James G. AYDELOTT, a lawyer, and one of the most prominent citizens of Tullahoma, Tenn., was born in Hickman, Ky, November 3, 1845, and is the son of John D. and Sarah (Grizzard) AYDELOTT. The father was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1818, and died at Hickman, Ky., in 1852. The mother, born in Nashville, Tenn., in 1827, is the daughter of James GRIZZARD, the pioneer merchant of Tullahoma. When a small boy our subject removed with his mother to Tullahoma, where he has since resided. While a man of good education, his attendance at public school did not exceed three months altogether, having been taught entirely by his mother, who was a lady of fine education and more than ordinary attainments, educated as she was at the old Nashville Female Academy.

In 1860 our subject entered the store of J.B. WITHERBY as clerk, remaining there until the occupation of Tullahoma by Gen. BRAGG. He then entered the Confederate Army news depot, serving in that position until the Georgia campaign, when he went on duty at the headquarters of the Army of the Tennessee, where he remained until after the surrender in North Carolina, having been under Gens. JOHNSTON, BRAGG and HOOD. At the close of the war he returned home and occupied a position as clerk in the store of CRAIN & WITHERBY, being at the same time a member of the firm of AYDELOTT & STEVENS, manufacturers of harness, saddles, boots and shoes. In 1869 he entered into partnership with Joel WITHERBY in general merchandise, in which he was engaged until 1873, when the firm was dissolved by the retirement of the senior member to private life. He next became a member of the firm of AYDELOTT, DAVIDSON & Co., in 1875, but retired from the same in a few months. In 1876 he formed a copartnership with John P. BENNETT, and remained in the same until 1878. In 1880 he engaged in the lumber and produce business, continuing until 1883. For a year and a half he was actively engaged in developing coal mining in East Tennessee, in which he was largely interested, but in 1885 closed out the controlling interest, since when he has been devoted to his law practice and office work.

Mr. AYDELOTT is, and has been for eighteen years a member of the county court, member of the board of aldermen, mayor of Tullahoma, twice, four and five years each time, and recorder the same number of times. He has been for the past twenty years an active member of the I.O.O.F., being elected in 1884 Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee, and in 1885 was elected Grand Representative of the Grand Lodge of the Sovereign Grand Lodge, serving in that capacity at the session of the same at Boston, Mass., in 1886. His term of office will extend to and include the meeting of the Sovereign Grand Lodge in Denver, Col., in 1887. In 1886 he was elected Grand High Priest of the Grand Encampment, I.O.O.F., of Tennessee. He is also a member of the Tullahoma Lodge and Chapter F. & A.M., and of Tullahoma Lodge, A.O.U.W., representing the latter in the Grand Lodge of Tennessee. In politics he is a Democrat and belongs to the progressive Democracy of the new South; while having never asked for office, he has always taken an active part in politics,and has been a delegate to every county, congressional and State Convention held by his party in fifteen years. He is a director of the Nashville,Chattanooga & St. Louis Railway, also a director of the Tullahoma National Bank and is prominently connected with various other corporations.

Our subject was married March 20, 1872, to Sallie, daughter of George and Delilah (Troxler) CORTNER, of Bradford County, Tenn. She was born in 1851. To them have been born three children, as follows: George Cortner, born August 5, 1873; John Doak, December 6, 1875,and Jessie Mai, January 9, 1881. Mr. AYDELOTT is a member of the Episcopal, while his wife is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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CORTNER, Alexander

ALEXANDER CORTNER is a native Tennessean, born December 20, 1827, and of Swedish lineage. He has always resided on a farm and by his energy has accumulated 145 acres of land on which is erected a neat residence, and also has two other tracts of land, containing seventy-five acres. November 16, 1852, he was united in marriage to Mary E. LANDERS, who was born December 22, 1836, daughter of Robert and Susan (Carter) LANDERS.

To Mr. and Mrs. CORTNER were born the following children: Susan M., born March 23, 1854, and died April 4, 1878; Henry, born November 15, 1855, and died August 21, 1857; George R., born March 23, 1858; Letitia C., born January 24, 1860; Alexander F., born June 3, 1863; William L. born March 11, 1866; Victor H., born October 27, 1867; Roy E., born October 21, 1871; Albert E., born July 1, 1876, and Sarah E., born March 24, 1879, and died July 13, 1879. Mrs. Cortner died May 11, 1879. In 1862 Mr. CORTNER enlisted in the Confederate service under Gen. Forrest’s escort and was in many hotly contested battles.

He is a Democrat, and his parents, George and Delilah (Troxler) CORTNER, were born in North Carolina November 15, 1801, and October 6, 1807, respectively. They were married in 1823 and became the parents of four sons and seven daughters. The father died October 7, 1884, and the mother in 1871.

Transcribed by Kathryn Hopkins

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