TUNE, Kester L.

KESTER L. TUNE, farmer, of Bedford County, Tenn., was born in this State December 6, 1829.  His parents, John and Mary (Cooper) Tune, were born in Virginia and Tennessee in 1791 and 1797, respectively.  They were married September 12, 1816, and fifteen children were born to their union.  The mother died in August, 1853, and the father in 1881.  After attaining his majority our subject began the battle of life on his own responsibility, and by industry and economy became the possessor of 465 acres of well cultivated and fertile land.  He gives considerable attention to stock trading also.

September 1, 1858, he was united in marriage to M. C. Wells, born May 8, 1838, and died January 13, 1862, having borne two children:  Joseph E., born April 27, 1860, and died November 1, 1861, and Susan E., born October 13, 1861.  For his second wife Mr. Tune married Eliza J. Landers, born October 19, 1835.  They have three children:  Thomas O., born December 29, 1865; John C., born November 14, 1868; and William S., born March 28,  1872.  Mrs. Tune’s parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Thomas) Landers, who were born in North Carolina and Tennessee in 1812 and 1814, respectively.  They were married December 20, 1834, and became the parents of twelve children — eight daughters and four sons.  The father died May 5, 1879.  Mr. Tune’s first wife was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.  His present wife is a member of the Methodist Protestant Church.  Mr. Tune was a Whig until the death of that party; and since that time has been identified with the Republican party.

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.