DOUGLAS, J.E.

J. E. DOUGLAS, a resident and farmer of the Second District, was born in 1829 in Wilson County, and is the son of Hon. Burchett Douglass, who was born October 6, 1793, and died July 31, 1849. He was one of the prominent politicians of his day; was a member of the Whig party, which he represented a number of times in the State Legislature, and was at one time speaker of the House. He was a very popular man, and during twenty years of public life never was defeated, and for many years he was president of the m\bank of Somerville, Fayette County.

Our subject’s mother was Martha McGEE, born in Wilson County; she was the daughter of Rev. John McGee. As his father was engaged so much in politics, J. E. Douglass remained on the farm until twenty-four years of age; he then went to Mississippi and farmed two years, when he returned and remained with his father until he died, when he bought a steam, grist and saw-mill near Memphis, which he ran until 1859, then came to his present farm, thirteen miles southwest of Brownsville, and three miles west of Dancyville, and engaged in the mill business, which he still continues.

Mr. Douglass was first married, in 1859, to Sarah F. PEWETT. The three children born to this marriage are dead. March 8, 1868, he married Mrs. Martha Phillips, a widow with one son — David C. Phillips. By this marriage were two children: Lena Lee, born in 1871, and Willis B., born in 1873. Dr. Douglass is a man trusted and esteemed by all, and is one of the most substantial citizens and business men of his county. In politics he is a Democrat.


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DAVIS, Jesse T.

Jesse T. Davis, an enterprising young farmer and citizen of Haywood County, was born in the county September 8, 1862, and is the son of John C. and Matilda L. (CORE) Davis. His father was twice married.

In 1853 he married Miss Martha CORE, who died two years after she was married, and in 1855 Mr. Davis married Miss Matilda CORE, a sister of his first wife. She was born in Haywood County in about 1845. Mr. and Mrs. Davis were both devout members of the Methodist Church, he being a steward in the same, and Mrs. Davis taking an active interest in the Sunday-school. Jesse T. Davis had fine opportunities for acquiring a good education. He was principally educated at the Vanderbilt University at Nashville. In 1881 he attended on session at Bryant & Stratton’s Commercial College, of Louisville, Ky., but decided to make farming his work, so when twenty-one years of age he settled on the old homestead, and has since given his time to the farm.

October 26, 1882, he married Miss Minnie S. SANGSTON, born in Haywood County, November 5, 1864, and they have a son and a daughter from this marriage. Mr. Davis is a Democrat, and a member of the Methodist Church, and is a justly popular young man. His father was a native of South Carolina, born in 1830.


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DANCY, John H.

John H. DANCY residing in the Second District of Haywood County, was born in October, 1831, in Williamson County, and is the son of Isaac Dancy, who was born August 7, 1783, in Virginia, but moved at an early date to Tennessee, locating at Spring Hill, and was captain of a militia company of Williamson and Maury Counties. He moved to Haywood County in 1831, and located on the farm where our subject now lives, and established a post office called Dancy, that was moved in 1841 to Dancyville, still retaining the name. The first Methodist Church in this part of Tennessee, was built about 200 yards from his dwelling, and was used as a schoolhouse.

John Dancy’s mother’s maiden named was Mary LAMB; she was born in Virginia, July 19, 1793, and died September 6, 1859. Our subject remained on the farm until his father’s death, in August 1863. February 27, 1856, he married Louisa KERR, daughter of Francis B. and Ann R. Kerr; the father was born February 27, 1801, in South Carolina, and died in Fayette County in 1885; her mother was born in Sumner County, and died August 30, 1873. Mrs. Dancy was born November 5, 1834, and they have ten children: John William, Mary F. (Wife of V. M. PATTON), Ella (wife of Absalom RUDD), Albert S., Alexander, Isaac Bradley, Lula, Lillie B., Emma R. and James H.

Mr. Dancy is worth about $7,000 which he as accumulated since the war. With his wife he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South; his educational advantages were limited when he was young, but he has always manifested a warm interest in the schools of the county. He is now a Democrat, but before the was an old-line Whig.


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CURRIE, Newton

Newton CURRIE, a prosperous farmer and citizen of the Sixth District of Haywood County, was born in the same county, January 15, 1837; he is the son of Washington and Annie (WALKER) Currie, who were natives of North Carolina; the father moved from that State to Haywood County, in 1832, the mother in 1834, and they were married in 1836. Our subject and daughters were the result of this union.

Newton Currie received a good education, and while still young, united with the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and is now an elder in the church. He entered the Confederate Army, enlisting in Company A, Sixth Tennessee Regiment, and shared many hard fought battles, and for gallant conduct was soon made first lieutenant. At the battle of Franklin, Tenn., he was severely wounded and was not able to enter active service again, remained with the army until the close of the war. Politically, Mr. Currie is a Democrat.

In 1865 he returned to his home in Haywood County, and in 1866 married Miss Malvina P. TALLY, who presides with grace and dignity over his elegant and hospitable home, both of them being quite popular in social circles.

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COX, Jesse K.

Jesse K. COX, an enterprising citizen and farmer of Haywood County, Tenn., was born in the same county, October 23, 1839, and is the son of Samuel and Bara (HAMMONS) Cox. The father was born in Missouri, March 7, 1779, and died November 27, 1878. The mother was born in 1810, and is still living. When our subject was an infant, his parents moved to Haywood County, and located four miles from Brownsville, where he was raised and educated, and has since farmed very successfully.

