WHITE, Thomas A.

THOMAS A. WHITE, farmer, was born May 15, 1819, and is one of seven children born to the union of Thomas and Margaret (McGarrah) White.  The father was born in Jefferson County, Va., in 1780, immigrated to Tennessee and settled in Maury County.  He remained there until 1825 when he moved to Shelbyville and followed the hatter trade.  He also kept hotel in Shelbyville several years.  In 1801 he was married and became the father of these children:James R., Joseph, Elizabeth, Nancy, John, Susan and Thomas A.    Thomas White, Sr., and wife were worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  The  former died in 1846 and the latter in 1850.

The subject of this sketch was born in Columbia, Tenn., and is of Scotch-Irish descent.  He received a limited education in the Bedford County Schools, and in 1841 was married to Miss Ary A. Williams, a native of this county.  Five children blessed this union:  Mary, Robert, Isaac H., Margaret and Julia.  Three of these have died:  Robert, Margaret and Julia.  Mrs. White died in 1853, and in the same year Mr. White married Margaret Dryden, of Bedford County and to this union were born nine children:  Ary (deceased), Julia, Lula, Thomas C., William D., James L., Anna, Walter C. and SusanMr. White was a tailor for twenty years of his life but in 1853 turned his attention exclusively to farming.  He owns 200 acres of land, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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.

PARSONS, John W.

JOHN W. PARSONS is a son of George W. and Margaret (Fisher) Parsons (see G. W. Parsons for father’s sketch), and was born in Bedford County, Tenn., January 3, 1824, and has spent the greater part of his life on a farm.  At the age of twenty-two he left home and began the battle of life for himself, and by his energy and perseverance accumulated considerable property.  In 1846 he located on his present farm of 343 acres, and erected a neat residence.  He lost considerable property in the late war, but did not participate in that struggle.  October 6, 1846, he married Ruth C. Allison, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (White) Allison.  She was born August 12, 1818, and bore her husband the following children: George A., born in 1848; Robert, born in 1850; William C. born in 1853; Sarah J., born in 1854; Mary E., born in 1856 and died in 1873: Newton H., born in 1858.

June 20, 1881, Mrs. Parsons died, and Mr. Parsons then led to Hymen’s altar Catharine Sanders, daughter of Alexander and Jane (Robinson) Sanders, who were born in Kentucky and Tennessee, respectively.  Mrs. Parsons was born August 10, 1838 and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.  Mr. Parsons is a stanch supporter of Democracy.

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.

PARSONS, George W.

GEORGE  W. PARSONS was born in 1821 in the State of Tennessee.  His father, G. W. Parsons, was born in Virginia in 1788 and came to Tennessee in 1807, and here married our subject’s mother, Margaret Fisher, in 1809.  They became the parents of thirteen children — four daughters and nine sons.  The father was a farmer and millwright by trade, and served in the war of 1812.  He died in 1842 and the mother in 1854.

Our subject began farming for himself at the age of twenty years, and in 1843 purchased part of his present farm, which he has increased to 247 acres.  In 1857 he was elected justice of the peace of his district and held the office until 1870.  In 1882 he was again elected, and has held the office up to the present time.  He has been a director of the Shelbyville & Unionville Pike for the past twelve years, and is a stockholder in the same.  He is well known throughout the county and has been a member of the Lutheran Church since 1849.  He belongs to the Masonic lodge, No. 315, and in politics is an old Whig-Democrat.

He was married in 1843 to Elizabeth Allison, who was born in Tennessee in 1825 and is the daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (White) Allison.  To them were born these children: Mary F., born in 1844; Anna L., born in 1846; Michael F., born in 1850; William J., born in 1848 and died in 1866; Volney S., born in 1852; Sarah E., born in 1854; Cynthia J. born in 1856; John C., born in 1860; Safrone A., born in 1862; George N., born in 1865, and Bunie C. born in 1868.

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.

HANNA, J.T.

J. T. HANNA, proprietor of the Anchor Woolen Mills, Maryville, Tenn., was born in Jefferson County, Ind., in 1825, and reared in South Hanover, Ind. When fifteen years old he went to Pittsburg, Ind., where he learned his trade, and then started a woolen mill at Rochester, Ind. He left there after eighteen years, and engaged in the same business at Kankakee, Ill., for ten years. In 1875 he came to Maryville, Tenn., and under the firm name of HANNA & WATKINS began operating woolen and carding mills at the site of the Maryville Woolen Mills, and so continued until 1880, when he built his present mills. He is now manufacturing a line of general woolen goods, and consuming about 50,000 pounds of wool annually. His wife, Philora (TRUE), is a native of Indiana; she was born at Indianapolis, Ind. They have two sons and two daughters.

His father, Samuel HANNA, was born in Cumberland County, Penn., in May, 1777, and married Elizabeth WHITE, a native of the same place. He then moved to Ohio, and from there to Jefferson County, Ind. He afterward moved to Logansport, Ind., and laid out the HANNA addition to the town. He died there in 1840; the mother died at Kankakee, Ill., in 1872. Our subject is the fourth child of five sons and three daughters, two brothers and one sister of whom are living.

Source:  Goodspeed Publishing Co. History of Tennessee from the Earliest Time to the Present: Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-Five to Thirty Counties of East Tennessee. Chicago: Goodspeed, 1887.