HEAD, John R.

John R. Head, of the firm of Head & Montgomery, liverymen of Brownsville, was born in Murfreesboro, Tenn., March 27, 1844, son , of John R. and Eliza J. (Thomson) Head, of Mississippi and Tennessee respectively.

Our subject was reared on a farm and educated in the common schools. In 1863 he went to West Tennessee and engaged in stock business until 1870, when he began keeping a livery stable. He has met with fair success in all his undertakings, and as he started in life with nothing but what nature bestowed upon him, deserves much credit for his success. He owns considerable property in Brownsville, and in his political views affiliates with the Democratic party. He belongs to the K. of P. fraternity.


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HAYWOOD, James G.

James G. Haywood, M. D., of Brownsville, Tenn., was born in Davidson County, Tenn., June 1, 1826, being a son of Thomas and Susan (Glasgow) Haywood, and a grandson of the gifted Judge John Haywood. Our subject’s parents were both natives of North Carolina.

James G. was reared in his native county until his fifteenth year, when he went to New Orleans and engaged as clerk in the mercantile business. He received a good literary education from his father in youthful days. In 1845 he came to Brownsville and began the study of medicine under his uncle, Dr. Egbert Haywood, and later attended the medical department of the University of Louisville, where he took a course of lectures. In 1847 he engaged in the practice of his profession in this county at Woodville. One year later he became a partner with Dr. A. J. Barbee in the county, and in 1850 engaged in practice in Brownsville, but some two or three years later removed to the country and did not return to town until 1867, since which time he has been engaged continuously in practice here, having acquired a large and lucrative practice and met with more than ordinary and well deserved success – In 1862 the Doctor raised a company of Cavalry from this and Lauderdale Counties and participated in the late war as captain of Company M, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, from the spring of 1862 to January, 1863.

January 30, 1856, the Doctor married Miss Harriett B. Read, a native of North Carolina, who died January 25, 1871. To them were born eight children, four now living: Mary G., the wife of H. M. Stone, of this county; James G., a practicing physician in Dakota, being in the employ of the United States Government; Alfred R., a graduate of the Memphis Hospital Medical College and a partner of his father, and Wm. Henry.

Dr. Haywood was a Democrat in politics, before and since the war, but belonged to the Douglas faction of the party before the war, and was strongly opposed to the war of the States, but after that sanguinary struggle came on, naturally espoused the Southern cause. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, in which faith his wife died. Dr. Haywood has always taken an active part and interest in laudable public and private enterprises of the county; is an ancient Mason and justly recognized as an enterprising and reliable citizen of the county, and a medical practitioner of experience and ability.


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HAYWOOD, John

John Haywood, M. D., a retired physician of Haywood County, was born in Madison County, Ala., April 7, 1820, and was the son of Thomas J. and Susan C. (Glasgow) Haywood. His father was born in Orange County, N. C., in 1797, and in early life came with his parents to Davidson County, Tenn., and in a few years moved to Madison County, Ala., but in four years returned to Davidson County, where he died in December, 1868. The mother was a native of East Tennessee, born in 1799 and died in 1884. She was a woman of fine intelligence, and had received good advantages. Our subject came of an illustrious family; his father and grandfather were both lawyers of great fame; his father assisted Hon. Robert L. Cobb in the first revision of the statutes of Tennessee, and his grandfather, Judge John Haywood, was at one time one of the judges of the supreme court of Tennessee.

Our subject is the second of eleven children. After completing his collegiate education he went, in 1843, to the medical university of New York. After finishing the course he returned home and commenced the practice of medicine, but in two years moved to Haywood County, where he established a very extensive practice and was Recognized as one of the most able physicians in West Tennessee. Dr. Haywood also practiced several years in Brownsville, and did faithful service during the fearful scourge of yellow fever there in 1878. June 25, 1879, he married Mrs. Elizabeth Boyce, whose maiden name was Reid. She died in 1883. Dr. Haywood is a Democrat and is well known as one over the county and state. He is said to be the best informed man in constitutional law in the county, and has written several able articles on the subject for the press. He is not a member of any church, but inclines to the Episcopalian.


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HARVEY, M.P. (Dr.)

Dr. M. P. Harvey, a physician, residing in the Eighth District, was born in Westmoreland County, Va., July 17, 1830, and was one of four children born to J. P. and Pannie (Dishman) Harvey. Dr. Harvey’s father was born in same county October 4, 1804; was a farmer and prominent man; he was State Senator in Virginia for many years. and died March 29, 1862. His mother was a Virginian, born February, 1808, and died in 1841.

