Goodspeed Biographies of Greene County, Tennessee

 
 
J. C. Ayres, farmer. was born near Warrensburg. Tenn., April 16. 1830, the son of Samuel O. and Hannah (Bewley) Ayres, the former born on the James River, in Virginia, and serving in the war of 1812, and on the lakes at the last of the war. whence, in returning to his home in Alabama, he was led to locate in Greene County. where he became a most successful farmer. The mother. a daughter of Anthony Bewley was born in Washington County; the father was a Baptist and the mother a Methodist. Our subject left the farm and school and. in 1862. joined the (Confederate) Thirty-first Tennessee Infantry, and after the fall of Vicksburg, was paroled and returned home. but six months later went to Knoxville. and remained within the Federal lines until. the close, yet did not enlist. He has farmed ever since the war, and now owns a fine farm of 245 acres,  divided into two farms really.  For twenty years he traded extensively in stock. but has now abandoned it almost.  He donated a lot for the Masonic Hall and public school at Warrensburgh. and also the lot for Mary's Chapel Methodist Church there.  December 28, 1871. he married Mary D.. a daughter of Daniel Jones, of Cocke County.  In 1845, her birth occurred. Their children are Daniel. horn February 13, 1873;  Samuel C., born September 15, 1875; Thomas D.. born April 10, 1878; Nancy J.  born September 27, 1880; and Mary D., born April 18. 1883. and died the same day. He and his wife are Methodists.

Marion L. Bailey, a farmer of the Eleventh District. was horn in 1827 in Greene County, where he has since resided. He began life for himself when twenty-one years old, in only moderate circumstances. and the most of what he is now worth is the fruit of his own industry and good management.  He owns a farm of 200 acres. He was married December 9, 1847, to Miss Sarah H. Williams. a daughter of Rev. Benjamin and Nancy Williams, natives of Pennsylvania and Greene Counties, Tenn., respectively. Nine children have blessed their union: Alexander H., Elizabeth A., Nancy P., Thomas M., Henrietta M., John M., Caroline M.. Joseph B. and Lyvia S.  Mr. and Mrs. Bailey are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, in which Mr. Bailey is a local minister. Mr. Bailey is a Republican in politics.  He is the eldest of nine children born to Thomas and Henrietta (Keel) Bailey, natives of Greene and Jefferson (now Hamblen) Counties, respectively.  Mrs. Bailey was a daughter of William and Lyvia A. Reel.  Thomas Bailey was a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Bailey, natives of Londondery, Ireland, and North Carolina, respectively. Thomas Bailey, Sr.. immigrated to America, about 1775, with his brother. Cloud Bailey, who went to Middle Tennessee, and raised a family, and died there.  Thomas Bailey, Sr., settled in East Tennessee. where he lived and died.

G. N. Bailey, M. D., was born October 9, 1831. in Greene County, where he has since resided. He received an academical education, and read medicine with Dr. J. R. Young. He began practice, and since 1860 has been at his present location, with marked success, professionally and financially.  He owns a fine home.  In September, 1854. he married Sarah, a daughter of Thomas and Sarah McAmis, of this county. and of Irish descent. Their children are James A., Thomas Y., Rufus K., Martha I., Ella C., B. K., G. N., Mary H., Benson M. and John V.  He is a Methodist, and his wife is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church.  He is a Republican. He is the fourth of nine children of Thomas and Henrietta (Keel) Bailey, natives of Hamblen. County, the former a justice for about eighteen years, and. an excellent farmer.  Thomas Bailey, of Ireland. was the next ancestor. He moved to near Chapel Hill, N. C., and entered land in our subject's locality about 1775.

George A. Bailey. merchant, farmer and stock dealer, was born July 4, 1846, on his present farm. When eighteen he began for himself. and now owns 280 acres, besides other lands, and a stock of goods.  November 6, 1866, he married Mary A., a daughter of 'William and Eliza (Armitage) Reed, natives of Greene County.  Their children were Ninnie L., Willie R., Thomas K. (deceased), Florence B., Alexander H., Martha H. (deceased) and Carrie E. (twins), John M. Bessie M., Lura L., and George B.  Both are Methodists, and he is a Republican, and a Master Mason.  He is the youngest of nine children of Thomas and Henrietta Bailey, the former a justice for many years. For a sketch of the parents see above.

