Goodspeed's Henry County Biographies - W surnames

Pleasant C. Wade, farmer, and son of Robert A. and Mary (Callicott) Wade, was born in Randolph County, N. C., in 1819, and is one of twelve children, only two of whom are living. The father was a native of Virginia, born in Halifax County of that State in 1763. He received a good common education and taught school for several years. At the age of twenty-three he married, and soon after went to Randolph County, N. C., where he remained till 1823, after which he came to Henry County and settled in the Third District for seven years. He was one of the very early settlers, and died in October, 1832. Mrs. Wade was born in Prince Edward County, Va., in 1776, and died in 1848. Our subject received his education at Spring Hill Seminary; worked on the farm till he was twenty-six years of age, when he was married, January 2, 1845, to Mary Ann H. Robinson, a native of Maury County, born April 16, 1820, and the daughter of James S. and Malinda G. Robinson, natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Kentucky. To our subject and wife were born five children: Isadora, Malinda Alabama, Robert J., Thomas R. and Pleasant A. Mr. Wade soon after marriage settled near his present home, in 1847, and is now the owner of about 270 acres in the home farm. In 1868 he was elected to fill an unexpired term as magistrate, and has been three times re-elected to the same office which he has held to the entire satisfaction of the public. He is a Democrat in politics and cast his first presidential vote for M. Van Buren, in 1840. He has been a Mason since 1852, and since the war (1865) has passed the Royal Arch Degree. Mr. and Mrs. Wade are worthy members of the Primitive Baptist Church.

V. B. Walker, a prominent citizen and farmer of the Sixteenth District, was born in North Carolina, March 21, 1827, and is one of a family of twelve children, born to the union of James and Elizabeth (Edwards) Walker, natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Virginia. The father was a teacher and a farmer by profession. Our subject was reared by his uncle, John S. Walker of Decatur County, and received his education in that county. December 12, 1854, he married Louisa Kendall, a native of Henry County, born October 1, 1838, and the daughter of Eli Kendall. Mrs. Walker died October 12, 1878, leaving a family of nine children, seven of whom lived to be grown, and six of whom are now living: Robert J. (deceased), Elizabeth (Mrs. R. M. Blackemore), Jarratt, Kate (Mrs. Ed. Wynns), Joe, Lola P. and Alexander C. In 1849 Mr. Walker went to Kentucky, where he remained till 1852, engaged in the tobacco business. He then came to Henry County, located where he now resides and was engaged in the tobacco business until 1869. He manufactured plug tobacco and of such quality that many times he won the prize for its excellence. Mr. Walker is now an extensive farmer, owning as much as 800 acres in Henry County, and besides has two sections of land in Mississippi. He is well known and much esteemed by all his acquaintances both as a citizen and neighbor. He was postmaster at Mt. Vista from 1852 to 1857, and at the present time is deputy county surveyor. He is a Democrat in politics and took a great interest in his State and county affairs during the late war. He is a man who has read a great deal and has made a careful study of all the great subjects both of political and religious ethics. In religion, he is liberal to the fullest extent, being a humanitarian.

