Stephen G. CARNES, a farmer of Fayette County, was born in Hardeman County, Tenn., August 3, 1829, and with two sisters constitutes the surviving members of a family of two sons and four daughters born to David B. and Mary (Gracy) CARNES, natives of North Carolina; both came to Tennessee when young and married in Hardeman County, where they farmed until the father died in 1842; the mother died in the same county in 1875.  The father, previous to this marriage, had married in North Carolina a Miss SCOTT, and to them three sons and three daughters were born, two daughters living.  This wife died in 1827.  Our subject’s mother had been married before her marriage to Mr. CARNES, to Samuel STEEL, by whom she had one son and two daughters, one of each living.

Our subject remained at home until the war, but had purchased a farm which he managed in addition to assisting at the home place.  He entered the Ninth Tennessee Infantry of the Confederate Army, where he was first lieutenant a year, then returned home a year and joined Henderson’s scouts until the war closed, when he returned to the old home place, and in 1869 married Miss Bettie COOPER, and they have had two sons, Henry C. and John B.  In 1872 he moved near Somerville, and in 1880 to his present farm consisting of 300 acres, well improved and located.  He also owns in Fayette County another tract of 160 acres.  Mr. CARNES is a Cumberland Presbyterian; Mrs. CARNES, an Episcopalian.  He is also a member of the F. & A.M., the K. of H. and K. & L. of H. and a Democrat.  Mr. CARNES is a man of fine social standing, and possesses many sterling qualities that are justly appreciated by the community in which he lives.

Source:  Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee, 1887. 

Washington L. Baird, M. D., is a prominent physician of Hickory Valley, a native of Fayette County, Tenn., born April 16, 1839, the sixth of eight children born to Capt. Charles and Nancy T. (Robards) Baird, who were both of Scotch-Irish descent The father was a native of North Carolina, born July 16, 1797, and in early life came with his parents to Robertson County, Tenn. He was a Democrat in politics, for a number of years was captain of the State militia and a member of Primitive Baptist Church. His death occurred in Fayette County February 11, 1871. The mother was a native of Tennessee, born March 7. 1807; she was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church and died in Fayette County, September 17, 1867. Washington L. received a good education in youth and having selected the medical profession, attended lectures at the Memphis Medical College, In 1860 he began the practice of his profession with an elder brother in Dallas County, Ark., remaining there one year, when he returned to Tennessee and began practicing in Springfield. September 26, 1861, Dr. Baird married Miss Callie V. Cunningham, a native of Davidson County, born in 1842, and to them have been born six children, one son deceased. In the spring of 1862 he moved to Dallas County, Ark., where he practiced medicine until the fall of 1863 when he enlisted as a private of volunteers and remained with Maj. Gen. Holmes one year. The entire company to which he belonged was captured, but he escaped capture while on duty as quartermaster. He then came to Tennessee and joined Gen. Forrest and remained with him until the close of the war. He then returned to Fayette County, remaining a short time with his father; then returned to Arkansas, for two years; then returned to Tennessee and after practicing at different points, settled in Hickory Valley where he has since remained. Dr. Baird has two married sisters whose husbands are distinguished men: Lamiza A., whose husband is Judge Joseph C. Stark of Springfield, Robertson County, and Emma H., whose husband is Louis T. Cobb, now a member of the State Legislature and represents the Twelfth Senatorial District. Dr. Baird is a Democrat in politics and a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church which he has served as recording steward seven years.

Transcribed by David Donahue from the Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee, 1886 – Biographical Sketches of Hardeman County.

Hon. Chamberlain H. ANDERSON, present chairman of the county court of Hardeman County, was born in Chesterfield County, Va., June 3, 1820. He is the oldest of a family of twelve children born to Benjamin B. and Nancy H. (DANCE) ANDERSON, both natives of the same State and county as that in which C. H. was born. They came to Hardeman County in 1835, settling ten miles south of Bolivar, where they spent the remainder of their lives. Both were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. The father was of English descent, born in 1792, a millwright who thoroughly understood the business; a Whig in politics. He took part in the war of 1812 and died in 1848. The mother was born in 1793, and departed this life in 1846. The subject of our sketch was educated in an old field school. He remained at home assisting his father in the mill and on the farm, until he was twenty-five years of age. In 1845 he was united in wedlock to Miss Elizabeth W. PERRY, who was born in 1823. Their union was blessed with six children, four of whom are living, one son and three daughters. Mrs. C. H. ANDERSON died in 1884, a true Christian woman and esteemed member of the Methodist Church. Mr. ANDERSON is a member of the old Presbyterian Church. He is a life-long Democrat. He has been a magistrate for about forty-five years; served as register of Hardeman county ten years, and chairman of the county court about eight years. In 1879 he represented his district, consisting of Hardeman and Madison Counties, in the State Senate. For fifty-one years he has been a resident of the county.

Transcribed by David Donahue from the Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee, 1886 – Biographical Sketches of Hardeman County.

