YADON, John N. (Rev.) – (b. 1823)

Rev. John N. Yadon, a prominent minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, was born where he now lives, May 3, 1823, the, son of Joseph and Phoebe (Cabbage) Yadon; the former was born in 1799, and deceased in 1873, and the latter was born in 1800, also deceased in 1873, and both were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Joseph Yadon, the grandfather, came from Ireland, as a British soldier, in the Revolution, but afterward joined the Americans, and was at the battle of Stillwater, and was a drum-major. He afterward moved to Virginia, and then to Tennessee. The father was a farmer, and postmaster at Haynes, for twenty-four years. Our subject, the eldest of seven children, was fairly educated, and March 28, 1841, married Salena Condry, who was born in August, 1820, in Grainger (now Union) County. Of two sons and seven daughters, six daughters are living. He has bought half of his father’s estate, and is a successful farmer. In 1858, he was ordained a minister, and preaches at Hickory Valley, Staight Creek, Spring Dale and Head of Barron, Churches. He is a strong Prohibitionist.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.

WILSON, John (Capt.) – (b. 1813)

Capt. John Wilson, farmer and stock dealer, was born in Anderson County, October 28, 1813, the son of Augustus and Barbara (May) Wilson, the former a soldier in the Revolution, a farmer, and a noted hunter, who is said to have killed deer on the site of Knoxville. He went to Knox County, a young man, and afterward to Anderson County. He was born in the Potomac Valley, Md., May 4, 1759, and died February 28, 1851, while the mother was born in Virginia, and died in the same county. They had two children, our subject and a sister. The former was fairly educated, and remained on the homestead, caring for his parents, until about 1855; then bought a farm in Anderson, (now Union) County, but in 1884 moved to his present farm. He was a recruiting officer, and in September, 1863, was made captain of Company M, but afterward Company L, Eleventh Tennessee Federal Cavalry, serving until June, 1865. April 27, 1837, he married Lydia, a daughter of Isaac Wilson, and born in Campbell County, in May, 1816. They have five sons and two daughters. For seven years our subject was postmaster at Hurricane Branch, and for twelve years was magistrate. He is a Republican, and a member of the G. A. R.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.

WALTERS, Thomas B. – (b. 1851)

Thomas B. Walters, farmer and stock dealer, was born where he now lives, February 10, 1851, the son of Thomas S. and Sarah S. (Wadon) Walters, the former born in Pittsylvania County, Va., October 17, 1804, and the latter born in this county January 25, 1808, and deceased January 23, 1879. Both members of the Baptist Church. The father was a successful farmer, and quite young when they came to Tennessee. Our subject, the ninth of ten children, is largely self educated. September 8, 1872, he married Perlina J. Hamilton, of this county, daughter of William and Nancy B. Hamilton, and their children are H. Ramer, Cleopatra, Samuel J. T., Frank and Oscar. Our subject has been farming and stock dealing, and has bought all of the old homestead (except his share) and has just completed a fine residence. In 1880-81 he was a merchant at Effie, the firm being Walters & McDowell (J. C.). He has been very successful, is a popular man, and a decided Democrat. His wife is a Missionary Baptist.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.

STOOKSBURY, John – (b. 1830)

John Stooksbury, farmer and stock dealer, is a native of Anderson (now Union) County, born September 24, 1830, the son of Isaac and Sarah (Loy) Stooksbury, the former born in Tennessee, of Virginia parents, and deceased in this county in 1868, aged sixty-six years, and the latter born in Anderson County, and deceased in this county in 1867, at the age of sixty-four. The Loy family were pioneers from North Carolina. The mother was a Methodist. Our subject, the eldest of eleven children, grew up in the country, at his father’s farm until March 20, 1856, when he married Sarah, a daughter of William Sharp. They have nine sons and two daughters, one of the former deceased. After two years farming his father’s land, he purchased part of his present land, and has since enlarged it considerably. His wife is a Methodist, and he a strong Prohibitionist.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.

SMITH, Charles H. – (b. 1844)

Charles H. Smith, leather manufacturer, was born in Jefferson County, Ky., February 20, 1844. Our subject, the second of three children, is largely self educated, and, in 1861, he joined Gen. Morgan Confederate Scouts, and was taken prisoner on a raid in Ohio, and imprisoned at Camp Douglas, Chicago, eighteen months. He then became a scout in Gen. Forrest’s cavalry, receiving many wounds, and now carrying a bullet imbedded in his hand. He traveled after the war considerably, and, in 1869 came to Union County and purchased a tannery. He now has $20,000 invested, and with a capacity of $15,000 worth of leather annually, giving employment to many hands constantly. In 1872 he married Mary F. Floyd, who is a Methodist. Our subject is a Mason, a Democrat, and a prominent man of his region.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.

