Goodspeed's Henry County Biographies - N surnames

W. T. Nance, farmer, was born in Holmes County, Miss., February 1, 1842, son of W. F. and Elizabeth (Hill) Nance. The father was born in North Carolina April 7, 1814, came to Tennessee when seventeen years of age and located in Rutherford County, but afterward came to Henry County where he was married. Shortly afterward he removed to Mississippi and here remained till 1842, when he again returned to Henry County, where he has since remained. He is a farmer by occupation. The mother was born in Tennessee in 1807 and died about 1850. Our subject was reared at home and received his education in the common schools. He subsequently attended New Boston Academy. January 2, 1868, he married M. E. Upchurch, a native of Henry County, born May 30, 1850, and this union resulted in the birth of five children: James F., C. T., Elizabeth, Ella and May A. After marriage Mr. Nance located near where he now resides. He owns 316 acres of very desirable land, and is one of the county’s best citizens. November 24, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Forty-sixth Tennessee Infantry, and participated in many of the principal battles. At Island No. 10 his regiment was captured but he escaped and returned home, where he remained a short time. His command was in the rear of Grant when he took Vicksburg, and was in many battles opposing Sherman’s march toward Atlanta. He was in the bloody battle of Franklin, and while at Nashville was taken prisoner and conveyed to Ohio, remained there till February, 1865, when he was discharged, and soon after returned home. He is a Democrat in politics.