SUTTON, William B.

WILLIAM B. SUTTON, farmer, was born in Bedford County, Tenn., July 12, 1834, son of John and Elizabeth (Harris) Sutton, and of English-Scotch descent.  (For further particulars of parents see sketch of Walter Finley Sutton.)  Our subject received his preparatory education at Triune, Williamson Co., Tenn., under Prof. E. B. Crocker, and completed at the Union University, Murfreesboro, Tenn.  For several years prior to the war he was engaged in the mercantile business as salesman.  When the war broke out he enlisted in the Confederate Army and was assigned duty under Maj. James F. Cummings, commissary for the Confederate Army, with headquarters at Atlanta, Ga.  Here he remained until the close of the war.

Our subject has been married twice; the first marriage occurred July 10, 1860, to Miss Kate Suttle, daughter of Richard Suttle.  To this union were born two sons:  John L., born August 1, 1865, and Ernest, born January 29, 1875.  The second marriage occurred November 17, 1885, to Miss Elizabeth Alexander.  Mr. Sutton is a thorough Democrat, an Odd Fellow, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  He bas 665 acres of land, 400 of which are in a fine state of cultivation.  He gives considerable attention to the raising of live-stock.

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.

SUTTON, Walter Finley

WALTER FINLEY SUTTON, a resident of the Fourth District, Bedford Co., Tenn., born in the district in which he now resides, November 25, 1840, son of John and Elizabeth A. (Harris) Sutton, and is of English-Scotch descent.  His father was born in Prince William County, Va., March 5, 1775, and died August 5, 1855.  His mother was born in Bedford County, Tenn., in 1818, and died in the same county in 1879.  His father was married twice, the second time to the mother of our subject, Miss Elizabeth Harris, a relative of Gov. Harris, of Tennessee.

Our subject received a common school education, and has followed farming as his chief occupation.  He enlisted in the Confederate service in the Twenty-third Tennessee Infantry and was afterward transferred to the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry, where he served three years.  He was in the battle of Stone River, Chickamauga, besides various cavalry skirmishes during the Georgia campaign, and was finally discharged at Atlanta just prior to the general surrender.  In the fall of 1865 Mr. Sutton was elected magistrate of his district, which position he has held ever since.  December 27, 1858, he was married to Miss Bettie Hicks, of Bedford County, Tenn., born March 13, 1842, and to this union was born one child, William, whose birth occurred October 8, 1868.

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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.

BLACKBURN, William

WILLIAM BLACKBURN, a well-to-do citizen of this county, was born in Tennessee May 30, 1831. His parents, Robert and Lucy (Ferguson) BLACKBURN, were born in the Old Dominion February 5, 1796, and June 25, 1799, and died December 28, 1874, and September 6, 1865, respectively. They were married in 1818, and to their union were born five daughters and two sons. Three of the children are yet living.

Our subject has spent the greater part of his life on a farm and has followed farming from early boyhood. In 1859 his marriage to May M. SUTTON was celebrated. She was born in Tennessee December 1, 1840, and is the daughter of John and Jane (Marr) SUTTON. Mr. and Mrs. BLACKBURN have four children born to their union, as follows: Lucy J., born March 4, 1860; Elizabeth, born December 20, 1861; John born June 13, 1864, died May 5, 1883; and Martha, born November 28, 1866.

Our subject’s farm consists of 270 acres of good land. He deals quite extensively in tobacco, and although he began life a poor boy, he has accumulated considerable property. He has been a member of the Baptist Church for twenty years and his wife for over thirty years. In politics Mr. BLACKBURN is neutral.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

Source: 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.