BIOGRAPHIES OF HICKMAN COUNTY'S PEOPLEA biography is an account of somebody's life written by somebody else, complete with details of the most important parts.
ALLEN, Alexander Monroe, physician; born Hickman Co., Tenn., Nov. 8, 1850; son of B. S. and Damaris (Tidwell) ALLEN; Scotch-Irish descent; educated University of Nashville and graduated from same with degree of M. D. in 1874; married twice, first Elizabeth KANNON Oct. 3, 1876, second Laura DEANE Feb. 6, 1890; member of F. and A. M.; Democrat; ex-president of Hickman County Medical Society, also the Giles Medical Society; member of Tennessee Medical Association and American Medical Association; took post-graduate course in Vanderbilt University in 1886; post-graduate in New York Polyclinic in 1896, also 1897; member of the Methodist church.
ALLEN, Archibald Y., real estate dealer; born Hickman Co., Tenn., Oct. 29, 1875; Scotch-Irish descent; son of John H. and Delana J. (BOOKER) ALLEN; paternal grandparents William T. and Mary P. (BEASLEY) ALLEN, maternal grandparents Willis J. and Eliza (BEASLEY) BOOKER: educated in common schools of Obion Co., Tenn.; in early life he was cashier Mechlenberg County Savings Bank & Trust Co., Greenville, Ky., and later of Memphis, Tenn.; at present he is engaged in real estate deals and secretary of Forest Hill Cemetery Co.; married Fannie R. ELLISON, Dec. 12, 1899; member of K. of P. Progress Lodge No. 39, Memphis, Tenn.; Republican; member of Linden Ave. Christian church, Memphis, Tenn., and secretary of board of same.
AYDELOTT, A. F., judge of the county court of Hickman county; born Sunrise, Tenn., Dec. 22, 1860; Scotch-Irish descent; son of M. P. and Ruth E. (Satterfield) AYDELOTT; father’s occupation, farmer; paternal grandfather Abner F. AYDELOTT, paternal grandmother Martha (Peery) AYDELOTT, maternal grandfather David SATTERFIELD, maternal grandmother Rebecca (Gresham) SATTERFIELD; received common school education; graduated Danville, Ind., with degrees of A. B. and LL. B. Aug. 2, 1893; member Knights of Pythias and W. O. W.; married Carrie THORNBURG Aug. 3, 1893; Democrat; in early life worked on a farm and taught school; cashier of Hickman Co. Bank Centreville (Tenn.) three years; member of Cumberland Presbyterian church.
BASTIN, Wyatt H., farmer; born in Hickman Co., Tenn., Sept. 15, 1841; son of Thomas and Nancy (Johnson) BASTIN; received common school education in Hickman Co., Tenn.; married Mary D. DEPRIESTE Aug. 12, 1866; Republican; Justice of the Peace of Lewis Co., Tenn.; served in the Confederate army during civil war with rank of 2nd Sergeant Co. D, 9th Bat. Cavalry; in early life engaged in farming and stock raising, now engaged in farming at Hohenwald, Tenn.
BATES, Douglas Thompson, attorney at law; born Centreville, Tenn., May 25, 1882; Norman French, Scotch-Irish and English descent; son of Jasper Alonzo and Cordelia Emma (Clagett) BATES; father’s occupation, lawyer; paternal grandfather Lewis BATES, paternal grandmother Agnes (Lancaster) BATES, maternal grandfather William George CLAGETT, maternal grandmother Elizabeth (Hornbeak) CLAGETT; educated at Centreville Training School and graduated with degree of LL. B. from Cumberland University June 1903; began life on a farm; later worked in publisher’s office, and later mine foreman; married Annie Willie HUDDLESTON Nov. 6, 1907; member of Knights of Pythias, Masons and Modern Woodmen of America; past chancellor and grand representative of Knights of Pythias, junior warden Masons, and past consul M. W. of A.; Democrat; county attorney of Hickman county from May, 1909 to Sept., 1910 appointed by county judge and did not stand for election; lieutenant Co. I, National Guards State of Tennessee 1904–05, resigned; member of Cumberland Presbyterian church; engaged in the practice of law at Centreville.
