WHO WERE THEY?

Early Stewart Countians (pre-1925): Bits and Pieces of Lives in the Past

(Listed in alphabetical order...please feel free to add to our information!)

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Abernathy, Dr.: Of Stribling, he served the Leatherwood community in the early 1900's.

Allen, William: One of four magistrates who organized the county in 1804.

Allentharpe, Hannible: Settled in area later known as Tharpe after the Civil War. He went into the mercantile business and the town of Tharpe sprang up around this venture. His name was later shortened to Ham Tharpe.


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Bass, Jethro: First postmaster of Bass in 1846. Area later known as Model.

Bayer, Professor Julius H.: Headed the Cumberland City Academy established in 1893.

Bell, John: Well known Tennessee politician who lived in the Bear Spring community at one time. He was a candidate for U.S. President in 1860, and was an owner of iron industry property. The area of Bellwood is named for him and his wife, Mrs. Woods.

Bennett, Mason: Received the first license to operate a ferry in Dover in 1804.

Boyt (Boyd), Samuel: Early settler in Fort Henry community area, arriving in 1795 from North Carolina.

Boyd, William M.: Became first postmaster of new town of Model in 1887.

Brake, Rev. Henry Clark Sr.: 1815-1880, early minister.

Brake, Rev. Henry Clark Jr.: 1846-1929, minister. Wife Nancy A. Winters was descended of Caleb and Moses Winters, early settlers in middle Tennessee arriving 1775-1779, traveling with Captain James Robertson.

Brandon, Christopher: One of earliest settlers, settling in Saline Creek-Tobacco Port area. Keelboatman, flatboat master, hunter. Son of George Brandon. B1791, d1881.

Brandon, Colonel Brandon: Son of Christopher. Confederate veteran, lawyer. Donated land for Old Dover Cemetery. Served as representative for Stewart County, beginning in 1866 and serving for three terms, then serving as state senator for three terms. His sons Morris and William became lawyers. Morris founded the law firm of Brandon, Hansel, Ware, Smith, and Crenshaw in Georgia.

Bumpus, Andrew Jackson: One of earliest settlers in Bumpus Mills area, this named for him. He was also the first postmaster. Established a group of mills on the bank of Saline Creek.


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Chapman, Samuel: Bowling Green, later known as Cumberland City, was established on this man's land in 1784 or 1785.

Clinton, Thomas: One of four magistrates who organized the county in 1804.

Crockett, C.W.: grandson of Davy Crockett who became owner of the newspaper following J.E. Flood and renamed it the Dover Courier.

Curl, William: Elected sheriff at first session of court in March, 1804.

Coppedge, Alexander: Taught at school in Dover in 1826.

Crow, Dr. Charles Robertson: 1876-1967. Son of Dr. I. Crow. Practiced medicine in Stewart County beginning about 1900.

Crow, Dr. Isaac Franklin: 1841-1912. Confederate veteran. Practiced medicine in Stewart County beginning about 1872.


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Dennis, Sgt. Judson W.: Casualty of WW I, from the Tip Top area. Brother of Thomas Milton Dennis, son of Minnie Dunlap Dennis Murphey. Descendent of Samuel Benjamin Dennis, early settler from Maryland in Stewart Co. Co. L, 119th Infantry. B1892, D1918.

Dinkins, Robert and Rebecca:  Arrived from Anson County, North Carolina about 1819. They purchased 1280 acres from Clark M. Shelby, the land having been part of a land grant to John McNairy from the State of North Carolina. They were prosperous farmers and slave traders. Robert Dinkins donated land for a church and a school.

Downs, Benjamin: Elected Ranger at first session of court in March, 1804.


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Eiley, Richard: Union soldier from the Indian Mound area.


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Ferrell, John: Opened a school in Dover in 1806.

Fitzhugh, Pinkney P.: 1853-1939. Son of James Young Fitzhugh. Extensive land owner. Donated land for the building of Trinity Church. Owned a tie yard known as Fitzhugh's Landing on the Cumberland River Served three terms in the House of Representatives.

Fitzhugh, James Young: 1817-1898; Free Will Baptist minister.

