Jason RUSSELL, farmer, trader and timber dealer, was born in Union County, October 28, 1836, the son of Edward and Barbara (Graves) RUSSELL, the former of Irish stock, born in Botetourt County, Va., about 1797, and deceased in Union County, in 1856, and the latter of German origin, born in Randolph County, Va., about 1802, and still living. The father came to Union County when six years old, and was a blacksmith, but afterward a farmer. He was a major of militia, and a Democrat.

Our subject, the fourth of seven children, six now living, left home when twenty-one years of age, but farmed independently on his father’s farm until 1869, when he settled on his present farm, the gift of his father. He is a Methodist and a Democrat. June 17, 1858, he married Elizabeth, daughter of Jesse and Margaret Rogers, a native of this county, born September 27, 1837. She is a Methodist. Their children are Sarah A., Harriett, Jesse L., Emily F., William M., Edward F., John H., James C. and Horace L.

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.