BATES, Jasper A., lawyer; born Whitfield, Tenn., Jan. 15, 1848; son of Lewis and Agnes E. (Lancaster) BATES; received academic education in the schools of Hickman Co., Tenn.; graduated in law department Cumberland University, Lebanon, Tenn., with degree of B. L. in June, 1875; in early life was a farmer, later became a school teacher; was State Senator Tenn. Senate 1894-1896; Justice of the Peace 1882-8; chairman of Hickman Co. (Tenn.) Court Jan., 1883-Jan., 1888; private in the 10th Tenn. Confederate Cavalry (or mounted inf.) Nov., 1864, to close of civil war in May, 1865; stockholder and director in the Citizens’ National Bank, Centerville, Tenn.; for the past fifteen years counsel for the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis R. R.; married Cordelia E. CLAGETT May 3, 1876; member of F. & A. M.; Independent, Sound Money Democrat; member of M. E. church, South; engaged in the practice of law at Centerville, Tenn.
BEASLEY, Robert C., farmer; born Warner, Tenn., March 15, 1857; son of Jo and Narcisa (BEASLEY); father’s occupation farmer, merchant and Sheriff of Hickman Co., Tenn.; received common school education; began farming in early life, and clerked six years for the Southern Iron Co., and was in the mercantile business at Pleasantville, Tenn., ten years; Independent Democrat; former Justice of the Peace 10th Dist. Hickman Co., Tenn., eight years, resigned to move to 8th District and served as Justice of the Peace of that Dist. five years; member of the Church of Christ. Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee: A Biographical Reference Book of Notable Tennesseans of To-Day. Memphis: Paul & Douglas Co, 1911.
BURCHARD, James C., farmer; born Whitfield, Tenn., Feb. 323, 1848; English-Irish descent; son of Abram C. and Sarah (Flowers) BURCHARD; father’s occupation farmer and banker; paternal grandparents William and Ruth (Curl) BURCHARD; maternal grandparents William and Polly (Hughes) FLOWERS; educated in the rural schools of Tenn.; entered farming in early life and later entered the mercantile business; at present he is dealing in live stock, timber lands, milling, merchandising and farming; married Mary MURPHREE, June 17, 1875; Democrat; member of Cumberland Presbyterian church. Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee: A Biographical Reference Book of Notable Tennesseans of To-Day. Memphis: Paul & Douglas Co, 1911.
CLAGETT, Horatio, banker; born Hickman Co., Tenn., Jan. 18, 1819; English descent; son of Horatio and Rebecca (Gautt) CLAGETT; father’s occupation, farmer; began business career as a merchant; helped to organize and became president of First National Bank of Centerville, Tenn., in 1883, which position he now holds; married Elizabeth MONTGOMERY in 1846; member of I. O. O. F. and F. & A. M.; before the war was an Old Line Whig, now a Democrat; member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South.
CLAGETT, Robert Horatio, editor; born Centerville, Tenn., May 31, 1888; English and Dutch descent; son of Robert Montgomery and Tommie (Easley) CLAGETT; father’s occupation Clerk and Master of Chancery Court and insurance man; paternal grandparents Horatio and Elizabeth (Montgomery) CLAGETT, maternal grandparents Thomas S. and Jennie (Huddleston) Easley; educated public schools of Hickman Co. and Columbia Military Academy, Columbia, Tenn.; graduated from latter institution in 1908; began business career as professor of history Wesley College, Terrell, Texas; Assistant Sergt. at Arms State Senate of Tenn. in 1905; established Hickman Co. Citizen, a weekly newspaper, Centerville, Tenn., July, 1910, is now editor and co-proprietor of same; member of Knights of Pythias, Masons and Modern Woodmen of America; member Episcopal church; Democrat (Independent).