Fitzhugh, Scott Preston: 1888-1956. Son of Pinkney Preston Fitzhugh. Served as state senator from Shelby Co., Memphis lawyer, Speaker of the House. Responsible for passage of a bill for building of bridge over the Tennessee River, this being named the Scott Fitzhugh Bridge.

Flood, J.E.: A "carpet-bagger" arriving in Dover in 1870 from the North. He was postmaster and established the newspaper, the Dover Record.


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Gatlin, Ephraim: One of first settlers in this area near Lake Barkley. Arrived around 1800 from North Carolina with nine brothers. The Gatlin Point area was named for him and later known as Brandon Springs.

Gillahan, Fred A.: Casualty of WW I.

Gorham, R.E.: First principal of the new Dover high school in 1917.


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Haggard, William: The first mill on Hickman Creek about 1800 is attributed to this man.

Hays, Robert: Received one thousand acres of the state of North Carolina in the late 1700's for services rendered. Hayes Fork community, located between Blue Creek and Bumpus Mills, as well as the name of a branch of Saline Creek, are named for this man.


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Jackson, Henry: Donated land in 1868 for the building of the Pleasant Hill School, located between Mossy Run Creek and Blue Creek.

Jackson, Robert: Bought 640 acres in 1820 from John Donelson by cutting cord wood for steamboats. The Jackson Landing community located near Bumpus Mills on the Cumberland River is named for him.

Joiner, C.W.: Along with William Martin, began a tobacco prizing warehouse in the Big Rock area in 1905.


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Kendall, Peter: A legislator from Stewart County who built a dam on Dick's Fork Creek about 1820, and owned the first mill there.


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Lahiff, John: Union soldier from Indian Mound area. His parents came from County Clear, Ireland, attracted by the iron industry. John became a doctor.

Lane, H.M.: Confederate veteran.

Lawrence, J.L.: County's first school superintendent elected under new 1873 public school law.

Lawrence, James R.: A teacher and preacher in the Indian Mound community about 1864.

Lewis, George: Confederate soldier from Indian Mound area.

Lewis, Rufus: Confederate soldier from Indian Mound area.

Lewis, William C.: Veteran of War of 1812, Captain.

Lewis, William T.: Confederate veteran.

Lory, John H.: An Englishman sent during the 1890's by the Cumberland River Land Company (owned by board of directors in London, England) to oversee the company's business. He lived in a fine house in the Bear Spring area complete with running water, bathroom, tennis court, guest house, valet and servants, something unheard of in this area at the time.

Lyons, Douglas: WW I casualty from the Fort Henry community.


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Mann, John: Confederate soldier from Indian Mound area, died 1863.

Martin, George: Organization of the county took place March 12, 1804 at his home near Bald Rock on the Cumberland River.

Martin, William: Along with C.W. Joiner, began a tobacco prizing warehouse in Big Rock area in 1915.

McDougal, Professor: Established a male and female academy in Dover in 1840.

McElroy, George: A school superintendent during the 1890's.

McHood, John Robert: World War I veteran.

McNairy, Nathaniel: Elected Solicitor for the county at first session of court in March, 1804.


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Nelson, Robert: His land was purchased in 1805 for the purpose of establishing a county seat for Stewart County.


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O'Brien, Mike: Commissioned to carve the figure of a bear on the Bear Spring furnace stack after 1873.


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Parker, Cigmarion: Located in TnGenWeb Archives.

Parker, Nathan: Deeded one and a half acres in 1819 for the building of Cub Creek Church.

Petty, George: One of four magistrates who organized the county in 1804. Built the first log house in the new town of Dover near the river bank. The road to his house became known as Petty Street.

Powers, Dr. George L.: Practiced dentistry in Cumberland City about 1902. Later became Dean of the College of Dentistry, Baylor University in Dallas, Texas.


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Rice, General: A school superintendent during the 1890's.

Rogers, D. M.: County agent from February 1, 1919 to June 30, 1919.

Rorie, Asa: Confederate soldier from Indian Mound area. Died 1865.

Rorie, Hezekiah: Early settler and slave owner in Indian Mound area by 1837.

