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.


F. P. TOOF, manufacturer of cotton goods, Rockford, Blount Co., Tenn., was born April 2, 1857, in Salisbury, Litchfield Co., Conn., and when nine years old moved to Slatersville, R. I. He worked in various cotton factories throughout New England until nineteen years of age. He then went to Nashville, Tenn., and became overseer of several factories there. In the spring of 1880 he went to Atlanta and had the supervision of the Atlanta Cotton Mills’ weaving department, when he then bought a half interest in the Rockford Cotton Mills, in partnership with H. M. WILSON, of Knoxville, under the firm name of F. P. TOOF & Co. Since March, 1887, he has been sole owner. He has more than doubled the capacity of the mills and increased their business.

February 18, 1880, he married Mary WHITE, of Nashville since her infancy, but born in Cincinnati, Ohio. Their children are Edward and Catherine E. Mrs. TOOF is a Catholic, and of Italian descent, while our subject’s ancestors are of Holland stock, and have been residents of New York State for over two centuries. He is a Knight of Pythias and a Mason. He is a self-made man, who has educated himself by home reading and study. He began work, when nine years old, in the famous Forestdale Manufacturing Company’s factory at Slatersville, R. I., and he has gained his all by his own energetic efforts and abilities. He is a staunch Democrat, so reared from the cradle. He was made postmaster in the fall of 1885.

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.