Dr. Harvey was educated at Richmond, Va., graduating in 1849, and soon after commenced the study of medicine under Dr. W. P. McKenney, at Montrose, Va., and a year and a half later entered the medical college at Richmond, and graduated in 1856 then located at Oak Grove, Va. April, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Ninth Virginia Cavalry, and participated in the battles of Manassas, Fredericksburg, Charlottesville, Wilderness and Appomattox, and had seven days of fighting around Richmond, Gettysburg and Petersburg, and surrendered at Appomattox.

In 1866 Dr. Harvey moved to Haywood County, where he has had a large practice. He is a Democrat; cast his first presidential vote for Pierce; is a Mason and a member of the Methodist Church and the Haywood County Medical Association. Dr. Harvey is finely educated and is popular both as a man and a physician.


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HARALSON, Robert W.

Robert W. Haralson, a citizen and energetic farmer of Haywood County, was born in the county August 20, 1845, and is the son of William H. and Isabella (McCulloch) Haralson. The father was a native of North Carolina, born in 1804 and died January 11, 1856. In early life be was engaged in the mercantile business at Ashport and Randolph, Tenn., and several years afterward engaged in steamboating on the Mississippi River, first in the capacity of clerk, then as captain. In 1847 he settled in Haywood County and spent the remainder of his life farming. The mother of our subject was born in Ireland, July 29, 1813, and came with her parents to this country when small; she died May 4, 1885.

Robert W. Haralson had good educational advantages, and has since boyhood given his attention to farming; in addition to this he runs a grist and saw-mill and is a man of untiring industry, making a success of both his farm and mill. December 15, 1869, he was married to Sarah J. BARCROFT, a native of Haywood County; they had nine children – six sons and three daughters – three of them are dead. He is a Democrat and with his wife belongs to the Methodist Church; he has served as steward for several years. Mrs. Haralson is a woman of fine intelligence, and exerts a good Influence in the community in which she lives.


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HALLIBURTON, A.J. (Major)

Maj. A. J. Halliburton, a farmer and valuable citizen of the Tenth District, was born in Humphreys County, in 1814, being one of two children born to Charles A. and Jerusha Halliburton. His grandfather was born in North Carolina in l747, and lived to be seventy-three years old; he was a major in the war of 1812. The father was born in North Carolina, July, 1793; his parents came to Nashville in 1796, then moved to Dickson County, then to Humphreys; he was also in the war of 1812 and died shortly after the battle of New Orleans, March 6, 1815. A. J. Halliburton’s mother was born in Wake County, North Carolina, in 1795, and died October 16, 1882.

Maj. Halliburton married Nancy J., daughter of F. C. and Laura (Duke) Wells. She was born in Kentucky in 1827. They have lived on their present farm since 1848, Maj. Halliburton owning 740 acres of well improved land. In early manhood he taught school for ten years; he is a man of fine business capacity and has met with marked success, and is regarded as a valuable citizen of the county. He held the office of constable until he resigned, and belongs to the Masons and the I. O. O. F., and with his wife belongs to the Missionary Baptist Church. He has been a member of the church at Woodville for forty-nine years.


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GILLESPIE, James H. (Rev.)

Rev. James H. GILLESPIE, a devout minister, and a prominent citizen of Brownsville, Tenn., was born in Blount County, Tenn., August 10. 1804. His parents were Robert and Elizabeth (HOUSTON) Gillespie, and were natives of Virginia. Rev. James Gillespie in early life was engaged with his father in the manufacturing business. In 1825 he graduated at the East Tennessee College, located at Knoxville, Tenn., at that time. He then went to Alabama and engaged in the mercantile business, but in 1827 he entered the theological college at Princeton, J. J., and prepared himself of the university, graduating from there in 1830, and the same year was licensed to preach. In 1831 he was ordained pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Somerville, Ala. He remained there until 1838, when he moved to Franklin County, Ala., where he took charge of the school and filled the pulpit of the Presbyterian Church until 1842.