COOK, William Loch, lawyer, judge of the ninth judicial circuit; born Bon Aqua, Tenn., Dec. 6, 1869; English Scotch descent; son of William and Elizabeth (Weems) COOK; father’s occupation, teacher; paternal grandfather Lewis COOK, paternal grandmother Jane (Owen) COOK, maternal grandfather Nathaniel C. WEEMS, maternal grandmother Eleanor A. (Hatton) WEEMS; educated county schools of Montgomery county and Vanderbilt law department; in early life engaged in farming and teaching; married Nannie Clemens COLLIER Dec. 16, 1897; member of F. & A. M. and I. O. O. F.; representative in the Lower House in the Fiftieth General Assembly of Tennessee from Dickson Co.; elected Aug., 1908, as judge of the Ninth judicial circuit to succeed Judge R. L. PECK, re-elected for full term 1910; aid on staff of Gov. R. L. TAYLOR 1897-8 rank of colonel; member of M. E. Church, South.
DERRYBERRY, Thomas Jefferson, druggist; born Dec. 17, 1861; German descent; son of James Liggett and Sarah (Hardison) DERRYBERRY; father’s occupation, farmer and stock raiser; paternal grandfather William DERRYBERRY, paternal grandmother Mary (Long) DERRYBERRY, maternal grandfather James HARDISON, maternal grandmother Polly HARDISON; educated in public schools of Maury county; began business career as clerk in a retail store; married Birdie WESTMORELAND Dec. 5, 1898; nonpartisan in politics; been in the drug business for twenty-five years; member of the Church of Christ; interested in educational and Christian enterprises.
EASLEY, James Thomas, banker; born Dickson, Tenn., July 24, 1872; Scotch-Irish descent; son of John W. and Elizabeth (Sugg) EASLEY; father’s occupation, farming; paternal grandparents Robin and Mary (Parker) EASLEY, maternal grandparents J. H. and Susan (Lewis) SUGG; educated in Kentucky and Georgia; graduated in Georgia with A. B. degree, June, 1892; in early life he was a school teacher; married Susan E. SANDERS, June 27, 1897; member Masons, K. P., I. O. O. F., W. O. W., M. W. A.; Democrat; member M. E. Church, South; cashier of the Littlelot Bank & Trust Co. since 1902.
FLOWERS, William Valentine, Treasurer Draughon’s Business College; born Cable, Hickman County, Tenn., April 1st, 1870; Irish descent; son of David Douglas and Mary (Curl) FLOWERS; father was a physician; educated Haynes & McLean High School, Lewisburg, Tenn., graduating from this school June, 1891; married Mrs. Lista COONEY, November 11, 1898; he was reared on a farm in Hickman County and taught in the public schools of that county in early life; was later a traveling salesman; was elected to Legislature in 1894, serving one term; studied and practiced law at Centerville, Tenn., until January, 1898; came to Nashville in 1898 and abandoned law for a business career, having been Treasurer of Draughon’s Business College for the past three years; is a member of Cumberland Lodge No. 8, F. & A. M., Scottish Rite Masons. Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee: A Biographical Reference Book of Notable Tennesseans of To-Day. Memphis: Paul & Douglas Co, 1911.
FOWLKES, Henry Pleasant, lawyer; born Hickman Co., Tenn., Oct. 22, 1843; English-Scotch-Irish and German descent; son of Henry R. and Susan A. (Bussell) FOWLKES; father’s occupation farmer and merchant; paternal grandparents Gabriel and Jeney (Hyde) FOWLES; maternal grandparents Pleasant and Docie (Mayberry) BUSSELL; educated at Franklin, Tenn., and Princeton, N. J., graduated from the latter with degree of A. B. in 1868, and A. M., in 1871; married twice, first Bettie MARTIN Nov. 2, 1869; second Mrs. L. T. CARUTHERS Sept. 9, 1890; member K. of P.; Democrat; represented Maury and Williamson Counties in lower house General Assembly of Tenn., in 1879; was Speaker of the House; President Board of Trustees Battle Ground Academy; member of Presbyterian church, and has been Elder of same for thirty-five years; has practiced law at Franklin, Tenn., since his retirement from Legislature in 1879; Trustee of Central Hospital for the Insane for 20 years.
