Biography: ENGLISH, Thomas Y.

THOMAS Y. ENGLISH, farmer, was born in Giles County, Tenn., March 19,1835, and is one of a large family of children born to John and Clara (Willeford) English. The father was born in North Carolina in 1800, and was by occupation a farmer. He came to Tennessee with his mother in 1810, and settled on a farm in Giles County, where he lived a long and prosperous life. He was a member of the Baptist Church, and died July 26, 1879. The mother was a native of South Carolina, born in l810. She was a member of the Primitive Baptist Church, and was a faithful, conscientious Christian. Her death occurred September 26, 1885. Our subject was reared on a farm, and educated in Giles County. He came to Maury County in 1875, and settled on a farm in the Eleventh District, where he has since resided. He enlisted as a private in the Confederate Army May 12, 1861, Company I, Third Tennessee Volunteer Regiment, commanded by Col. John C. Brown, of Tennessee. He participatqd in the battles of Fort Donelson, Chickamauga, Bayou, Raymond and several minor ones. He was taken prisoner at Fort Donelson, and taken to Camp Morton, Indianapolis, Ind., where he remained until his release May 11, 1865. He was married :November 8, 1881, to Lissie Spain, a native of Maury County, and the result of this union is the birth of three sons: Thomas Y., born August 8, 1882; John W., born February 25, 1884, and Robert J., born February 23, 1886. Mr. English is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, a Democrat in politics, and one of Maury County’s best citizens.

Source: History of Tennessee: From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford and Marshall Counties. Nashville, Tenn: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1886.


One Response to Biography: ENGLISH, Thomas Y.

  1. There is more information on Thomas Y. English in a book in the Maury County Archives, in Columbia, Tn. It is a book about the English family history. If I remember correctly it traces several branches of the family tree back to England. I had the same book at one time and can’t seem to find it anymore. I still live in the Maury County area near where Thomas Y. English Sr. lived.

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