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.