JARRATT, William Vincent, minister; born Hickman County, Tenn., February 17, 1863; English-Irish descent; son of William Daniel and Mary (Carter) JARRATT; father, farmer and physician; paternal grandparents Daniel and Elizabeth (Clanton) JARRATT, maternal grandparents Abraham and Mary (Bray) CARTER; educated in city schools of Nashville; graduated from Masonic Institute, Sante Fe., Tenn., May 27, 1887. with B.S. degree; began life as a farmer and teacher, being Superintendent of Public Instruction Hickman County, Tenn., 1890-91; married twice, first, Cora L. TARKINGTON, March 16, 1890; second, Nannie Belle PORTER, June 9, 1892; member Masons, having attained rank of Knight Templar; also member of Pythian Lodge; joined Methodist Episcopal Church, South, August 29, 1885; licensed to preach September, 1891; joined Tennessee Conference and received first appointment November, 1891; became Presiding Elder October, 1904, holding that office until late session of Conference, when he was appointed to the pastorate of Monroe Street Church, Nashville.
KNIGHT, W. A., attorney at law; born Smith Co., Tenn., May 12, 1870; English descent; son of John A. and Elizabeth (Matthews) Knight; father’s occupation, farmer; received common school education in Southern Ky.; graduated with degree of LL. B. in 1893; began business career as a teacher; married Fannie BAXTER Dec. 21, 1898; Democrat; member of the state Democratic executive committee from 1908 to 1910; member of the law firm of Knight & Beasley since 1898; engaged in the practice of law at Centreville.
LANCASTER, William Henry, farmer; born Hickman Co., Tenn., March 20, 1844; English descent; son of Gabriel and Martha J. (Cotham) LANCASTER; father was a minister of the gospel; educated in the Perry Co. (Tenn.) country schools; entered farming in early life; married Mary E. DENSON, June 16, 1872; member Perry Lodge No. 325, F. and A. M., Past Master; Democrat; Judge of the Co. Court of Perry Co., Tenn., April, 1904, Sept., 1910; served as private in Co. F, 53d Tenn. Vol., C. S. A.; member of the Christian church.
MATHEY, Louis Charles, manufacturer of lumber, farmer; born Louisville, Ky., May 24, 1857; French descent; son of Louis Constant and Augustine (Marchal) MATHEY; father architect, contractor and builder Louisville, Ky.; paternal grandfather John Roche MATHEY; maternal grandparents John B. and Marie (Du Point) MARCHAL; graduated at Louisville, Ky., 1878; began life at 17 as an apprenticed journeyman stone cutter three years, then farmed three years, and afterwards became accountant and custodian of funds eighteen years, then business manager seven years, at present he is wholly interested in the manufacture of lumber and engaged in farming in improved way; married Mary Elizabeth SEITZ, Oct. 4, 1886; member Elks; Democrat; failed in strenuous effort in August 1910 to get Hickman Co., Tenn., to vote a 15 year bond issue of one hundred thousand dollars for four macadamized roads in four cardinal directions out of Centreville, Tenn.
McEWEN, William J., farmer; born Maury Co., Tenn., Oct. 7, 1848; Scotch-Irish descent; son of C. C. and Martha (Carr) McEWEN; father was a physician; paternal grandparents James and Elizabeth (Goff) McEWEN, maternal grandparents William and Susan (Smith) CARR; received common school education; entered the farming and stock raising business in early life and has been engaged in the same since; married Sallie ERWIN Dec. 23, 1879; member Knights of Pythias, Centerville, Tenn.; Democrat; Sheriff of Hickman Co., Tenn., from 1892 to 1896; member of Methodist church.
O'GUIN Family - For three generations at least the O’Guin family has been identified with the fortunes and affairs of Hickman County, Tennessee. Thomas O’Guin, the grandfather of the subject of this sketch, was born in the county, there grew to manhood, married, and became a prominent farmer. When the Civil War broke out he cast his lot with the Southern Confederacy and entered the army as a private solider. Exposure and hardship incident to military life so impaired his health that he died of tuberculosis soon after being discharged from the service, leaving two sons, the younger of which, Sidney L. O’Guin, was born near Whitfield, Hickman County, in April 1863. In 1884, S. L. O’Guin and Sarah Coble were united in marriage in Lewis County, Tennessee, though she is a native of Hickman County, where she was born in 1856. Three children have been born of this union—Walker W., Alden and Marvin—the first named in Lewis County and the other two in Hickman County. In early life S. L. O’Guin followed the vocation of a farmer, but later engaged in mercantile pursuits. He is now the proprietor of a shoe and gents’ furnishing store at Centerville. Politically he is a Democrat, and both he and his wife are members of the Christian Church.