Christian Bible, a farmer in the Eighth District, was born in 1821 in the locality where he has since resided.  He began life for himself in quite limited circumstances, and the property he now owns is the result of his own industry and good management. He owns upward of 800 acres where he resides. He was married February 6. 1842, to Miss Louisa Tucker, a daughter of Abraham Tucker, a native of Washington County.  Seven children have blessed this union: Mary E., now Mrs. Mysinger; Noah L., deceased; Martha E., now Mrs. Myers; Lydia, now Mrs. Harmon; Louisa J., deceased; Surrena E., now Mrs. Kinser; and Nathan H.  Mr. and Mrs. Bible arc members of the Lutheran Church, and Mr. Bible is a Republican and was a stanch Union man.  He is a member of the G. A. R.  He is the ninth of eleven children of Adam and Elizabeth , (Neas) Bible.  Adam Bible and wife were of German descent. He was a very successful farmer and was a son of Christian Bible, one of the earliest settlers of Greene County, Tenn.  Christian Bible, Jr., our subject, enlisted in 1863 in Company F. Fourth Tennessee Infantry, of the Federal Army, and served until the close of the war.  He had one son, Noah L., in the Union Army, who died at Nashville while in the service.

Capt. John C. Bible, a prominent farmer, was born in Greene County. on his present farm, March 21, 1840, the son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Wilson) Bible, the former born in 1797. Philip, the next ancestor, was born in Virginia. September 5, 1763, and came to Tennessee October 17, 1791, settling on the Little Chucky. The father was a prominent farmer, and a bold Unionist. He died in July, 1861, a member of the Presbyterian Church. The mother, born near Greeneville, March 27, 1798, was the daughter of John Wilson. a Greene County farmer.  She was a Presbyterian also, and died March 7,1867. Our subject grew up with rural advantages, and on June 11, 1863, joined Company A. Fifth Federal Tennessee Cavalry, afterward the Eighth Tennessee Cavalry, of which he became sergeant, and afterward second lieutenant. About March 20, 1865, he was made captain of Company. G, and was engaged in the second seige of Knoxville, at Morristown, Bull's Gap, Blountville, Salt Works, Va., Salisbury, N. C., Morgantown, N. C., Marion. Va., and numerous skirmishes.  On September 20, 1865, he was mustered out at Knoxville. He has since been farming, is now owner of about 450 acres in Chucky Valley, and has always declined the solicitations of public offices. On November 14, 1866, he married Eleanor, a daughter of Samuel Steele, one of the most prominent farmers of Chucky Valley.  She was born in Greene County, May 16, 1841. Their children are Alvin, born December 21, 1868; Flora, born May 31, 1871; Edgar, born April 3, 1873; Jesse, born October 15, 1877; Hubert, born November 26, 1879, and Murphy, born June 8, 1883. Both arc Presbyterians.

Capt. Thomas Bible. The ancestor, Christian Bible, of German descent, was born in Rockingham County, Va. He immigrated to Tennessee. was a pioneer of Greene County, and settled in Little Chucky Valley. His son, John Bible, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Virginia, in 1776, and came to Tennessee with his father, and was a second lieutenant, in Capt. Jones' Company, in the war of 1312; and he was highly esteemed until his death. Christian Bible, Jr., (the father of our subject, and the son of John), was born on Little Chucky, March 13, 1804; he grew up in the country, is a successful farmer, and aged eighty-three years. In 1826 he married Mary, a daughter of Christian Bowers, a native of Virginia. She was born in 1805, and died in 1869; was a member of the Lutheran Church, was a faithful wife, and a devoted mother. Of the six children, our subject is the youngest, and was born on Little Chucky, April 26, 1840.

He was reared a farmer, among rural advantages. From boyhood he was a hitter opponent to slavery, and State rights, devoted to the union of States. the flag and our free institutions. At the age of twenty-two years he scouted through the Confederate lines to Kentucky, and on December 1. 1862, joined Company C, Eighth Tennessee Infantry United States Army; he was mustered as second sergeant, May 13, 1863; appointed and commissioned captain, December 3, 1863. by Andrew Johnson, military governor, of Tennessee, and served in that capacity until the close of the war, and was present and took part in the following noted battles: Siege of Knoxville, Tenn., Buzzard Roost Mountain. Resaca (May 14, 1864), Burnt Hickory, Kenesaw Mountain, and at the taking of Atlanta. Ga., at Columbia.  Franklin (November 30, 1864), Nashville, Tenn. (December 15 and 16. 1864), and at the surrender of Gen. Joseph Johnston, at Greensboro, N. C., April 26, 1865. He was mustered out June 30, 1865. He served as deputy sheriff, in Greene County, in 1867-68, and was elected from said county, to a seat in the Forty-third General Assembly of Tennessee, in 1882, and served with satisfaction. In 1884 he declined re-election, and has been devoted to farming ever since, on the old homestead, on Little Chucky. Greene County.  On October 26. 1876, he married Martha J.. a daughter of Jonathan H. Easterly, of Greene County. She was born April 22. 1841, and is a member of the Lutheran Church. Their children are Edwin A.. horn May 18. 1878. and Zulu Z.. born December 26. 1879.

