M. P. PICKLE was born August 24, 1838, in Farmington, Marshall Co., Tenn.  His father, Maj. Pickle, a native of Bedford County, was born in 1813, and was a successful farmer.  He died in March, 1862, in this county.  Our subject’s mother, Catherine Pickle, was born in Williamson County in 1813, and is still living at the advanced age of seventy-three.

Our subject remained with his parents on the farm until he was twenty years of age.  He then engaged in farming for himself.  In 1869 he engaged in the merchandise business in this county, which he continued for about six years.  He then moved his business to Rich Creek, Marshall County, where he sold goods for about two years, after which he sold his interest and again returned to agricultural pursuits, together with stock raising.  Since 1884 he has been engaged in the lumber business, shipping cedar lumber exclusively.

July 29, 1859,  he was married to Mary Ann Frances Atkisson, of this county, who was burn April 23, 1837.  This union resulted in the birth of nine children, two of whom, Andrew and Murry F., are dead.  The names of the seven living are, respectively, Major A., James M., George W., Sarah E., Henry J., Annie C. and Minerva P.

Our subject’s educational advantages were not of the best, consequently he received but a district school education.  Owing to this he has always felt a deep interest in all enterprises pertaining to the education of the rising, generation.  He and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which he was ordained deacon about 1868.  He has always been a peaceful, quiet man, and has never been summoned before the court for any misdemeanor whatever.  He is a Republican 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.