Walker W. O’Guin, the eldest of the three children born to his parents, was born in Lewis County, Tennessee, February 1, 1886, but removed with his parents to Hickman County in his early childhood. He was educated in the Hickman County schools and at the Murray Institute, Murray, Kentucky, and until 1909, was engaged in teaching in the public schools of Lewis and Hickman Counties. In 1909 he entered the field of journalism as owner and editor of the Hohenwald Herald. On August 18, 1912, the office and equipment of the paper were destroyed by fire, and soon after that Mr. O’Guin removed to Centerville, where he became the editor of the Hickman County Citizen. This paper has the largest circulation of any newspaper in the county. In national politics it is a supporter of Democratic principles, but in state and local affairs it is independent. Although Mr. O’Guin has been in charge of its editorial columns but a comparatively short time, he has demonstrated his grasp of public questions and his ability as a writer. His long residence in Hickman County and his familiarity with conditions peculiarly qualify him for the position he occupies. He knows the needs of the county and is always ready to further any measure for the social and material uplift of her citizens.
In his political affiliations Mr. O’Guin is an unswerving Democrat. His fraternal relations are with Hohenwald Camp No. 215, Woodmen of the World; Sam Davis Lodge No. 158, K. of P., located at Centerville; and Centerville Camp M. W. A. In all these orders he is popular because of his genial disposition and good fellowship.
In 1907 Mr. O’Guin married Miss Ruby Poore, daughter of J. W. Poore, a well-known resident of Hickman County. Two children have come to bless this union—Harriet Jane and Sydney Lamar. Mr. and Mrs. O’Guin are members of the Christian Church and take a commendable interest in promoting its good works. Source: Hale, Will T, and Dixon L. Merritt. A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Company, 1913. Volume 5
Ashland City — PICKARD, Peter b., banker; born Hickman Co., Tenn., Oct. 1, 1845; French descent; son of Green and Mary (Chamness) PICKARD; educated Marion, Ala., in early life worked on a farm; entered the Confederate army and served throughout the four years of the Civil war; later entered politics and served as Comptroller of the State of Tenn., 1883-9 (three terms); Supervisor of Census 1900 for Sixth Congressional district of Tenn.; has been in banking business for 25 years, and is now cashier of Ashland City, Tenn.; married Julia BRITT Jan. 27, 1867; Democrat; member Knights of Honor and U.C.V., with rank of Colonel on staff of Gen. John H. MCDOWELL; member M.E. Church, South.
In political and mercantile circles, probably no man in Lewis County is more widely known than Joseph Goodwin Rice, the present genial and efficient county clerk. His grandfather, Jerry Rice, was a pioneer farmer of southern Illinois, where his children were born, but before they grew to maturity he removed to Dunklin County, Missouri. Here he passed the closing years of his life engaged in agricultural pursuits. James B. Rice, the father of the subject of this sketch, was born in Illinois in 1834, but went with his parents in childhood to Missouri, where he was educated in the common schools and became a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. He was also engaged in farming and merchandising at Kennett, Dunklin County, Missouri. About the time he arrived at man’s estate, Samuel and Leona Wilburn removed from Tennessee to Dunklin County and settled at Kennett. Their daughter, Sarah, who was born in Perry County, Tennessee, in 1834, became the wife of Rev. J. B. Rice, and of the seven children born to them the subject of this review is the only one now living. J. B Rice died in 1869 and his widow subsequently married R. R. Johnson. With him and her children she removed to Tennessee, settling in Perry County, whither her mother had gone some years before, after the death of Samuel Wilburn.
