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Hervey Whitfield (1847-1935)
"Hervey was educated in the country schools of his native county, and when only sixteen years of age enlisted in the Fourteenth Kentucky Cavalry, a portion of General Forrest's command, in which he served one year, and then until the end of the war.  After reaching his majority, he took charge of his mother's farm for eight years.  After his marriage, Mr. Whitfield moved to Arkansas, where he remained until 1882, when he returned and purchased the farm where he now lives.  He raises the staple crops common to this county.  In politics he is a Democrat, and he and his wife are members of the Baptist church.  He has been a Good Templar about thirteen years, is an active worker in the cause of temperance and believes in prohibition."
Goodspeed History of Tennessee, 1886
Whitfield, Hervey  (1847 - 1935)
"HOUSE, 56th General Assembly, 1909-11; representing Montgomery and Houston Counties; SENATE, 63rd and 64th General Assemblies, 1923-27; representing Montgomery and Robertson Counties; Democrat. Born in Montgomery County Jul 3, 1847; son of Needham Bryan and Hannah (Wilcox) Whitfield. Attended common schools; studied dentistry two years but discontinued because of poor health. Married first, in Oct 1875, to Ella Trigg, daughter of Thomas S. and Elizabeth Trigg; she died Aug 21, 1901; children - Arthur, Roy and Thomas B.; second marriage to Mrs. Jennie (Vaughan) Price, daughter of William and Sarah Vaughan; no children by this marriage indicated. Farmed in Montgomery County greater part of life, moved to Arkansas in 1882, but returned after four years to resume farming; in 1900 or 1901 moved to Clarksville, Montgomery County, to edit the Tennessee Odd Fellow, 1903-08; worked next with Clarksville Times Journal; went with Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle in 1905; president TN Press Assn, 1912; secretary Middle Tennessee Editors League one year and vice president, 1917; private secretary to Gov. Tom C. Rye, 1918. In Confederate Army; enlisted in Aug 1864 with recruiting officers of Forrest’s command; assigned to Co. A, 2nd KY Cavalry. Member Baptist Church; clerk of Cumberland Baptist Assn for twenty years and for a time served as moderator of that body; member Independent Order of Odd Fellows; Knights of Pythias; Mechanics Workman’s Assn; Grand Templar. Died in Davidson County, Oct 27, 1935; buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville."
Sources: Confederate Questionnaires, TN Archives; TN Vital Statistics, Death Certificate No. 21,800; Clarksville Leaf-Chronicle, Aug 22, 1901; Whitfield, Whitfield, Bryan, Smith, and Related Families, 126, 187, 249; Lewis, Genealogy of the Lewis Family, 244; Goodspeed, History of Montgomery County, 1116; Clarksville City Directory, 1917, p 224.
These two biographies do not agree on the unit Hervey served in.


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