A. J. Weldon, a prominent physician, was born in Marshall County, Tenn., in 1831, and is one of ten children, three of whom are living, born to W. B. and Lillian (Cook) Weldon. The father was a native of Franklin County, N. C., born in 1787, and was married in his native State, where he remained till 1827, after which he came to Tennessee and located in Marshall County. In 1841 he came to Henry County, and here remained till his career ended in 1847. He was sheriff of his native county for four years previous to 1827. The mother was also a native of North Carolina, born 1793, and died in December 1876. Our subject was reared under the parental roof and received his education in Henry County. He began teaching school at the age of sixteen and followed this occupation for a number of years, and at the same time added to his mental stock of learning by studying all his spare moments during this time, and afterward he read medicine with Dr. John Londis for two years. He then took a course of lectures at Louisville, Ky., and in 1859-60 took a course at the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, where he graduated in the spring of the latter year. He then located at Buchanan and began the practice of his chosen profession. In 1868 he moved to Paris Landing, where he still resides and practices medicine. Previous to this, in 1852, he married Sarah McSwain, a native of Tennessee, born 1831, and the daughter of David McSwain. Mrs. Weldon died in 1864, leaving three children: Laura (Mrs. Dr. W. T. McClarin), W. E. and Thomas J. In 1868 he married Virginia Chenoweth, a native of Indiana, born in December, 1849, and the daughter of Richard Chenoweth. They have five children by this union; Ida, Robley D., John D., Stella and Mary. In 1866 the Doctor began the mercantile business at Paris Landing, which he still continues. He also built a cotton-gin and engaged extensively in growing and dealing in cotton till 1880. He has for some years bought, raised and dealt extensively in cotton, and has at the home place 2,400 acres of valuable land, much of which is under a fine state of cultivation. The Doctor has an extensive practice and is one of the best physicians in the county. He is a member of the American Medical Association and also of the State Medical Association. In 1880 he built a mill and began manufacturing lumber, shingles and staves. In 1884 he lost the mill by fire, together with machinery and a large amount of lumber. Recently he has rebuilt and now has the business in good running order. He has also for many years been engaged extensively in raising stock. He is a Democrat in politics and since twenty-one years of age has been a Mason. He is also a member of the K. of H.

W. E. Weldon, a member of the firm of the Chickasaw mills, and traveling salesman for Rainwater, Booger & Co., wholesale merchants of St. Louis, was born in Henry County in 1855, and is a son of Dr. A. J. Weldon, of Paris Landing. Our subject received his early education in the schools near home, but subsequently graduated at the Military Institute in Murray, Ky. In May, 1881, he married Bettie M., a native of Henry County, born in 1861, and the daughter of Nathaniel and Maria Currier. To our subject and wife were born two children: Sallie and Louisa. Previous to moving to Chickasaw Mills Mr. Weldon was engaged for five years in the mercantile business at Paris Landing, where he was quite successful. He is a man of fine business qualifications and a thorough gentleman. He is a member of the K. of H., and one of the county’s best citizens.

Fitzgerald Williams, one of seven children born to Isaac B. and Adeline (Fitzgerald) Williams, was born March 29, 1842. The father was born in Sumner County, Tenn., near Fountain Head, April 13, 1812, and came to Henry County when a boy. His own father being dead, he lived with his stepfather, Capt. James Greer, for a few years, and then clerked in a mercantile establishment and read law. He was licensed to practice law, and entered the profession at Paris in 1835. About 1845 he was elected attorney-general of this judicial circuit, and in 1854 was elected chancellor of this division, but resigned in 1860 to resume practice. He was stricken with paralysis in the summer of 1861 and disabled, but in 1865 resumed practice, and while in an argument in chancery court in 1869 he was again stricken, and lingered in the clasp of this nervous affection till February 1, 1871, when he passed from earth, honored as an able lawyer and one of the ablest chancellors in the State, as well as a highly honored citizen. He was appointed by Gov. Harris during the war to make a settlement between Tennessee and the other Confederate States, but could not attend on account of ill health. He was appointed Confederate tax collector of Tennessee, but declined. In 1863 he was commissioned circuit judge of the circuit. The mother of our subject was the oldest daughter of Judge William Fitzgerald, who was from 1845 to 1861 judge of this circuit, and was one of the ablest and most polished men of this part of Tennessee. It was he who (in 1851) defeated Davey Crockett for Congress, in which body he served one term. He was in the Tennessee Legislature prior to that time, and was attorney-general for several years. He died in 1864 from a stroke of paralysis. Our subject was born in Paris, and received a good practical and classical education at that place. In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army as second lieutenant of Company F, One Hundred and Fifty-fourth Senior Tennessee Regiment, which was the first company that entered the service. He was afterward elected first lieutenant, and remained in the service until the close of the war. He was wounded at Franklin. Returning from the war he resumed the reading of law, which he had pursued eighteen months before. In 1870 he was admitted to the bar, and has ever since continued to practice with evident success. He has adhered strictly to his profession, and does not mingle much in political affairs.

