Biographies from Goodspeed 8

Anderson County Tennessee

Biographies from Goodspeed


G.W. Moore, sheriff of Anderson County, Tenn., and a citizen of the Third District, was born in that county November 17, 1860, the son of D.T. and Elizabeth (Weaver)Moore, both natives of Tennessee. The father was born in 1840, the son of Austin Moore, a native of Virginia. The father was a farmer, and enlisted August 7, 1861, in Company C, Second Federal Tennessee Infantry. He enlisted as private, was promoted sergeant September 28, 1861, was made second lieutenant, and July 15, 1862, recieved the rank of first lieutenant. He was captured at Rogersville November 6, 1863, and imprisoned at Libby Prison, then at Macon, Ga., Charleston and other places, and in 1865 was exchanged. After the wat he returned to this county and resumed farming. He served as trustee of Anderson County, and died in 1870. The mother was born in 1842, the daughter of Benjamin Weaver. She is a Baptist while, he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church. Our subject was reared on the farm, and attended public schools. He served as deputy sheriff during 1885 – 86, and in August, 1886, was elected sheriff of Anderson County, his present position, the youngest of the county officers, and probably the youngest in the State. November 12, 1885, he married Mary Wallace, who was born in 1864 in Anderson County, the daughter of L. Wallace. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. One child has been born to them.

Isaac W. Norcross is senior member of the firm of Norcross & Thomas, saw mill and lumber dealers, of Clinton, Tenn., and was born in Charleston, Me., January 2, 1822, and is the son of Jesse and Nancy (Goban) Norcross. The father was born in Maine, of English parents. He was a millwright and a Baptist minister. The mother was also a native of Maine, and was the daughter of a Frenchman who was sent to America from Marseilles to obtain an English education. He attended the New England schools and for a number of years taught school in Maine. She died in 1824, when our subject was but two years of age. Our subject was reared in Bangor, Me., and was educated in the schools of that city. Early in life he engaged in the lumber business, and has followed the same through life in New England, Canada, Kentucky, and Tennessee, meeting with success. He came to Tennessee in 1884, and established his present business. He was married in Boston, Mass., in 1845, to C.T. Nash, who was born about 1827, and is the daughter of Nathaniel Nash, of Addison, Me. To this union four boys have been born, three of whom are living, two of whom – I.W., Jr., and Frank G. – are engaged in the lumber business in Scott County, Tenn.

R.G.W. Owen (deceased) was born in North Carolina, in 1813. He went to Tennessee when a boy, and located in Carter County, where he remained until 1840, when he removed to Clinton, and seven years later to his late farm, one mile southwest from Clinton. He was the son of Richard and Martha (Wilhoit) Owen, the father an Englishman by birth, who came to America and settled in North Carolina when but fifteen years of age; the mother being a native of North Carolina. In 1841 our subject married Catherine Lones, who was born in 1823 in Knox County, the daughter of Henry Lones, a pioneer of that county. Their children are Martha, now Mrs. D.H. Gallaher; Mary, now Mrs. A.M. Hardin, of California; Sallie deceased wife of G.W. Doughty, of Texas; Amanda, now Mrs. W.H. Whitson, of Clinton; Josephine deceased wife of J.D. Bennett; Margaret, wife of H.B. Bowling, and William L., now living on the homestead with his mother, and managing the farm. He was married in December, 1884, to Onie Young, daughter of Rev. J.H. Young, of Anderson County. They have one child, James Richard, born November 25, 1885. Our subject died in September, 1858. Most of the family are Baptists.

Daniel Pemberton, farmer, was born in Sevier County, Tenn., September 25, 1833. He is the son of North Carolina parents. He was raised on a farm, and received a common-school education. Early in life he farmed. In 1857 he married Miss Martha Markim, born December 28, 1842, daughter of Andy Markim. She was born in Kentucky. To the marriage of our subject have been born five sons and five daughters, one of the latter being deceased: Mary E., Martha N., Tennessee Belle (dead), James E., William G., David Slterman., Alice, Charles M., Birdie A. and John Edward. Our subject commenced in the world without capital, and by energy and perserverance he has climbed to the height of success, and has succeeded in becoming the owner of nearly 500 acres of land in District No. 5, Anderson County, Tenn. He is a close tiller of the soil and raiser of stock. He was farming in Anderson County when the war broke out, but his zealous and patriotic spirit prompted him, and true to his county, he enlisted as private in Company C, Second Tennessee Mounted Infantry. He was in several hard fought battles, at Murfreesboro Fishing Creek and Cumberland Gap. He received an honorable discharge at the close of the war, and returned to his family in Anderson County. With them and on the farm he now owns he has toiled since the war. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and is a good Christian man. He is an honest and ardent Republican, believing his politics right, and his character is without reproach.

L. Jones Price, M.D., was born in Schuylkill County. Penn., April 12, 1856, the son of Jonathan and Elizabeth (Jones) Price, natives of Wales. They came to America when children, were married in Pa, March 24, 1834, and of their six sons and six daughters our subject is the youngest. The father was born November 11, 1811, in Istelyfern Cwm Tourch, and died June 21, 1857, in Schuylkill County, Penn., The mother was born October 17, 1816, in Blanavon, Morganwgshire, and died in Knoxville, Tenn., April 10, 1885. Our subject’s early life was spent in his native county on the farm, and in the coal regions. He graduated with first honors in the grammar school at Cattasaugua, Penn., in 1870, at the age of fourteen. Then for one year he clerked there in a drug store, and on June 17, 1871, he moved to Knoxville, Tenn., with his mother. Here he was employed for a short time in the rolling mills, and later became a clerk in the store of the Knoxville Iron Company, at Knoxville and Coal Creek. In 1875 he attended a term at the University of East Tennessee, at Knoxville, and then returned and clerked in his old place for another year. A beneficiary scholarship to the Hospital College of Medicine, Louisville, Ky., received from Horace Maynard, enabled him to attend and graduate from that institution with second honors, in 1877; and in 1877-78 he practiced at Coal Creek, and then removed to St. Clair, Penn., and practiced there for one year, and then received a position as resident physician in Dr. Walker’s Hygiene Sanitarium, at Wernersville, Penn. He left there two years later, and visited Knoxville, Tenn., and Texas, and in January, 1882, located at Coal Creek, where he has since contained practice. On May 29, 1879, he married Ella Caldwell, of Knoxville, daughter of John E. Caldwell. Their two daughters are Levena, born February 18, 1880; and Florence, born September 23, 1883. Our subject has been United States pension examiner for this county. He is a Republican, and a friend of labor. He is a Master Mason, Odd Fellow, and belongs to the Knights of Honor, is a member of the Welsh Congregational Church, at Knoxville; a stockholder in the Knoxville Furniture Company. He is a self-made man, and has acquired professional ability and wealth under disadvantages.

Goodspeed’s pages 1117 – 1119

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