D. H. DALBY, liveryman and farmer, was born in North Carolina February 8, 1840; son of John A. and Louisa W. (DAVIS) Dalby and is of Scotch-English descent. His parents were born in North Carolina and came to Henry County, Tenn., in the fall of 1840. Mrs. Dalby died in 1885. D. H. Dalby, our subject, came to Obion County in 1857, and the greater part of his life has been spent in farming. August 21, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Ninth Tennessee Infantry, and served nearly four years. He was kept a prisoner of war at Camp Morton for seven months. He was wounded twice, first at Perryville, Ky., and then at Chickamauga. He came home in May, 1865. He was elected sheriff of the county in 1880 and was re-elected in 1882. He is a Democrat and was married February 26, 1866, to Mary Frances JACKSON, of Obion County. She was born September 22, 1848, and became the mother of seven children: Eudora A., Jenniti B., Leona F., Will U., Richard A., Thomas J. and Howard. Dr. Dalby has been a member of the Western Sun Lodge of Masons since 1883. He engaged in the livery business in Troy in 1884 and there now continues. He owns 80 acres of land.
Herman DIETZEL, hardware merchant of Union City, Tenn., was born in Germany, September 1, 1848. His parents J. H. and J. S. (PLARRE) Dietzel, were born in Germany in 1800 and 1817 respectively. The father died in his native land in 1862. Out subject is the sixth of sixteen children and was educated in the Hohenluben schools in Germany. When thirteen years of age he began learning the blacksmith’s trade and came to America in 1869 and soon afterward settled in Union City, and here carried on his trade for nine years. Since 1876 he has been engaged in the hardware business and is the oldest hardware merchant in the city. By many years of patient labor and economy he has built up an extensive trade. He is a thorough business man and is connected with some of the leading manufacturing interests of the city. In 1878 he was married to S. B. CLOYES, who was born in 1862. They have three children: Charley, Herman and Edward. Mr. Dietzel is a Democrat and a member of the city council. He is also a member of the K. of P.
Thomas W. DICKENSON is a Virginian, born January 26, 1816. He was brought to Sumner County, Tenn., by his father when only two years of age, and after a residence of about eight years in the county came to Obion County, were he yet resides. His parents were both Virginians and of English descent. He worked on the farm with his father until about twenty years of age, when he began “tilling the soil” for himself, and by industry, economy and honesty is now worth about $15,000. He is a Mason – Mount Pelia Lodge No. 177. He is a Democrat and served about nine years as magistrate prior to the war. He was re-elected to the office in 1868, and after serving one term of six years, was deposed by the Federal court because he favored the South during the late rebellion. In May 1837, he married Hannah C. Cunningham, who died in December, 1943, leaving on child, Sarah Elizabeth (Mrs. George CATHEY). In August, 1845, he wedded Elizabeth RIVES, who bore him ten children, five now living: James C., Robert W., George L., Calvin C., and Maude Caroline. Mr. Dickenson and family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and he is a Democrat in politics.
R. A. DONNELL, M. D., a resident and practitioner of the Twelfth District of Obion County, Tenn., was born on the 1st of August, 1831, in Middle Tennessee, Marshall County. His father, Archibald Donnell, was a native of North Carolina, born January 17, 1784. He came to Tennessee at an early day and died in this State in 1841. The mother’s maiden name was Martha RUSSELL. She was born in North Carolina, February 23, 1788, and died January 15, 1873, in Obion County. After finishing his education, Dr. Donnell began teaching school and followed that calling about eight years. In January, 1864, he began the study of medicine under Dr. L. J. RICE, of Marshall County, and entered on the practice of his profession in the county in January, 1868, continuing very successfully up to the present date. Susan Mary KIRK became his wife February 28, 1868. She is a daughter of Anderson and Julia Kirk and is the mother of four children: Thomas Jefferson, Victoria, Clara and Lillie. The Doctor has made his own way in life and may be considered one of the self-made men of the county. He is a stanch Democrat in politics.