Alex. Wilson, farmer and prominent citizen of the Third District, was born in Trigg County, Ky., 1832, and is a son of William and Dosia (Daniel) Wilson. The father was born about 1808 and is of Scotch-Irish ancestry. He immigrated to Trigg County, Ky., with his parents when but a boy, grew to manhood, and was married in that county when about twenty-five years of age. In 1849 he removed to Arkansas, but while on business back to Kentucky, he was taken sick and died in 1852. Mrs. Wilson was born in Trigg County, Ky., where she died in the prime of life. Our subject remained with his father till his death, and was educated in the common schools of Trigg County, Ky. In April, 1856, he married Elizabeth Dawson and they had one child, Elizabeth D. (Mrs. A. Dawson). Mrs. Wilson died in February, 1865, and December 28 of the same year Mr. Wilson married Mrs. Mary Ann (Willis) Caldwell, a native of Henry County, born in 1835, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. She had two sons by her former marriage: R. D. and William M. By her marriage to our subject she became the mother of eight children; James A., Quitman L., Emma I., Etta and Ella (twins), Mary S., Minnie and Miss Sammie. Mr. Wilson remained in Trigg County till 1860, when he removed to Graves County, Ky., and in 1878 from there to Henry County, settling on the farm where he now resides. This consists of about 200 acres of good productive land, well cultivated and well improved. In April, 1864, Mr. Wilson enlisted in Company E, Third Tennessee Mounted Infantry, Confederate Army, and took part in several severe battles, was wounded at Harrisburg and rendered unfit for active service but did not return home till the final surrender. He is a Democrat in politics and cast his first presidential vote for James Buchanan. He is a Mason and a member of the Reformed Church.

Thomas R. Wilson, M. D., physician and surgeon of Cottage Grove, was born in Wilson County, Tenn., in 1844, and is one of nine children, only one of whom is living. The father, John R. Wilson, was born in 1800, and was of Scotch-Irish ancestry. His parents were natives of North Carolina, and settled in Wilson County at a very early day. John R. received a practical education and at the age of twenty-three married Mary Donaldson. He was a farmer and held the office of magistrate for a long time. He died in 1858. Mrs. Wilson was born in Wilson County about 1803, and died about 1850. Our subject received his education at Silver Springs and at String Town in Wilson County. In November, 1863, he entered the Confederate Army in Company K, Sixteenth Tennessee Cavalry, as orderly sergeant, and participated in nearly all the battles in which his command was engaged. At the close of the war he returned home, and in January, 1867, began the study of medicine under his brother, Dr. A. R. Wilson, of Cottage Grove and in the fall of the same year entered the medical department of the Tennessee University, where he graduated in 1869. In 1871 he commenced practicing medicine at Como, where he remained two years. He then removed to Cottage Grove where he has continued practicing with evident success, as his many patients now living can testify. He is also running a store of general merchandise in connection with his practice. In January, 1878, he married Henrietta V. Freeman, a native of Henry County, Tenn., born in 1848, and the daughter of J. C. and Eliza Freeman. They have four children: Mary Eliza, Robert Howard, Alfred Bluford and Nellie. In politics the Doctor is a Democrat and cast his first vote for Horace Greeley in 1872. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

William T. Wrather, dealer in general hardware, agricultural implements, groceries, etc., established his present business in 1877, in company with T. B. Ellison, with whom he remained till 1884, when Mr. Ellison retired. Since that time Mr. Wrather has continued the business alone with evident success. He is carrying a stock to the value of about $6,000, and his is one of the most flourishing business enterprises in the city. His father, William B., was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., of Welsh origin. About 1846 he married Mary Kellow, by whom he had one child. About 1847 he removed to Arkansas, where he resumed his farming, and died in 1848. The family soon after returned to Rutherford County, where Mrs. Wrather married H. H. Ozment. They afterward removed to Arkansas, where Mrs. Ozment died in 1884. Our subject was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1847, was reared principally by his mother, and educated mostly in the common schools of Henry County. In 1871 he began clerking in a mercantile house, where he remained till about 1876. He then engaged in the business on his own responsibility at Crossland, Ky., and here remained one year, after which he came to Paris and engaged in his present business. September, 1874, he married Kate Matthewson, a native of Murray, Ky., born in 1854, and the daughter of Daniel and Gabriella Matthewson. Mr. Wrather has accumulated his property by his own efforts, and is a man of good business and financial ability. He is the owner of some real estate in Paris. In politics he is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for H. Seymour in 1868. He and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