SMITH, William E. – (b. 1844)

William E. Smith, farmer and stock dealer, was born in Grainger (now Union) County, January 27, 1844, the son of John A. and Emily A. (Buckner) Smith, the former, born in Grainger County, now a resident of Knox County, aged sixty-five years, and the latter, born in Knox County, now aged sixty-three. Both are Baptists, and the father a successful farmer. Our subject, the eldest of a large family, received a common-school education, and remained with his father until November 16,1865, engaged at that time as a clerk. He then married May J., a daughter of John Miller, of this county. Of eight sons and one daughter, two sons are deceased. Our subject bought his present home after his marriage, and now is store-keeper and guager, for the Government, and has been since March, 1886. He is a Democrat, and his wife a Methodist.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.

SMITH, Josiah – (b. 1826)

Josiah Smith, farmer and stock dealer, was born in Grainger (now Union) County, in his present residence July 10, 1826, the son of Josiah and Nancy (Stonely) Smith, the former of Scotch-Irish origin, born in Virginia, and deceased in this county in 1837, aged sixty years, and the latter, born in Pittsylvania County, Va., and deceased in this county, in 1847, aged about sixty-four years, and a member of the Primitive Baptist Church. She was first the widow of William Condray. The father came with his parents, when young, and was in the war of 1812. Our subject has been largely self-educated, and January 15, 1846, married Almeda, a daughter of William and Phoebe (Woolsey) Hubbs, and has five sons and three daughters. Her father was born in Virginia, and served in the Indian removal from the Ocoee Purchase, and died in 1877, aged eighty-three. Her mother was born in Virginia, and is now ninety-one years old. Both were Missionary Baptists. Our subject continued to live on the homestead, to which he has added much. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, and he is a Mason and a Republican.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.

RUSSELL, Josiah – (b. 1833)

Josiah Russell, farmer and stock dealer, was born in Claiborne (now Union) County, April 8, 1833, the son of Edward and Barbara (Graves) Russell, the former born in Virginia, and deceased in 1857 in this county, aged sixty years, and the latter born in North Carolina, now over eighty-five years old. The father came to Claiborne County with his parents, and became a wealthy blacksmith and farmer, and was a major of militia, and a Democrat. Our subject, the second of seven children, remained on the homestead, and helped to educate the children after his father’s death. He dealt in stock first, and after the war bought land, and became a farmer, but since 1877 has lived on his present farm, which he has greatly improved. In 1860 he married Sarah A., a daughter of William Johnston, and of five sons and five daughters two sons are deceased.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.

ROBERTS, James H. – (b. 1832)

James H. Roberts, tanner and farmer, was born in Knox County, October 25, 1832, the son of Henry G. and Rebecca (Harris) Roberts, the former of English-Irish stock, born in Knox County in 1808, and deceased in 1866, and the latter born in Raleigh, N.C., in 1810, and still living, a member of the Presbyterian Church. The father was a farmer. Our subject, the eldest of eight children, received a common education, and when fourteen became a clerk at Woodburn, Knox County, and ten years later entered the stock trade at Chester, S. C., where he had a livery and sale stable, to which be brought stock purchased at home. In 1861 he also engaged in tanning, and was postmaster at Woodburn until 1868, first under the Federal and then under the Confederate Government. In 1863 he also engaged in farming, and is now a magistrate. He lost very much during the war, being twice burned out. January 30, 1852, he married Saphrona, a daughter of Lewis M. Ellis, of Grainger County. They have a large family. Both are Methodists, having joined in 1853. Our subject is a Mason and a Prohibitionist.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.

LEINART, A.L. – (b. 1829)

A. L. Leinart, merchant, was born near Clinton, Tenn., January 16, 1829, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Queener) Leinart, the former of German descent, born January 25, 1805, in Anderson County, and deceased in 1887, and the latter of like origin, born in Campbell County, and deceased in Anderson County, in 1847, a member of the Baptist Church. The father was a successful farmer. Our subject, the second of ten children, was educated at Clinton Academy, and Strawberry Plains College, and taught school for four years. When eighteen years old he joined Company D, Fourth Tennessee Volunteers, and was one year in the Mexican war. In 1856 he erected the first house in Maynardville, and became a merchant until 1861, when he entered Brazleton’s battalion, as second lieutenant in the Confederate Army, and remained for a year. He was wounded while on picket duty near Pinesville, Ky. After the war he became a merchant, as at present. In 1885 he became postmaster. He is a Democrat. March 10, 1857, he married Mary, a daughter of Mark Monroe, who is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Of four sons and four daughters, three of the former and one of the latter are living.

Source: History of Tennessee Containing Historical and Biographical Sketches of Thirty East Tennessee Counties. Illustrated, pp. 1146-1152. Published: Chicago and Nashville: The Goodspeed Publishing Co. 1887.