He is a Democrat, and while not connected with any church, is an earnest believer in the Christian religion. September 14, 1865, he married Mary M. MOORE, born in Haywood County, April 6, 1849. Five sons were born to this marriage: Alphier Berry (born September 16, 1866), Samuel G. (born November 20, 1868), William T. (born December 2, 1872), Ivie F. (born February G. (born February 16, 1875), and Lemuel B. (born July 18, 1877.) Ivie F. died May 6, 1876. Mr. Cox is a man of intelligence and integrity, and has the esteem and confidence of all who know him.

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COPPEDGE, William J.

William J. COPPEDGE, dealer in groceries and general merchandise at Stanton Depot, Haywood county, was born in Haywood County, November 27, 1856, and is the son of Thomas C. and Henrietta Coppedge, of the same county. Mr. Coppedge received a common-school education, and has always been a merchant. In 1884, he engaged in his present business, and has met with encouraging success, being regarded as one of the substantial business men of Stanton.

January 17, 1880, he married Nettie NELSON, they have had one son, William B., born September 15, 2883. Mr. and Mrs. Coppedge are leading members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Coppedge votes the Republican ticket, and he is a member of the K. of H.

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CLINTON, John

John CLINTON, postmaster at Brownsville, was born in Scotland, April 23, 1833, and is the son of John and Agnes (McCLURE) Clinton, of Gate House, Scotland. He was educated in Scotland, and when twelve years of age came to America and located at Brownsville, engaging in the tailoring business until 1861, when he abandoned business until the close of the war. In 1859, he married Susan BARCLAY, a daughter of James W. Barclay of Haywood County. Mrs. Clinton died in 1860, and in 1861 he married Emily R. Barclay, and to this marriage seven children were born — three daughters and four sons: John, Susan, Eva, Christiana, Charley, Alfred, Freeman and James Russell.

In 1865 Mr. Clinton was commissioned postmaster at Brownsville, and still has the office, having held it through every change of administration, and discharged the laborious duties connected with it in the most obliging and efficient manner. The children, John, Susan, Eva, Agnes, are members of the Presbyterian Church, in high standing. Mr. Clinton is a Republican, and a F. &. A. M., a K. O H., and also a member of the A. O. U. W. He is a man of strict integrity and clear judgment. Himself, wife and four children belong to the Presbyterian Church.

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CLARK, Mary (Reid)

Mrs. Mary (REID) CLARKE, an estimable lady, and resident of Haywood County, is a native of North Carolina, born in 1818. In 1840 she married Mr. Hugh M. Clarke, born in the same State, April 17, 1812. They soon after moved to Haywood County. Mr. Clarke had received splendid education advantages, and before twenty-one years of age he had taught several schools. They settled on a farm ten miles east of Brownsville and commenced farming, being very successful. For a number of years after marriage he continued to teach; his worth and ability as an educator was recognized in a new county, and the earnest solicitation of his friends kept him constantly in the school room. In 1845 he was elected to the Legislature, as the Whig candidate from Haywood County, defeating Gen. Robert RICHARDSON, Democratic candidate. Mr. Clarke was an influential member of the Old School Presbyterian Church and contributed liberally to its support.

Mrs. Clarke has never remarried; she is the mother of seven children — four sons and one daughter living, a son and daughter dead: John A., born January 1, 1847; Hugh M., born October 26, 1849; Mary R., born November 29, 1851; William W., born December 11, 1853; Catharine A., born February 23, 1856; James H., January 12, 1860; Benjamin P., born February 16, 1861. Catharine died July, 1858; William W. died September 27, 1881. John A. Married April, 1868, Miss Hattie MOORE, of Haywood County; Hugh M., married Miss Ann F. ANDERSON, September 11, 1872; Miss Mary R. married Marcus V. CRUMP, in the spring of 1873.

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CALDWELL, J.F.

J. F. CALDWELL, residing and living in the Second District, was born November 11, 1852, in Tipton County, Tenn., and is the son of Theophilus Caldwell, who was born in Maury County, Tenn., in 1826, and died at Warren, Bradley Co., Ark., in 1863. Our subject’s mother was Catharine E. Caldwell, she was born in Maury County, and died in 1858 in Bradley County, Ark. J. F. Caldwell was raised on a farm with his uncle, Robert Caldwell, and remained with him until 1876, when he commenced farming for himself, which we has successfully continued, with stock raising, to the present time.

December 14, 1876 he married Mattie WILLIAMS, daughter of Luke and Rebecca Williams, and by this marriage have had five children: Annie, Elizabeth, Lillian, Estelle, who died October 26, 1882; Robert Lee, James F., who died in infancy, and Theophilus W. Mr. Caldwell is a man with a fine sense of honor, and is a valuable citizen. In 1855 he was tax collector of the district; is in politics a Democrat, and is a popular man in his neighborhood.

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CALDWELL, Robert

Robert CALDWELL, one of the influential farmers of long standing, of the Second district, is a native of Lincoln County, and was born October 25, 1822, and is the son of Alex Caldwell, who was born in 186, and died in Tipton County, in 1842.  The mother was Elizabeth NICHOLLS Caldwell, who died when our subject was quite an infant.

Robert Caldwell is of Irish descent; he was raised on a farm, and worker for wages until the date of the war; since then he has farmed for himself, and has accumulated quite a nice property, having commenced with no means. February 6, 1844, he married Nancy S. HARGIS of Fayette County; they have no children.  Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he is an enthusiastic Democrat.  He takes a deep interest in all pertaining to the welfare of the county, and whenever he is called upon to contribute to any public enterprise, responds freely.

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