RYALL Sr., Thomas C.

THOMAS C. RYALL, SR., a prominent retired citizen of Bedford County, was born April 19, 1809, in Trenton N. J., his parents being natives of New Jersey, and of English descent.  He read law and at the age of twenty-one began the practice of that profession, which he continued in New Jersey for five or six years.  He then, on account of his health, accepted an offer from Post Capt. David Deacon, United States Navy, who was ordered to command of the United States Frigate “Brandywine,” to accompany him on a cruise three years to the Pacific Coast.  In this expedition he served as captain’s clerk, judge advocate on court martial and officiated pro tempore as secretary to Com. Wadsworth, the commander of the squadron.  On his return, in reward for his services, he was presented with a written request signed by all the officers of the squadron to the proper authorities, to procure a partnership in the naval service, but in New Jersey he met Miss Elizabeth Scudder, of Nashville, and granddaughter of Dr. John Scudder, the famous East Indian missionary.  He soon came to Nashville and married her.

He has ever since lived in Tennessee and followed farming until about 1880, when, on account of his age, he retired from active business life.  He owns about 800 acres of land and a very fine fruit orchard.  Mr. Ryall’s married life was blessed in the births of nine children; six of whom are living, viz.:  Johnston S., a farmer and merchant in Alabama; Dr. A. P. Ryall, a physician, of this county; Walter, growing oranges in Florida; Thomas C., merchandise broker, of Shelbyville; Henry C., lumberman, of Shelbyville; and Juliet, wife of Brom R. Whitthorne, cashier of the National Bank of Shelbyville.  Mrs. Ryall departed this life August 13, 1857.  Politically, Mr. Ryall was a Whig, but is now a Democrat.  He is now one of the prominent and highly respected citizens of the county.

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.

RYALL, Albert P.

ALBERT P. RYALL, M. D., son of Thomas C. and Elizabeth (Scudder) Ryall, was born March 30, 1840.  His father was a native of New Jersey, born in April, 1809.  Eight children were born to him, viz.: Johnston S., Albert P., Walter S., Thomas, Henry C., Elizabeth R. (deceased), Juliet S. and William (deceased). Mrs. Elizabeth Ryall died in August, 1856.  She was a worthy member of the Episcopal Church.  Thomas C. Ryall, our subject’s father, had the advantage of a good education, and in early life began the study of law.  He entered the law school at Trenton, N. J., and graduated from that institution.  He then began the practice of law at Freeholm, N. J., but remained there but a short time, as his health was failing.  He then traveled extensively in South America, and is now living in Bedford County, and is one of its most highly respected citizens.

Our subject had the advantage of a good education in Shelbyville, and in 1860 began the study of medicine.  The war coming on broke into his studies, as he enlisted in the Confederate Army in the Twenty-sixth Tennessee Regiment, and was assistant surgeon of that regiment, which position he held thirteen months. He was then assigned surgeon in the hospital at Montgomery. Ala., where he remained ten months.  From there he went to Columbus, Ga., in the same capacity.  After the war he returned to his county, and in 1865 entered the University of Pennsylvania, at Philadelphia, graduating with honors from that institution in 1867.  He then went to Augustine, Fla., and began the practice of medicine.  At the end of two years be came to Bedford County, and has been practicing his profession here ever since. He has an extensive practice, and is one of the progressive and leading men of the county.  He now owns a finely improved farm of 400 acres, find is quite successful in a financial sense.

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.