In 1843 he moved to Denmark , Tenn., and was pastor in the Presbyterian Church until 1868, when he was called to fill the pulpit of Presbyterian Church at Brownsville, remaining in charge until 1872. Since then Mr. Gillespie has been engaged in evangelical work in various churches. He has been an earnest worker in the church, and is perhaps the oldest minister in West Tennessee. October, 1830, Mr. Gillespie married Abigail C. ELLIS, daughter of Col. Samuel and Pricilla ELLIS, of New Jersey. They had three sons and two daughters: Mary, William F. (A minister in Texas), James E., Robert A. (deceased; he was also a minister) and Martha L. Mr. Gillespie is a member of the F. & A. M. and of the I. O. O. F. In politics was formerly a Whig, but is now a Democrat. He has lived a long and useful, and is a consecrated man.


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ESTES, A. Carey

A. Carey ESTES, attorney at law of Brownsville, Tenn., and a native of Haywood County, was born Jun 17, 1849, son of Moreau P. and Mary Quarles NOEL Estes, who were both native Virginians.

Subject was educated in the University of Virginia, in which institution he read law and graduated from the legal department in 1871. He was admitted to the Brownsville bar in the fall of the same year and has been employed in the practice of his profession continuously ever since, having met with good and well deserved success.

November 6, 1872, he married Miss Nora P. MANN, of this county and four living children resulted from this union, viz.: Fredonia, Carey, Jefferson M. and Nora P. Mr. Estes is a Democrat in politics, and has taken an active part in the political affairs of the county; was city attorney of Brownsville a number of years. In 1863 he enlisted as a private in Company D, Seventh Tennessee Cavalry, and served as such in the Confederate Army until close of the war. Himself and wife are member of the Baptist Church, in which he is a deacon. Mr. Estes is recognized as one among the public spirited and reliable citizens of the county, and a legal practitioner of ability and experience.


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DUPREE, William W.

William W. DUPREE, farmer, citizen and native of Haywood County, was born August 15, 1839, and is the son of Donaldson R. and Mary E. (CLEMENTS) Dupree. The father was a native of Alabama, born near Huntsville in 1813, and came to Haywood County in about 1831; he first owned a mill, but afterward farmed very successfully, and died in November 1871. The mother was a Virginian and came with her parents to this county about 1819, and died in 1843. Mr. Dupree, Sr., was married twice; he had three children by his first marriage, and five by his second, his first wife being the mother of William W.

Our subject, by his own efforts, secured at his father’s fireside a good education, and all of his life has been a reading man; he owns and lives at the old homestead, and has been more than usually successful at farming. In his political views he is a sound Democrat. When fourteen years old he joined the Methodist Church, and has since been a very useful member; he prays in public and fills the office of steward in the church. January 12, 1861, he married Miss Sarah F. NOLAN, who was born in Haywood County, October 8, 1844; six sons and three daughters have blessed this marriage.


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DUCKWORTH, Alexander (Captain)

Capt. Alexander DUCKWORTH, clerk and master of the chancery court of Brownsville, Tenn., and native of Haywood County, was born March 16, 1832, son of William W. and Mary M. (ALEXANDER) Duckworth, natives respectively of South and North Carolina. Robert W. Duckworth, the Captain’s grandfather, came with his family to Tennessee from North Carolina early in the twenties, and settled near Knoxville. He settled in Madison County, and in, or before, 1830, located in Haywood County, where he died. Here William W. was married and settled. He raised a family of nine children — three sons and one daughter now living: William L., Thomas N., Martha A. (widow of C. F. SMITH), and Alexander who is the eldest. The father died April 8, 1859, followed by the mother’s death the following day.

Capt. Duckworth’s boyhood days were spent in his native county, where he secured a good academical education chiefly by his own exertions. He prepared himself for teaching, and followed that profession until 1859, then began managing his father’s farm. Here he resided until 1862, then joined the Confederate Army, serving as lieutenant and afterward as captain of Company L., Seventh Regiment Tennessee Cavalry, and was seriously wounded in the right arm in a cavalry skirmish at Collierville, Tenn., and has never fully recovered. Capt. Duckworth served with distinction until the close of the war, then returned home and resumed farming and teaching, and resumed the study of law which he had begun in 1858. In 1867 he came to Brownsville and engaged in the study, and later the practice of law.

November 14, 1870, he was appointed clerk and master of the chancery court, of Haywood County by Chancellor James Fentress and held the position continuously under the various chancellors to the present time. He has always been an unswerving Democrat in politics and has taken an active part in the local campaigns of the county. He is a Royal Arch Mason and has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1846.


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