Rorie, William: Confederate soldier from Indian Mound area.

Ross, Nellie Tayloe: married Will Ross, daughter of James Tayloe. Became the nation's first woman governor in Wyoming.

Rushing, Grady: WW I casualty from Fort Henry community.


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Satterwhite, George: Owned the first automobile to arrive in Dover in 1903. Satterwhite lived in Erin.

Scarborough, Dr. James Henry: b1833. Served Stewart Co. as druggist and doctor. Aided Confederate medical units.

Scarborough, Samuel Deberry: Confederate veteran.

Shaw, Thomas: First Worshipful Master of the Lineport Lodge in 1851.

Shelby, O.M.: County agent from July 21, 1917 to January 31, 1919.

Sills, Mitchell: WW I casualty, from Fort Henry community.

Smith, James: Elected Trustee at first session of court in March, 1804.

Smith, Samuel: Elected clerk at first session of court in March, 1804.

Smith, Washington: Union soldier from the Indian Mound area.

Stacker, George: Confederate veteran.

Stewart, Duncan: One of the earliest settlers who owned vast tracts of land in the area. Eventually, by bargaining with other early pioneers, he disposed of all of his lands. Stewart County was named for this early settler.

Stone, Dr. R.A.: Doctor in Indian Mound area in mid 1800's. A deed from him to H.A. Fitzhugh is available in another database at this site.

Summers, L.C.: Built the first store in the Throckmorton community about 1873.


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Tagert, James: Established the town of Bowling Green (later known as Cumberland City) in 1784-1785.

Tayloe, James: Born in 1832 in Stewart County, father of Nellie Tayloe Ross, who became the nation's first woman governor in Wyoming.

Thomas, W.T.: One of the founders of the Cumberland City Academy. When the school closed in 1914, his wife donated the property to the Methodist Conference and W. T. Thomas School was established. Later the property reverted to Mrs. Thomas, and she then turned it over to the Stewart County Board of Education.

Thornton, Yancy: Elected Revenue Commissioner at first session of court in March, 1804.

Tippit, John: Mill owner in the Indian Mound area in mid 1800's.

Tippit, Marion: Son of John and Lucy, died in Yankee prison camp during the Civil War. Marion was from the Indian Mound area.


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Walton, Polk: Union soldier from the Indian Mound area.

Weaks, James P.: Became the first owner and operator of an automobile garage in the county in 1915.

Wells, Hayden and Uriah: Uriah was given land for his services during the Revolutionary War and gave this land to Hayden. The Well's Creek area is named for one or both of these men.

Wells, William Harrison: William Harrison Wells was born in 1806 in Stewart County, Tennessee. William was the son of David Sloan Wells. David Wells and his younger brother Martin Wells served with the Tennessee Volunteers under General Jackson in 1814.

David's dad, and William's granddad was Martin Wells, Senior, who moved to Stewart County in 1796 from New Hanover County, North Carolina. They were farmers, first; and in Tennessee, they got more than they bargained for! All these men lived for a period of time in the vicinity of Wells Creek, which was their home. Martin Wells, Sr. is probably buried around there.

Later in time, some of the Wells men moved west of the Tennessee River, then later to Arkansas where William was elected first County Judge of Drew County; and to Texas, where Martin Wells Jr fought for Texas Independence from Mexico (and helped win it).

Williams, James: First merchant in Indian Mound in 1818.

Williams, Joshua: One of four magistrates who organized the county in 1804.

Woods, Joseph: Along with Robert Woods and Thomas Yeatman, he acquired 18400 acres in Stewart County to form the Cumberland Iron Works. The first furnace about eight miles east of Dover was erected in 1820.

Woods, Robert: Along with Joseph Woods and Thomas Yeatman, he acquired 18400 acres in Stewart County to form the Cumberland Iron Works. The first furnace, about eight miles east of Dover, was erected in 1820.


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Yeatman, Thomas: Along with Robert and Joseph Woods, he acquired 18400 acres in Stewart County to form the Cumberland Iron Works. The first furnace, about eight miles east of Dover, was erected in 1820.


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