J. C. READ was born February 3, 1859, in this State.  He is the son of G. W. and Eliza (Brooks) Read.  (For further particulars of parents see sketch of G. W. Read.)  Our subject was reared on the farm and assisted his father until he was twenty-two years of age.  In 1882 and 1883 he was sight seeing, traveling over Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Mississippi, Alabama and Kentucky.  Upon returning home he engaged in agricultural pursuits and this he continued until 1885 at which time he engaged in the merchandising business at Center Grove, in partnership with his brother, W. L. Read.

December 18, 1881, our subject wedded Callie J. Bullock, of this county, and to them were born three children:  Richard L., Robert A. and George W.  Mr. Read is an energetic and active young business man, and has the power and determination to make his mark in the world.  Politically he is a Democrat.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford & Marshall Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Reminescences [Sic], Observations, Etc., Etc. Easley, S.C.: Southern Historical Press, 1988.