G. N. Albright, of the well known firm of Edwards & Albright, merchants and millers of Cedar Chapel, was born February 14, 1840, in North Carolina, where his parents also were born, raised and wedded. His father, James R., was a merchant in his early life, and afterward a farmer; was successful in both. For twenty years he was a magistrate. Previous to the war he was a Whig, and then a Democrat. He married Miss Sallie Albright, by whom he had five sons and one daughter. Both were earnest and respected members of the Methodist Church. They lived to a good old age, and were laid to rest in their native State when their lives were spent. Our subject, G. N., is of German-Irish descent; his ancestors came from Pennsylvania. He was raised on a farm, and received a liberal education. In 1861 he volunteered in Company F, of the Sixth North Carolina, Confederate troops. For about three years he served as second lieutenant. He received a serious wound at the battle of Fredericksburg, disabling him for seven months. At Rappahannock Station, Va., he was captured and held prisoner for eighteen months, being confined at various points — first at Johnson’s Island, then Point Lookout, Fort Delaware, Morris Island, Fort Pulaski — and back to Fort Delaware where he was released. For forty-two days he was fed on bread and water. This was the work of retaliation. In 1865 he came to West Tennessee, which has since been his home. The same year he married Barbara E. Thompson, who died in 1877. She was the mother of two sons and three daughters and a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. In 1879 Mr. Albright wedded Miss Mollie Walden, by whom he has one son. He belongs to the Presbyterian Church and Mrs. Albright to the Methodist. For a number of years he was engaged in farming and operating a sawmill; in 1886 he embarked in the present business. He has been quite successful in life, owns 200 acres in Fayette County. He is an industrious upright man, a worthy citizen and a stanch Democrat.

Transcribed by David Donahue from the Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee, 1886 – Biographical Sketches of Hardeman County

KINNEY, William, lawyer; born Hardeman Co., Tenn., March 13, 1863; son Geo. and L. J. (Tucker) KINNEY; Scotch-Irish descent; educated Vanderbilt University and country schools; graduated Vanderbilt Univ. B. P. 187 and ’88 in Law Department; married Mary KING 1889; member Masons; Democratic chairman county committee Haywood Co., also city of Brownsville; speaker of Tennessee State Senate ’09; member of Legislature ’97-99; on staff of Gov. Benton McMillan 2 years.

Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee: A Biographical Reference Book of Notable Tennesseans of To-Day. Memphis: Paul & Douglas Co, 1911.

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  • Barrett, J. A. & A. J.
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  • Dowdy, G. W.
  • Drake, Edwin R.
  • Duncan, C. A.
  • Duncan, Stephen N.
  • Durden, Wiley
  • Durrett, David E.
  • Elliotte, W. W. R., Jr.
  • Farley, William W.
  • Fentress, James
  • Fentress, Francis
  • Ferguson, Daniel A.
  • Ferguson, James P.
  • Galloway, William D.
  • Garrett, G. W.
  • Gibson, George S.
  • Hannah, Robert
  • Harris, Orris
  • Harriss, R. R.
  • Higgs, Theopolis
  • Hudson, Benjamin V.
  • Ingram, George T.
  • Jernigan, M. H.
  • Johnson, William M.
  • Jones, J. H. and E. M.
  • Kahn, Isaac and Samuel
  • Kearney, William R.
  • Kent, Sallie R.
  • Kinney, John W.
  • Lax, Joseph L.
  • Low, John T.
  • Manson, J. A.
  • McAnulty, David W.
  • Mathews, Joseph A.
  • May, William A.
  • McCaskill, John E.
  • Mercer, Thomas E
  • McGlathery, Frank M.
  • Miller, J. R.
  • Moore, Martin
  • Moore, James A.
  • Moorman, R. A.
  • Morrow, John T.
  • Moss, Bartley H.
  • McKinnie, P. H.
  • Mullen, Edward A.
  • Neely, Rufus P.
  • Neely, James J.
  • Newsom, Thomas M.
  • Norment, John S.
  • Norment, William M.
  • Norment, Jesse
  • Nuckolls, William
  • Nuckolls, John W.
  • Nuckolls, Noah C.
  • Parran, T. A.
  • Pettigrew, James M.
  • Pledge, W. A.
  • Polk, Oscar B.
  • Polk, Thomas
  • Prewitt, Thomas E.
  • Pulliam, T. P.
  • Reynolds, William and Tabitha
  • Rhea, Abraham
  • Robertson, John S.
  • Sammons, Wiley W.
  • Sasser, J. D.
  • Sauls, J. D.
  • Savage, Jefferson C.
  • Scott, Reuben S.
  • Shea, Thomas
  • Simmons, Benjamin A.
  • Smith, Robert W.
  • Stewart, Elias B.
  • Stuart, Thomas C.
  • Tate, W. H.
  • Walton, Robert H.
  • Walton, Andrew J.
  • White, Alexander
  • Whitley, Rufus D.
  • Wilson, John A.
  • Wilson, J. W.
  • Wilkes, J. W.
  • Wood, Charles
  • Woods, John D.
  • Wright, R. M.
  • Wynne, Hiram B.
  • Yopp, Alex F.