John H. Tate was born in Maury County, Tenn., March 4, 1827, and is the fifth of six children born to the marriage of William Tate and Elizabeth Stratton, who were born in South Carolina in 1792, and Virginia, respectively. The father came to Tennessee when a young man and settled in Maury County, where he married and reared his family, following the occupation of farming. He died in 1858 and his wife in 1875. John H. Tate’s early advantages for education were limited. He has made farming his chief business in life, which he has followed for himself since attaining his majority. He owns 76 acres of good land, on which he raises tobacco and the cereals. From 1856 until 1866 he resided in Graves County, Ky. Since the latter date he has lived in Obion County, Tenn. He is a Democrat and belongs to the Masonic fraternity and was married November 15, 1849, to Lucy A. McGown, daughter of Robert McGown, a farmer, of Maury County. Mr. and Mrs. Tate are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
A. J. Taylor, M. D., was born in Obion County, Tenn., September 9, 1842, and is one of six sons and two daughters born to the marriage of William Taylor and Elizabeth Atkins, the former born in Stewart County, Tenn., and the latter in North Carolina. They both came to Obion County when young. Here they remained until the father’s death in May, 1875. The mother is still living in the county. William Taylor was constable of his district before reaching the age of twenty-one. Our subject remained with his parents until about twenty three years of age, then began the study of medicine and attended the medical department of the University of Nashville during the sessions of 1867 and 1868, and began practicing in Mississippi county, Mo., remaining there one year. He then located in Obion County, Tenn., near Kenton, where he practiced until 1881; then moved to Weakley County, where he remained a few months, then established a drug store at Rives, in this county. In 1885 he relocated in Kenton, where he now practices his profession. In 1869 he married Fannie Holland. To them were born two daughters, only one of whom is living. Mrs. Taylor died in 1884, and in 1885 the Doctor wedded Lelia Crittendon, who is identified with the Baptist Church. The Doctor is a member of the Methodist Church and belongs to the F. & A. M.
George Taylor, farmer and native of Obion County, Tenn., was born on the 16th of February, 1838, being the youngest of ten children, all of whom are dead save our subject. His people were among the first settlers of the county and he was reared on a farm and supported his mother up to the day of her death, in March, 1874. For about eighteen months he was in the mercantile business in Kenton, Tenn., but the greater portion of his life has been spent at farming. He and Sallie A. Milliner were married February 11, 1863. She was a daughter of B. J. Milliner, and became the mother of four children: Lillian E. (Mrs. W. V., Stovall), Mary Saludia (Mrs. G. W. Cordell), Luella M. And John William. Mrs. Taylor died November 24, 1878, and August 19, 1885, Mr. Taylor took for his second wife Eliza Stovall, daughter of James Stovall. Our subject is worth about $4,000, all of which he has made by his own economy and industry. He and Mrs. Taylor are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and he is a stanch Democrat.
E. A. Taylor, M. D., is an Obion County Tennessean, born July 22, 1845, son of Col. William Taylor, who was born in Stewart County, Tenn., in 1817, and grandson of Frederick Taylor, who was born in Middle Tennessee, and died in Obion County prior to the birth of our subject. The latter’s mother, Elizabeth (Atkins) Taylor, was born in North Carolina, in 1825. William Taylor died May 8, 1875. Our subject is the third of twelve children, eight living. Dr. Taylor attended the country schools in boyhood, and began the study of medicine in 1866. He began taking lectures in the Nashville University, and soon located in his old home neighborhood, and continued the practice of his profession until 1872, when he removed to Kenton, and here has since resided. While studying medicine he was engaged in the drug business. On the 16th of December, 1869, he was united in marriage to Miss Mattie Crittendon, of Obion County, who was born June 3, 1842. They have two children: Alice E., born July 25, 1871, and Edward E., born May 17, 1873. Dr. Taylor is a Democrat, and has served four years as a member of the Kenton council. He has been a Mason since 1874, and is one of the leading physicians of the county. Mrs. Taylor is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
Milus F. Thomas is a Wilson County Tennessean, born January 22, 1827, the fourth of ten children of James and Isabella (Donnell) Thomas, and of Scotch-Irish descent. James Thomas was born in North Carolina, in 1795, and immigrated to Middle Tennessee with his parents when a small boy. He moved from Wilson to Dyer County, Tenn., in 1831, and after residing about twelve years in the last named place, moved to Obion County, and settled within one mile of the farm now occupied by our subject. He died at the residence of his son, Milus, in January, 1882. He was in the war of 1812, and afterward drew a pension for his services. His wife was born in North Carolina, in 1799, and died on the old homestead, in 1879. They were worthy members of the Christian and Cumberland Presbyterian Churches respectively. Milus F. Thomas was educated in the common schools, and has made farming his chief calling through life. He was married, in March, 1845, to Elizabeth E. Ward, daughter of Howell Ward, and five children have blessed their union: George D., Littleton H., James H., Mattie I. (Mrs. Henderson White) and Mary Etta. Mrs. Thomas was born in Carroll County, Tenn., January 23, 1823. Mr. Thomas is a Democrat, and has served as magistrate for ten years. He is a Mason, and he and family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In 1849 he came into possession of his farm of sixty-four acres, and devotes it to raising stock and cereals.
James H. Thomas was born in Dyer County, April 8, 1833 [For parent’s history see sketch of M. F. Thomas.], and was reared on a farm. His education was obtained in the common schools and in Belle Forest Collegiate Institute, which was destroyed during the late war. James H. Was married, on the 23rd of March, 1858, to Martha A. Peery, daughter of Archibald Peery. To them were born six children: Dora A., Mary L., (Mrs. D. C. Coleman), Milus L. , Alice M., Eleanor E. and Sarah I. The mother of this family was born in Weakley County , September 19, 1839, and died at the homestead, surrounded by her family June 30, 1877. Mr. Thomas was an old line Whig, but since the war has affiliated with the Democratic party. He is a Mason, and an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and has served four years as county surveyor, and at the present time is serving in the capacity of deputy. He purchased his farm of seventy three acres in 1867, and devotes it principally to raising cereals.
Charles G. Thomas is a Weakley County Tennessean, born February 16, 1843; son of William G. and Elizabeth (Vincent) Thomas, and of English lineage. The father was born in the blue-grass State, May 19, 1811, and came to Tennessee in 1829, locating in Weakley County, where he still resides. The mother was born in North Carolina, in 1842, and died at the homestead, in Weakley County, in August, 1863. Charles C. Thomas early days were spent on his father’s farm, and in attending the common schools. Having a predilection for farming, he has made that his chief calling through life , and owns 195 acres of good land, which he devotes to stock, cereals and tobacco. He joined the Confederate Army, serving in Company C, Seventh Kentucky Cavalry, under Col. Faulkner, and was at Shiloh, and in various skirmishes under Gen. Forrest. He had one brother killed at Franklin, and two brothers wounded at different battles. He was paroled at Gainesville, Ala. and was married January 9, 1867, to Martha A. Jones, who was born in Tennessee, October 12, 1849, daughter of William Jones, who was a prominent farmer, and represented his county in the State Legislature one term. He also served as magistrate of his district twenty-two years. To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were born nine children: Nora Etta, William A., George M., Miranda E., Ora Ethna, Nina Nella, Lillian Love and Charley; and one daughter, Mary A., who died July 1, 1876. Mr. Thomas is a Democrat, also a Mason, and he and wife and two oldest children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.