manchester, and afterward read law under Col. Charles L. READY of Murfreesboro, and for a number of years was the leading lawyer of that section. For sixteen years he was judge at the Fifth District, and was appointed by Gov. MARKS as a judge of the State Arbitration Court. As a lawyer he was among the first in Tennessee. He died in Coffee County, of heart disease, April 18, 1882, and his wife just one year before. Both are buried in the old family graveyard near Manchester. He was a prominent Democrat in the State. The mother, born in Wilson County, Tenn., February 13, 1825, died April 17, 1881.

Our subject, the second of five children (two living), was educated chiefly at Manchester College, and then for ten months was a contractor in building the Illinois Central Railway, through West Tennessee, then known as the M.C. Railway. Afterward with an uncle, L.D. HICKERSON, he leased the McMinnville & Manchester, and the Winchester & Alabama Railways. Three years after he sold the lease to the Chattanooga Company, altogether a successful speculation. He then became conductor for the Chattanooga Company for a year, on the McMinnville & Manchester Railway. In 1879 he began the Stone Fort Paper Company’s Mills, in which he has since owned a half interest, and which are the largest mills south of the Ohio River, and the only mills in the State that make the wood pulp. On October 17, 1877, he married Ella, daughter of James C. RAMSEY, Esq., of McMinnville, and is a cultured lady. Their four children are William P., born July 2, 1878; Chisum R., February 23, 1880; Georgie M., January 26, 1882, and Nasion W., born March 31, 1884. His wife is a member of the Cumberland 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.