Capt. Thomas Bible. The ancestor, Christian Bible, of German descent, was born in Rockingham County, Va. He immigrated to Tennessee, was a pioneer of Greene County, and settled in Little Chucky Valley. His son, John Bible, the grandfather of our subject, was born in Virginia, in 1776, and came to Tennessee with his father, and was a second lieutenant, in Capt. Jones' Company, in the war of 1812; and he was highly esteemed until his death.  Christian Bible, Jr., (the father of our subject, and the son of John), was born on Little Chucky, March 13, 1804; he grew up in the country, is a successful farmer, and aged eighty-three years. In 1826 he married Mary, a daughter of Christian Bowers, a native of Virginia. She was born in 1805, and died in 1869; was a member of the Lutheran Church, was a faithful wife, and a devoted mother.  Of the six children, our subject is the youngest, and was born on Little Chucky, April 26, 1840.

He was reared a farmer, among rural advantages. From boyhood he was a hitter opponent to slavery, and State rights, devoted to the union of States, the flag and our free institutions.  At the age of twenty-two years he scouted through the Confederate lines to Kentucky, and on December 1. 1862, joined Company C, Eighth Tennessee Infantry United States Army; he was mustered as second sergeant, May 13, 1863; appointed and commissioned captain, December 3, 1863, by Andrew Johnson, military governor, of Tennessee, and served in that capacity until the close of the war, and was present and took part in the following noted battles: Siege of Knoxville, Tenn., Buzzard Roost Mountain, Resaca (May 14, 1864), Burnt Hickory, Kenesaw Mountain, and at the taking of Atlanta. Ga., at Columbia.  Franklin (November 30, 1864), Nashville, Tenn. (December 15 and 16. 1864), and at the surrender of Gen. Joseph Johnston, at Greensboro, N. C., April 26, 1865.  He was mustered out June 30, 1865. He served as deputy sheriff, in Greene County, in 1867-68, and was elected from said county, to a seat in the Forty-third General Assembly of Tennessee, in 1882, and served with satisfaction.  In 1884 he declined re-election, and has been devoted to farming ever since, on the old homestead, on Little Chucky. Greene County.  On October 26. 1876, he married Martha J.. a daughter of Jonathan H. Easterly, of Greene County. She was born April 22. 1841, and is a member of the Lutheran Church. Their children are Edwin A., horn May 18. 1878. and Zulu Z., born December 26. 1879.

W. C. Black. farmer, was born in Botetourt County, Va., April 19, 1826. the son of Christopher and Nancy (Good) Black, the former a native of Maryland, a carpenter. and a soldier of the war of 1812. The mother was born in Maryland, and has had six sons and four daughters.  Our subject, the youngest; was reared on a farm and educated in the county schools of Roanoke County, Va. When he reached his majority he worked nine years in the wollen mills at Bonsack's, Va.  He then worked at the carpenter's trade until recently, and has followed farming for the last fourteen years.  Since 1860 he has lived at his present home.  In 1855 he married Barbara Bair, of Virginia.  Of their three sons and seven daughters. two of the former and five of the latter are living.  Our subject is a Methodist, and is Postmaster at Fallen's.  He is also a justice. and is a man who has become prosperous in spite of obstacles.

John R. Boyd, M. D., was born in Jonesboro, Tenn., in 1850, and is the son of Jeremiah and Mary M. (Fitzimmons) Boyd. both of whom were natives of Virginia. Jeremiah came to Tennessee when a young man, and located at Jonesboro, Washington County, where he followed the cabinet maker's trade all his life, and is at present a citizen of that place. The mother died in 1885. The subject of this sketch was reared in Jonesboro, Tenn., and attended Martin Academy at that place, and at the Kingston schools. After finishing school he learned the cabinet maker's trade under his father, and worked at the same for a period of seven years, and then read medicine at Jonesboro under Dr. Wheeler.  He attended the College of Physicians and Surgeons, at Baltimore, Md., from which he graduated in 1870.  He then practiced his profession at Jonesboro for about a year, and his health failing him he next removed to the country.  In the spring of 1874 he removed to Greenville, and began practicing, and has continued uninterruptedly up to the present.  He is one of the most skilled surgeons in this section of the country, and as such stands at the head of his profession in Greene County, while as a physician of learning and experience he ranks with the leading ones of the country, having a large and increasing practice. In the fall of 1882 he formed a co-partnership with W. C. Brown, and engaged in the drug business at Greeneville, under the firm name of Boyd & Brown.  In March, 1887, Mr. Brown retired from the firm, his successor being John Parks and under the firm name of Boyd & Park the business is now conducted. This firm's, establishment is one of the most complete drug houses to be found in the State outside of the large cities. A complete line of drugs and fancy goods is carried, and a prescription department is also conducted, being in charge of an able and competent prescriptionist.  A large and beautiful mineral water fountain forms quite a summer feature of the establishment. and a line of fine cigars is also carried. Our subject was united in marriage in the fall of 1872 to Ellen Byrd, who was born in Washington County, Tenn., in 1861, and is the daughter of Amos Byrd. To this union five children have been born.