Joseph Goodwin Rice was born at Kennett, Dunklin County, Missouri, September 24, 1862. He attended the public schools of his native county until the family removed to Tennessee, after which he finished his education in the public schools of that county and at Beach Grove Academy. His mother died in 1881, and about that time he began his business career as a clerk in a store at Pleasantville. Later he was similarly employed at Etna. In 1889 he was united in marriage with Miss Laura McClearen, daughter of A. C. McClearen, a prominent farmer of Pleasantville, Tennessee. After his marriage Mr. Rice removed to Hickman County, where for the next six years he followed farming, after which he was engaged in the mercantile business at Kimmins, Lewis County, for about ten years. He still retains an interest in this business, of which his son, Carl Rice, is manager. The establishment has been organized as a stock company, known as the Kimmins Mercantile Company, and has a large patronage among the people of the town and the farmers of the surrounding country. Ever since he became a voter Mr. Rice has been a consistent supporter of the Democratic Party and its principles. His activity in behalf of his party led to his nomination and election to the office of county clerk in 1908, and under his administration the affairs of the office were conducted with such skill and ability that he was honored with a reelection in 1910. This endorsement by his fellow-citizens speaks volumes for his efficiency and integrity, and is one of which any man might feel justly proud. Mr. Rice is a member and one of the board of stewards of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. His fraternal relations are expressed by membership in George DeSmith Lodge, No 182, Knights of Pythias, of Hohenwald, and in both church and lodge he is an active and useful worker. Mr. and Mrs. Rice are the parents of eight children—Carl, Herman, Bernard, Irene, Aubrey, Fred, Edward and Willadene. As previously stated, Carl is manager of the Kimmins Mercantile Company. The other children are at home with the parents, with the exception of Edward, who died in 1905 at the age of fifteen months. As a matter of family history it is worthy of note that Mr. Rice’s father was a lifelong Democrat and member of the Masonic Fraternity, and also that he served in the Confederate Army under Gen. Sterling Price. He was captured and held a prisoner for some time, being finally exchanged at Vicksburg.Source: Hale, Will T, and Dixon L. Merritt. A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Company, 1913. Volume 5. The profession of law and the realm of politics are substantially represented in Dickson by Hon. Henry Clay Richardson, who is a native of this county and whose progenitors have for three preceding generations been associated with this part of Tennessee. They have constituted a family line notable for military vigor and other strong characteristics.
Austin Richardson (the great-grandfather of our subject) joined the Revolutionary Army when a mere boy, following his father and five uncles to the exciting scenes of that conflict. They had gone thither from their at Culpepper Courthouse, Virginia, but only Austin Richardson returned, for the others had fallen in battle or died from other ills of war, and only this youth and one brother were left to represent the family. In spite of the fact that he had taken part in the Great War and had served under Washington, he was then but an orphan boy and was “bound out” until he reached the years of his majority. When he became his own master, he left Virginia and came to Tennessee in 1793, first settling at Greenville. Here he married a Miss Johnson and three years later they removed to the part of the state which is now Dickson County, selecting as their home one of the highest points in the county and one near a large spring. His was a large family, one of his sons being Louis Richardson, born in 1807 in Dickson County. He became a prominent farmer and married Miss Vina Walker of Hickman County. Their son, W. Turner Richardson (the father of H. C. Richardson) was born in Hickman County, in 1843, and early displayed a thirst for adventure and action. At the age of seventeen years he ran away from home and joined the Confederate Army, serving in Company K, of the Eleventh Tennessee Infantry. He served under Johnson and Hood in all engagements; was captured at Missionary Ridge; was held prisoner at Rock Island prison in Illinois; was exchanged at Greensborough, North Carolina; and after the close of the war returned to the occupation of peace. He was a farmer and a dealer in lumber and lime, conducting a large kiln and managing a large business in that line. In 1866 he married Miss Emily Catherine Alspaugh, who was a native of North Carolina, born in 1841; her mother was the youngest daughter of Colonel Josiah Clifton, a large land owner and colonel in the Revolutionary War. He was at Yorktown with Washington when Cornwallis surrendered. To Emily C. Alspaugh Richardson and W. T. Richardson were born twelve children, eight of whom lived to the years of maturity. The eldest of these was H. C. Richardson, who was born in the town of Burns, in Dickson County, Tennessee, on the twenty-first day of March, 1867.
