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The Goodspeed Publishing Co., History of Tennessee, 1887
Biographical Sketches, Warren County

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        Hamilton Neal, farmer of Warren County, and now a resident of the Fourth Civil District, is the son of William and Hannah Neal. The father was a native Virginian, born November 10, 1777, and of English extraction. His parents immigrated to Tennessee when William was quite young, and here he married Hannah Jones, a native of Virginia born September 17, 1773. They came to White County, Tenn., in 1806, and were among the first settlers of the county. They were both members of the Baptist Church, and died in 1865 and 1860 respectively. Our subject was born in the Fourth Civil District of Warren County, Tenn., September 20, 1812, and was the eighth of ten children. He married Sallie Forrest, a native of Warren County, born April, 1806. She was a member of the Baptist Church, and died April, 1853. Their family consisted of the following children: Elizabeth, Hannah, Martha, Katherine, O. D. and John M. Those deceased are Mary Martha, and 0. D.; the last named was born September 2, 1842, and in the spring of 1861 enlisted in the Confederate service, Sixteenth Tennessee Infantry, under Col. Savage. He died at Huntersville Hospital, September 3, 1861. December 11, 1854, our subject married Nancy Ann Burnett, a native of McMinn County, Tenn., born September, 1827, and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. This marriage resulted in the birth of these children: Jennie, Nancy Ann, Hamilton, Lula, Jesse E., P. L., Joseph B. and Robert L. Our subject is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, a good citizen and a Democrat in politics.


        A. Northcutt, planter of Warren County, was born in this county, April 9, 1837, the fourth child of James and Susan (Hammons) Northcutt, both natives of Tennessee. The father was born about 1810, was a successful farmer, owning before the war fourteen slaves. He began life poor, paying for his first horse, by picking cotton in Mississippi. At the time of his death his property was valued at $16,000, although he had lost considerable by trusting his friends, and on this account at one time was in debt $4,000. Very little was known of his parents, but they are supposed to have come from England. He died in 1866. The mother's death occurred in 1868. Our subject was reared on a farm and at the age of twenty-one years began farming on his own resources and is now an extensive stock raiser. In January, 1867, Mr. Northcutt wedded E. W. King, a daughter of Wilson and Elizabeth (Cellers) King, of Warren County, and to them have been born two children: Sanford, born March 16, 1868, and Susan A., whose birth occurred June 28, 1878. Father, mother and children are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Northcutt served three years as school director and is much interested in educational institutions. His son is attending the Southern Normal at Bowling Green, Ky., and his daughter, the Viola Normal College. He is a stanch Democrat in politics.


        Daniel Osborn, a prosperous planter of this county and a resident of McMinnville, was born October 6, 1822, in Wayne County, Ind. His father, Daniel Osborn, Sr., was born about the year 1792, at Long Island, N. Y., engaged during life at the different occupations of teaching, merchandising and farming, was a Universalist in religion and died in 1849, in Sioux County, Wis. Mary Washington, his wife and the mother of our subject. was a native of England, came to the United States with her parents when fourteen years old, and at an early day settled in Indiana, where she became Mrs. Osborn about the year 1820. She was a Baptist and died in Iowa, in 1876. Our subject is the eldest of twelve children. He obtained a fair education in youth, worked at the mechanic's trade for a time, but in 1852 began merchandising in Richland County, Wis., where he remained eight years. He then moved to Grant County, where he sold goods about four years, then went to Dexter, Iowa, and still later to Des Moines. He remained in the latter city five years as merchant, and in 1876 moved to McMinnville, Tenn., which has since been his home, and near which he owns a farm of 176 acres. He also owns two farms of 250 acres near McMinnville, and two fine residences in town. A large portion of his fund are in bonds. He wedded Miss Mary, daughter of Abraham Heed, March 31, 1858, and by her is the father of four children, only one, Daniel, now living. The mother was born in Belmont County, Ohio, December 28, 1836, and is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Osborn is a Universalist in belief.

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