THOMPSON, John W.

JOHN W. THOMPSON, chairman of the county court of Bedford County, is a son of Newcom and Amy (Fisher) Thompson, natives of North Carolina.  The parents moved to this county in about 1809.  The father was a carpenter and he built the first houses of Shelbyville.  He afterward engaged in fanning two and one-half miles west of Shelbyville and there raised his family and became wealthy, but the war involved him.  He died in 1879 at the age of seventy-five.  The mother died at eighty-one, in 1886.

Our subject was born January 8, 1831, and was reared on a farm.  He remained with his parents till April, 1846, when he engaged at clerking in a store.  After several years he opened a family grocery trade which he continued until the war.  During the war he was engaged in the Adams Express office at Nashville.

In 1857 he was elected recorder of Shelbyville and held the office till 1866.  In that year he was elected register of Bedford County.  In 1868 he was appointed deputy circuit court clerk, which office he held till 1882.  He was elected magistrate in 1870, and in 1882 was elected chairman of the court.  He was mayor of Shelbyville from 1872 to 1877, having been an alderman for five years previous.  He was elected recorder of Shelbyville, in 1885, without his knowledge or consent, and now holds that office.

He was united in marriage, in December, 1849, to Miss M. J. Pannell; a native of this county  Five children have been born to this union, four of whom are now living.  For thirty years Mr. Thompson was a member of the I. O. O. F. He is now a member of the K. of H. and A. O. U. W. fraternities.

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.

RUTLEDGE & THOMPSON

RUTLEDGE & THOMPSON, dealers in a general line of groceries and provisions in Shelbyville, do a leading business in the town.  The firm is composed of John W. Rutledge, Jr., and Thomas L. ThompsonJohn W. Rutledge, Jr., was born July 20, 1860, being a son of John W. Rutledge, Sr.  He was married, December 26, 1884, to Katie Nease, the result of this union being one son, John H.  Mr. Rutledge is captain of the Shelbyville Hook and Ladder Company and an enterprising young business man.  Thomas L. Thompson was born August 4, 1850, to the marriage of Thomas Thompson and Tranquilla Stephens.  Both parents were natives of Bedford County, the mother being of North Carolina ancestry.  The father was a farmer and Thomas L. was reared on a farm. He was married, February 25, 1875, to Miss Eunice M. Rutledge, daughter of John W. Rutledge, Sr.  Four children have been born to this union, viz.: Thomas L., Mary A., John W. and Hiram S.  The firm of Rutledge & Thompson was established October 24, 1878.  They were burned out October 22, 1885, and are now preparing to build a commodious brick building.  They also deal in mules and fine horses.

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.