James Britton (1798-1865)

Member of Tennessee Senate, 27th and 28th General Assemblies, 1847-51; representing Greene and Hawkins counties; HOUSE, 33rd and 34th General Assemblies, 1859-63; representing Greene County in 33rd Assembly; Greene, Hancock, Hawkins and Jefferson counties in the 34th; Democrat. Born in Greene County on April 9, 1798; son of Daniel Britton. No information on extent of schooling; occupation: farmer at Greeneville, Greene County. The maiden name of his wife, Joanne W., a native of Virginia, is not known. Children — Louisa (Mrs. Blackstone McDaniel), Martha, Hannah E., Nancy A., Mary A., James, and Virginia Britton; there were possibly others. Sheriff of Greene County, 1840-46. Presidential elector, 1860. Died in Greene County on February 18, 1865; buried in Old Greeneville Cemetery.

Sources: Goodspeed, History of Greene County, 890, 1252; Acklen, Tombstone Records, 134; Greene County Tombstone Records, 72-73; U. S. Census, 1860, Greene County.

Transcribed by Mildred Collins from published biographies of Tennessee Legislators, compiled and printed by the TN State Library & Archives.

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