TILLMAN, Lewis (Colonel)

COL. LEWIS TILLMAN (deceased) was born in Bedford County, August 18, 1816, being a son of John and Rachel P. (Martin) Tillman, natives of South Carolina.  Both parents immigrated to this county when young.  The father was born February 5, 1786, and came to Bedford County about 1810.  He was a farmer, and was one of the prominent early citizens of Bedford County.  He was a member of the State Legislature of Tennessee in 1820, but would never accept further political honor.  His death occurred October 3, 1854.  The mother was born May 16, 1789, and attained the age of ninety-two, dying in 1881.  Both the grandsires of our subject were soldiers of the Revolutionary war.

Col. Lewis Tillman was reared on a farm, and secured but a limited early education because of the rude accommodations of the schools in his boyhood.  At the age of twenty-five he married, and settled where he pursued farming till his death.  In 1836 he served in the Florida war in the campaign against the Creek and Seminole Indians.  He has held the commission of major, lieutenant-colonel and colonel in the Sixty-first regiment of State Militia of Tennessee.  From 1852 to 1860 he was clerk of the Circuit Court of Bedford County, and for a few years immediately following the war he was clerk and master of the Chancery Court of Bedford County.  Throughout the war he was a firm Union man.  In 1868 he was elected to represent the Fifth Congressional District of Tennessee in the Forty-first Congress of the United States of America, without any solicitation on his part.  Since then he never would accept any public office.

He was married, in 1840, to Mary Catharine Davidson, daughter of James Davidson, one of the early citizens of the county.  Mrs. Tillman’s mother is still living, aged eighty-two years.  Mrs. Tillman was born March 1, 1823.  Col. Tillman’s married life was blessed in the birth of eleven children, seven of whom are now living, viz.:  James D., a prominent attorney at Fayetteville; Lewis, a prominent attorney of Knoxville; Samuel E., professor of chemistry, mineralogy and geology in the West Point Academy, of New York; George N., United States marshal of the Middle District of Tennessee; Hattie A., residing with her mother; Edwin H., in the United States Naval service on the coast of Japan, and Abram M., a law student and clerk in the Internal Revenue Department at Washington, D. C.  Col. Lewis Tillman’s private and public career was one of unimpeached integrity, undismayed energy and unsurpassed hospitality.  The poor, especially, received bountifully from his hand, and no charitable institution went unaided by him.

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.

TILLMAN, B.M. (Capt.)

Capt. B. M. TILLMAN, a prominent citizen and farmer residing in the Sixth District, Chester County, was born, in Marshall County, Tenn., October 21, 1840, and is one of nine children born to the union of John and Nancy (Edwards) TILLMAN. Eight of these children are living; one. T. H. died while in. the Confederate service. The parents were both natives of North Carolina. The father was born in 1817, came to Tennessee when a young man, located in Marshall County, where he remained until about 1841. He then settled in Henderson County, and was a farmer and mechanic by occupation. He was a prominent citizen and died in 1866. The mother was born in 1818 and died in 1880:

Capt. B. M. received his education in the district schools near home and in the Montezuma Academy. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted in Company C, Fifty-second Tennessee Infantry, and occupied the position of orderly sergeant. After the consolidation of the Fifty-first and Fifty-second Regiments he was elected captain and took an active part in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and many minor engagements. He received three slight wounds at Chickamauga, and was once captured and held a prisoner for about four months. In the spring of 1864 he was assigned a special department, and July 4, 1865, returned home.

In 1866 he married Miss M. A. NEWSOM, a native of Marshall County. Ala., born in 1840, and the daughter of’ W. V. and Mahala NEWSOM. To our subject and wife were born two children: John V. and an infant. After the war Mr. TILLMAN located near where he now resides, and began farming, which occupation he has continued up to the present time. In 1872-73 he represented the people in the State Legislature, and was elected to the same position in 1876-77. In 1880 he was elected State senator of the Eighteenth Senatorial District, composed of five counties. Capt. TILLMAN is an active progressive man and one to take the lead in all public enterprises. A short time since he was admitted to the bar. Hie is a Democrat in politics and a member of the Grange order.


Transcribed by David Donahue

Source: History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present ; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Henderson, Chester, McNairy, Decatur, and Hardin Counties, Besides a Valuable Fund of Notes, Original Observations, Reminiscences, Etc., Etc. Nashville, TN: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1887.