Henry Clay Richardson early evinced an intellectual keenness suggestive of that of his distinguished namesake. He was educated in Edgewood College, and then fared forth upon the professional pathway of teaching. Like many other young men of ability, he found it possible to give due attention to his pedagogical labors and in his hours of leisure to broaden his own mind by carrying on independent study. The line which Mr. Richardson chose for further mental development and advancement in life was that of law. Meanwhile, however, he became an authority on county educational matters and his personal standing was such that for two years his services were required as superintendent of public instruction for Dickson County. In 1891 Mr. Richardson wrote his bar examinations and was admitted to practice in Tennessee. The quality of his professional activity may be readily guessed from the fact that recognition of his ability was indicated by his district in sending him to the state legislature in 1894. Hon. Richardson served for four years as a representative and then turned to his home and practiced in Dickson. He is a staunch Democrat and has been very active in the affairs of his party. Numerous fraternal organizations count Mr. Richardson a valued member. He is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows; of the Knights of Pythias; and of the Improved Order of Red Men. Mr. Richardson is socially popular as well as professionally successful. Source: Hale, Will T, and Dixon L. Merritt. A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Company, 1913. Volume 5
SEBASTIAN, Charles Moore, physician; born Centreville, Tenn., March 16, 1850; French-Scotch-Irish descent; son of John Paul and Marcia (Raymond) SEBASTIAN; father’s occupation, physician and minister of the gospel; paternal grandparents Sam and Elizabeth (King) SEBASTIAN; maternal grandparents Nathaniel HOYT and Marcia (Kellogg) RAYMOND; educated at Centreville and Williamsport, Tenn.; graduated from University of Louisville, M. D., 1970; married twice, first Charlie MONTGOMERY, 1871, second Jessie WARREN, 1882; Democrat; member of Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
THOMPSON, William D., merchant; born Hickman Co., Tenn.; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Andrew Jackson and Sara (Douglas) THOMPSON; father’s occupation, farmer; paternal grandfather Asa Dabner THOMPSON, paternal grandmother Mary (Poly) THOMPSON, maternal grandfather William DOUGLAS, maternal grandmother was a Miss CAROTHERS prior to her marriage; received common school education; in early life was a farmer boy; married twice, first Catherine SHOUSE Oct. 23, 1884, second Maggie ANDERSON Aug. 12, 1896; Democrat; register of Hickman Co. 1882 to 1890; has been in the mercantile business since 1879, beginning on a salary of $100 a year as a clerk; member of Methodist Episcopal church.
TIDWELL, T. P. agent and telegraph operator for N. C. & St. L. R. R.; born near Burns, Tenn., Dec. 18, 1853; Irish and Welsh descent; son of John Benton and Winnie (RICHARDSON) TIDWELL; father was a farmer; educated at Burns, Tenn.; reared on a farm and in early life connected with the Southern Iron Co., as clerk and bookkeeper in Commissary at Nunnelly, Tenn., ten years; in 1893 he became agent and telegraph operator for N. C. & St. L. R. R., which position he now holds; married Annie Lou HUNTER, Nov. 10, 1886; member F. & A. M., also R. A. Chapter at Dickson, Tenn., K. of P. Sam Davis Lodge No. 158, Grand Chancellor Commander; Democrat; member of Christian church. Source: Who’s Who in Tennessee: A Biographical Reference Book of Notable Tennesseans of To-Day. Memphis: Paul & Douglas Co, 1911.
TOTTY, Bolin A., farmer; born Hickman Co., Tenn., Dec. 4, 1842; son of William W. and Jane A. (Campbell) TOTTY; married Jennie A. ATCHISON Sept. 1, 1868; served three and a half years as a private in Confederate army during civil war; member of Southern Methodist church.
WALKER, James Buchanan, banker; born Whitfield, Tenn., June 25, 1857; Scotch-Irish descent; son of James and Emeline (Cooper) WALKER; father’s occupation farmer; received common school education; began life on a farm and earned first $100 on own account as teacher in the public schools; began mercantile business at age of 22 and followed it for ten years; has been in the banking business for twenty years; married Henrie Bascomb RUSSELL Sept. 30, 1897; member of Knights of Pythias; hard money, Independent Democrat; first mayor of Centerville, Tenn. in 1904 and re-elected for a second term without opposition; twice elected vice-president of the Tenn. Bankers’ Association; member Methodist Episcopal church, South, and for twenty years Superintendent of the Sunday school; cashier of First National Bank of Centerville, Tenn., for past twenty years; large real estate owner in Hickman Co., Tenn.