C. N. Wright, now a resident and practitioner of this place was born March 13, 1851, in Carroll County, Tenn. He grew to manhood on the farm, and at the age of eighteen began the study of medicine under Dr. Wright, of Huntingdon, Tenn. In 1870 he entered the medical university of Nashville (old school), and graduated from that institution in the spring of 1873, after which he located at this place and began practicing his profession with evident success up to the present date. He is a self-made man, and has accumulated his property since 1872, and is now in good circumstances, notwithstanding the fact that he has labored under many disadvantages. His education advantages were very limited, but by hard study and work he has fitted himself for the enviable position he now holds. He is also a man of good social standing, and is respected by all. In politics he is a Democrat.

Iverson M. Wrinkle, produce dealer and prominent citizen of Cottage Grove, was born in McNairy County, Tenn., in 1840, and is one of nine children, eight of whom are living. The father, Morgan Wrinkle, was born in Bradley County, Tenn., in 1812, and was of Irish extraction. He received but a limited education, and when a young man went to Hardin County, where he was married; by this union one child was born. Mrs. Wrinkle soon after died, and in 1836 he married Cloann Smith; both were at that time living in McNairy County, where Mrs. Wrinkle was burned to death about 1858. In 1860 Mr. Wrinkle married Gensey McGarety, who died about 1881, and in 1882 he married Mrs. Elizabeth Finley. Soon after his last marriage they removed to Henderson, in Chester County, and are living a retired life. Our subject was educated at the common schools of McNairy County. In 1863 he entered the army as one of the “boys in gray,” by enlisting in Company F, Twenty-first Tennessee Cavalry, under Gen. Forrest, and took an active part in all the battles in which his command was engaged; was severely wounded by bushwhackers, in the latter part of 1864, which rendered him unfit for duty. April 30, 1965, he returned home and was married to Mrs. Clemmie J. Brown (nee Bowden), a native of Cottage Grove, Tenn., born January 20, 1845. The fruits of this union were four children, three living: Eurah Ann, Ola Jane, Iva Josephine (who died March 11, 1881), and Estella D., who was born February 9, 1882. Mr. Wrinkle spent the first year of his married life in Kentucky, after which he returned to Cottage Grove and formed for three years; he then entered a mercantile house and acted as clerk until 1874, when he began the business of his own responsibility, and this continued until 1886, with complete success. He had very little of this world’s goods to start in life with, but he has accumulated a fine property, and now owns 120 acres of good land and a good residence in town. In politics Mr. Wrinkle is a Democrat and cast his first presidential voter for Horace Greeley. He is a member of the Golden Cross and he and wife are active members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

William G. Wynns, farmer and leading citizen, was born in Stewart County, Tenn., in 1844, and is one of a family of two children, only our subject is living. The father, William G., was born in North Carolina, in 1810, and immigrated to Stewart County with his parents when he was but a boy. He was reared at home and received a good common and business education, mostly at Paris. When eighteen years of age he clerked in a mercantile establishment at Dover, and about 1836 began the business on his own responsibility. In September, 1838, he married S. Eveline Atkins, of Dover, a native of Stewart County, born in 1824, and the daughter of Henry L. and Sallie (Stell) Atkins. Mr. Wynns led an active, industrious life and died in 1845. Our subject received his education principally in the common schools, and finished at Caledonia College. In September, 1864, he enlisted in the Confederate Army, under Capt. William Hawkins, in Forrest’s cavalry, and was wounded near Columbia, Tenn. This rendered him unfit for further duty, but he did not return to his home until near the final surrender. He taught school for some time, and in 1873-74 was engaged in the mercantile business at Paris, which he had to discontinue on account of ill health. He traveled for some time, and in 1880 he purchased eighty-four acres of land near Paris, on which he and his mother now reside. He is a Democrat in politics and cast his first presidential vote for Horatio Seymour. He and mother are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South