J. F. ELLIOTT, a native of Rutherford County, Tenn., was born April 24, 1824, son of B. and R. (Freeman) Elliott. The father was born about 1784, in Virginia, and immigrated to Tennessee in about 1804. His death occurred in 1869. The mother was also a native of Virginia, and lived to be very old.
Our subject worked for his father on the farm till he was twenty years of age. He soon went to West Tennessee and engaged to agricultural pursuits. He remained there about ten years, after which he returned to Middle Tennessee and engaged in the same business. In 1961 he entered the Confederate Army, Forty-fifth Tennessee Infantry, under Capt. Lythle, and was discharged at Shiloh on account of bad health. After returning home he engaged in agricultural pursuits again. In 1867 or 1868 he moved to Kentucky and remained there but one year, after which he moved back to Tennessee and has lived there ever since. In 1846 he wedded Harriet C. Daniel, of Rutherford County. This union resulted in the birth of seven children: Tennessee, Rebecca C., James M., Sarah K., Josie, Albery J., and Harrriet L. Our subject is a good, substantial citizen and is so considered by his neighbors. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Elliott is a Democrat in politics.
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.