Tennessee Records Repository

Decatur Co. TN


Chapter XIV

From Lillye Younger, The History of Decatur County Past and Present (Southhaven, MS: Carter Printing Company, 1978).
Special thanks to Constance Collett for permission to make these web pages.

In Memory of Lillye Washburn Younger 1912-1998.

Thanks to www.tnyesterday.com for contributing this transcription.

Constance Maxwell Collett

William Samuel Maxwell

Judge William Samuel Maxwell, son of Benjamin and Katheryn Howard Maxwell was born in Roane County Tennessee in 1821. He and Sophronia Howard were married in Columbia, Tenn. December 26,1846. A graduate of Knoxville Law School in 1842, he served the house of Representative, from Perry and Decatur Counties. This was the first assembly to occupy the Capitol. In 1860 he was appointed Attorney General for the 12th District and served here until he enlisted in the Confederate Army in 1861 serving Forrest's Calvary. In the Battle of Nashville, he was captured. After he was paroled he moved to Columbia and later to Centerville, where he started the practice of law with Col. R. P. Cole. Four years later he moved to Los Angeles and practiced law.

He moved to Decaturville in 1879 and formed a Law partnership with J. W. Daugherty. He practiced here until 1884 at which time he moved to Ilano, Texas where he served as Judge there for nine years. He retired in 1893. After retirement he moved to Huntingdon, Tennessee where he died Jan. 24, 1913.

His son Benjamin Howard Maxwell was born in 1857 and married Alice Hendrix, daughter of H. V. M. Hendrix and Sara Wesson, Oct. 15, 1879. To this union were a born a son, Conielus Virgil and Golden Maxwell Lamping.

Golden Maxwell Lamping was born in Decatur County near Jeanette in 1887. She attended local schools and St. Cecilia school in Nashville, Tenn. She married Jim Lamping of Indiana. Louise Lamping - deceased, married Maria Gaye White. James Maxwell Lamping - deceased, married Nicole Anne. Annie Lou Lamping married Bill Pratt, James Mills. Buried Nashville Tenn. 1961.

Mr. Maxwell was a successful merchant at Brodies and Cliff Landing from his obituary. "He was one of the best citizens of Parsons and surrounding community. The esteem in which Mr. Maxwell was held was shown by the immence crowd that paid honor to him in the last sad rites over his burial at Parsons Cemetery."

 Parce Collett was born April 26,1931 at Cozette Community, the son of Lonzo and Mattie Norden Collett.

He has three sisters, Mrs. Bernice Dodd, Mrs. Myrtle Camper and Mrs. Zula Livingston, deceased, and six brothers, Rex, Perry, Parker, Raymond, Howard, who died while in service and Leonard, who died at an early age.

Bernice Dodd married Loyd Pratt. Daughter, Patricia Pratt Robinson, Biffle Dodd - son Harold Dodd.

Mrs. Myrtle Camper married J.W. Camper. Children, Doris Camper Wilkins, Richard Camper, Van Camper, Charlotte Camper Rogers.

Married Gay Livingston. Zula Livingston, no children.

Rex married Georgia Cunningham, no children.

Perry married Roberta Pearcy, Nettie Sonders.

Parker married Golden Griggs; one son Scotty.

Raymond married Mable Livingston. Children, Daughter Dianne Miller, Michael Collett.

Howard, no children.

Leonard, no children.

Mr. and Mrs. Collett are buried in the Jeanette Cemetery.

Compiled by Constance Maxwell Collett.