R – Goodspeed, 1887

G. J. Ramsey, M. D., was born in Gibson county on the 14th of December, 1841. His father, W. F. Ramsey, was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1809, and was married to Nancy J. Knox, who was born in the same year, and by her became the father of twelve children. They both died in Gibson County, the former in 1883 and the latter in 1882. Dr. Ramsey is the fifth of his father’s family. He attended the common schools in his boyhood days, and in 1861 enlisted in Company B, Twelfth Tennessee Infantry, and served about two years. He was wounded at Murfreesboro and discharged in 1863. He began the study of medicine at Trenton in the office of Dr. Baiges, and later attended lectures at the St. Louis Medical College. He resided for about one year near Trenton, and came to Kenton in 1867, and here has since resided and continued the practice of his profession. He is considered a prominent physician and is quite well-to-do in worldly goods, owning over 300 acres of valuable land. He is a Democrat, a member of the I. O. O. F., and in 1870 was married to Mary J. Welch, of Mississippi, who died in 1871, leaving one child – Nannie E. In 1873 Dr. Ramsey married Kate Potter, who was born in Maury County, Tenn., in 1851, and by her is the father of three children: Clinton, Mary and James. Dr. and Mrs. Ramsey are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.


George A. Reynolds is a son of Richard and Mary E. (Stone) Reynolds, and was born in Williamson county, Tenn., March 29, 1823. He is the second of seven children, and of English descent. His father was born in the same county as himself in 1800, and was married at the age of twenty. He settled on the farm on which he was born and there reared his family, and continued to reside until he died of cholera, July 4, 1835. His wife was born in Williamson County, in June, 1803, and died at the old homestead in March, 1846. George A. obtained a good common school education, and made his parents’ house his home until after attaining his majority. October 16, 1845, his marriage with Mary E. Cook was celebrated. She was a daughter of Henry Cook of Giles County, and was born June 25, 1824, and died in Marshall County, Miss., July 11, 1861, leaving the following family: Richard H., who died May 26, 1864; William G., George A., Charles S., James H. (who died November 2, 1880), and Mary P. May 13, 1862, Mr. Reynolds married Martha E. Bufford, of Marshall County, Miss., daughter of  S.T. Bufford, a saddle and harness manufacturer. They have four children: Samuel A., who died September 19, 1864; Eugenie, Alice (wife of Prof. J. H. Himemon of Union City), Walter G. and Thomas R.   Mrs. Reynolds was born at Dover, Tenn., January 7, 1837. She was reared in Shelby County until thirteen years of age, then moved with her father to Marshall County, Miss. Mr. Reynolds owns 148 acres of fine land and is surrounded by all the comforts that make life enjoyable. He and wife are church members, and he is neutral in politics.


James J. Roberts is one of twelve children born to John and Mary (Herring) Roberts. John Roberts was a Virginian, and came to Montgomery County, Tenn., when quite young. Here he married and followed farming until 1869, when he came to Obion County and followed the same occupation until his death, which occurred in 1880. The mother still resides on the home place, about two miles west of Union City. James J. was born in Montgomery County, Tenn., in December, 1855, and remained with his parents, assisting them on the farm until his marriage, in 1877, to Mary F. Rives, a native of Sumner County, but reared in Obion county. The following are their children: Carrie (deceased), Willie, Essie, James and Benny. Mr. Roberts has been a resident of the farm of forty-five acres, where he now resides, since 1878. He and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


James Andrew Rochell, groceryman, of Troy, Tenn., is a native of Weakley County, born December 22, 1851, and is of French descent. His father, James A. Rochell, was born in Gibson county, about 1819, and his wife, whose maiden name was Nancy King, was born in Weakley County in 1821. The both died in Weakley County, in 1861. Our subject is their fourth child. He remained on the farm until 1872, when he came to Obion County and began clerking in a store at Obion Station, remaining there five years. He came to Troy in 1876 and two years later engaged in the general grocery business and has continued the same up to the present time, meeting with good success. Mr. Rochell is a Democrat and his first presidential vote was cast for Horace Greeley. December 4, 1878, his marriage with Miss Nannie J. Hurt was celebrated. She was born in Roanoke County, Va., in 1853, and is a daughter of  P. H. Hurt. Mr. and Mrs. Rochell have one daughter, named Jimmie Judson, born July 4, 1889. Mr. and Mrs. Rochell are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church of their town.


Calvin J. Rogers was born in Hickman County, Tenn., July 3, 1823, the eldest of eleven children born to the marriage of John W. Rogers and Patience Tansil. The father was born in North Carolina, July 5, 1798, and there married. He came to Tennessee, residing for a few months in Hickman County, where our subject was born. From that time units 1848 he resided in Weakley County, and at the latter date moved to the Lone Star State, where he died in 1853. The mother was born in North Carolina, February 20, 1802, and died in Texas in June, 1882. Calvin J. Rogers received a common school education and has made farming his chief business thoughout life. October 9, 1845, he wedded, Mary A. Gleason, daughter of W. W. Gleason, who was a prominent merchant of Dresden, Tenn., born in Virginia in 1804, and died near Dresden in 1865. To Mr. and Mrs. Rogers seven children were born, only the following two of whom are living: Jennie L. (Mrs. Lee C. Taylor) and Mary Calvina (Mrs. J. M. Moore). Their mother was born in Gibson county, September 3, 1826. Mr. Rogers served in the Confederate Army and belonged to a select company in the Trans Mississippi Department. This company, being of superior drill and equipment, became a bone of contention between Gen. Wharton and Col. Bailor, resulting in the former’s death. Mr. Rogers served two years and was paroled. He is a Democrat, a Royal Arch Mason, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He own 700 acres of land and a splendid residence in a beautiful location.


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