WHITWELL, James Franklin - One of the representative professional men and highly esteemed citizens of Lewis County, Tennessee, is Dr. James Franklin Whitwell, who has been a medical practitioner in that county for thirty years and has also become well known there through considerable county official service. The family to which Dr. Whitwell belongs is one of the old connections of Tennessee, as it was established here considerably more than a century ago, and he is of the third generation native to the soil of this state. Different of its members have held prominent places in the public life of this section and the father of Dr. Whitwell gave up his life at the battle of Franklin as a loyal defender of his state and the Confederacy during the Civil War. The family originated in America with Robert Whitwell, the great-grandfather of Dr. Whitwell, who emigrated from England and located in Tennessee, settling in Hickman County, where he reared a large family. Rev. Pleasant Whitwell, one of his sons, was born in Hickman County in 1803, but after he reached man’s estate he removed to Perry County, this state, where afterward remained his home and where in an industrial way he followed farming. Entering the ministry of the Primitive Baptist Church, he attained considerable note in this connection and in his day was one of the strongest believers and exhorters of that faith in this country. He was a Democrat in political belief and served as clerk of the Perry County court eight years. A son of his, Thomas Whitwell, was judge of Perry County sixteen years. Rev. Pleasant Whitwell married Margaret Anderson, who bore him five children, one of whom was Elijah H. Whitwell, the father of Dr. Whitwell. Elijah H. Whitwell was born in Perry County, Tennessee, in 1832 and grew to manhood there, receiving a public school education. He followed farming until the opening of the Civil War, when he enlisted in Holmes’ Company, formed at Linden, Perry County, and assigned to the Forty-eighth Tennessee regiment, with which he served until he gave up his life on the bloody battlefield of Franklin on November 30, 1864. In 1851 he was married to Angeline Randall, who was born in Perry County January 10, 1834, and died April 13, 1913. To this union were born five children, of whom Dr. Whitwell was second in birth and is the eldest of four that reached maturity and are yet living. The mother was married later to Joseph Dabbs, a farmer of Perry County. James Franklin Whitwell was born near Linden, Perry County, Tennessee, May 9, 1854, and was but a lad of eight years when the father’s sacrifice to the cause of the Southland deprived him of the provident care of that parent. He grew up in the vicinity of his birth and attended the public schools of the locality, later becoming a teacher. After being engaged in that manner in Perry and Lewis counties for some years he began to prepare for the profession he had determined should be his permanent line of endeavor and to that purpose began the study of medicine under Dr. T. S. Evans in the medical department of Vanderbilt University, Nashville, concluding his training in the medical department of the University of Tennessee. Beginning the active practice of medicine at Riverside, Tennessee, in 1882, he continued there until 1896, when he came to his present location at Hohenwald, where he is now well established in practice. Politically he is a staunch Democrat and served as registrar of Lewis County twelve years, or from 1898 to 1910; was secretary of the executive committee of the county for several years and has also served as its health officer for a number of years. He is much interested in truck gardening and horticulture and keeps in touch with and applies the most advanced ideas in regard to each of these lines of cultivation. In 1873 Dr. Whitwell was united in marriage to Miss Sophia Grinder, daughter of John Grinder, a former citizen of Lewis County, Tennessee. To Dr. and Mrs. Whitwell were born two daughters: Nora, who became the wife of C. M. Paxton and died in 1909, at the age of thirty-three, and Cora, whose husband is Andrew Raspbury, an interested principal in the mercantile firm of Rasbury & Warren at Hohenwald. Dr. and Mrs. Whitwell are both members of the Christian Church and the former is an elder of that denomination. Source: Hale, Will T, and Dixon L. Merritt. A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. Chicago: Lewis Pub. Company, 1913. Volume 5