James H. Bright, a merchant and farmer of the Sixteenth District., was born in 1826, at Abingdon, Va., and when small was brought by, his parents to his present location. When twenty-two years old he began life for himself, a poor man, and what he is now worth is the fruit of his own industry and good management. He has followed farming. merchandising and dealing in fine stock; in the latter he dealt very extensively, and was eminently successful. He has driven as many as 850 cattle through to Virginia markets in one drove, and has shipped as many as 1,900 in one fall season.  He owns a good farm of 298 acres, and has given considerable property to his children.  He enlisted in 1863, in Capt. Dodd's Company, Eighty-first Tennessee Cavalry, C. S. A., and altogether served one year's time.  He was married in 1848, to Miss Nancy McMackin, a daughter of James McMackin, a native of Washington County.  One child was born to this union, and died unnamed.  Mrs. Bright died in January, 1850.  He was married a second time, in the fall of 1850, to Miss Matilda Tedlock, a daughter of John Tedlock, a native of Washington County.  Seven children blessed their union:  Sarah J., Mary E. (deceased), George W., William D., Jacob A., John C. Breckinridge (deceased) and James Houston (deceased).  Mr. and Mrs. Bright are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and Mr. Bright is a Democrat in politics, casting his. first presidential vote for the Democratic candidate in 1848.  He is the first-born of twins of David and Sallie (Morelock) Bright, natives of Virginia and Greene County. respectively.  Mr. Bright came to this locality when a boy.  He was colonel of the State militia.  Mr. and Mrs. Bright were of German descent.  He was a very successful farmer all his life.  He was a son of Michael and Louisa Bright, natives of Reading, Penn.  He was magistrate for many years.  He immigrated to Greene County, Tenn.. about 1800. Mrs. Sallie Bright died, and Mr. David Bright then married Lydia Collier, by which union ten children were born.

Col. A. J. Brown, the subject of this sketch, is a native of Washington County. Tenn., and born at Jonesboro December 16, 1834, and is the son of Eunich and Anna Rebecca (McMahan) Brown. The father was a native of Washington County, Tenn., born May 10, 1810. and died September 15, 1879.  He was reared as a farmer, which together with teaming - farmed for the greater work of his life. When the civil war broke out he enlisted in Company I, Eighth Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry, was made second lieutenant of his company, and served throughout the war. At the close of the war he returned to Washington, Tenn.. where he farmed until his death in 1879. The mother of our subject was horn in Baltimore, Md., and was married twice. Her first husband was Isaac George, of Baltimore, who died in East. Tennessee. Unto this first marriage were born three children.  Her second husband was the father of our subject, and unto her second marriage were born three children—two sisters and a brother. Our subject is this brother, was reared in Jonesboro, and was educated in Jonesboro Academy and Washington College. After his literary education was completed be began the study of law, under Chief Justice J. W. Deaderick, of Jonesboro, and was admitted to the bar in 1858.  He commenced the practice of his profession in the same year, and continued up to the breaking out of the civil war.  In 1863 he entered the Federal Army, and became lieutenant-colonel of the Eighth Tennessee Volunteer Cavalry; he resigned in May, 1865, returned to Jonesboro, Tenn., and resumed the practice of law, which be continued until 1886, when he was elected judge of the first judicial circuit of Tennessee.  In 1880 he was elected to the State Senate., and served one term.  On September 25, 1862, he was united in marriage with Miss Agnes M. Wilds, daughter of John A. Wilds, and to this union have been born six  sons and four daughters.  Our subject is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and has been ruling elder for several years. He is a Master Mason, a Knight of Honor, and a member of the G. A. R. He is a self-made man.  His father was a poor man, and our subject had no advantages of money to educate himself, but earned the money that defrayed the expenses of his education.

 
 

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