Henry H. FRIAR, farmer and merchant, was born near Tazewell, July 4, 1840, the son of Thomas and Nancy Richardson FRIAR, natives of Kentucky and this county, respectively, the former born in 1807, and the latter deceased in this county in 1847. The father is a mechanic and stone mason, as well as a farmer, and is a Republican, and Missionary Baptist.
Our subject, one of a large family, was fairly educated, and first earned $9 a month as a farm hand, in 1861. In 1863 in Kentucky, he joined Company F, Eighth Tennessee Federal Cavalry, as first sergeant, and in May, 1864, became first lieutenant. In 1865 he returned and became a grocer at Tazewell, for two years. January 20, 1867, Minerva McVAY became his wife. He then farmed, but in the fall bought a farm on which he lived twelve years. Since then he has lived at his present place, where in 1880 he opened a general store with his farming and stock dealing. His farm embraces 400 acres. He is a Republican, and his wife and three children, with himself, are Missionary Baptists. He favors Prohibition.
Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-Five to Thirty Counties of East Tennessee. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887.