Person:Nancy Brevard (10)

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Nancy Elizabeth BREVARD
b.17 FEB 1811 Tennessee
d.26 SEP 1867 Tennessee
  • HDaniel VANCE1811 - 1845
  • WNancy Elizabeth BREVARD1811 - 1867
m. 3 JAN 1833
  1. Thomas Jefferson VANCE1835 - Aft 1870
  2. Sarah Sharpe VANCE1838 - 1897
  3. John Hugh VANCEEst 1840 - 1863
  4. Martha VANCE1842 - 1856
  5. Daniel Brevard VANCE1845 - 1921
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Name Nancy Elizabeth BREVARD
Gender Female
Birth[1] 17 FEB 1811 Tennessee_PROOF: proven
Marriage 3 JAN 1833 _PROOF: proven
to Daniel VANCE
Census[2] 5 OCT 1850 Wilson County, Tennessee_PROOF: proven _SHAR: ROLE: child Civil District No 9
Other[3] 5 OCT 1850 Wilson County, Tennessee_PROOF: proven Slave Owner Civil District No 9
Other[4] 10 AUG 1860 Cannon County, Tennessee_PROOF: proven Slave Owner
Census[5] 13 AUG 1860 Cannon County, Tennessee_PROOF: proven _SHAR: ROLE: child Woodbury PO
Other[6] 1862 Cannon County, Tennessee_PROOF: proven Taxation
Death[1] 26 SEP 1867 Tennessee_PROOF: proven

CANNON COUNTY, TN - HISTORY - Goodspeed History of Cannon County (http://files.usgwarchives.net/tn/cannon/history/goodspeed.txt)

From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historicaland a Biographical Sketch of from Twenty-five to ThirtyCounties of East Tennessee, Besides a ValuableFund of Notes, Original Observa-tions, Reminiscences,Etc., Etc.

ILLUSTRATED._______Chicago and Nashville:THE GOODSPEED PUBLISHING CO.,1887.--Prepared in 1998 by Patricia Wilson Spradley, keeping original page numbers and paragraphs in order as originally published.

--More than half of Cannon County lies in the Central Basin, and the remainderon the Highland Rim. Spurs shoot out from the highlands, forming numerousvalleys, through which course mountain streams, giving the county probably asmuch varied and picturesque scenery as any in the State. The soils on thehighlands are light colored, and are for the most part thin and unproductive,save of a rank, barren grass which affords good summer grazing. Fruits andtobacco will also grow, in the highland soils. The knobs of the Central basinare usually fertile to the top, but limestone crops out in such abundance asto render much of the surface unfit for cultivation. In the basin, however, isfound the valuable farm lands of the county. The soil is rich, loamy andpebbly, easily worked and highly productive. Bluegrass grows spontaneously andluxuriantly on the slopes and tops of the hills, and even in the glades,furnishing rich pasturage. The crops of the county are corn, wheat, hay,clover, tobacco and the grasses, while the timber embraces species of oak,ash, poplar, walnut, hickory, chestnut, gum, maple, beech, buckeye, cherry andelm.Stone River traverses the county from the east to the west, receiving thewaters of numerous tributaries, and is the principal water course of thecounty. Other streams are Rockhouse, Carpenter, Rush, Lock, Hill, Hollis andBrawley Creeks, all emptying into the Stone River, Carson Fork, emptying intoBrawley Creek, and Barren Fork of Collins River, Clear Fork, Sycamore,Hurricane, Saunders and Marshall Creeks.The country now embraced in Cannon County was settled as early as 1807 and1809, though it then belonged to several other counties in part. The earlysettlers were chiefly North Carolinians, who, however, came here from EastTennessee, to which section they had previously immigrated in quest of homes,but pushed on over the mountains as Middle Tennessee opened up for settlement.Among the settlers living here in 1836, when Cannon County was organized, wereHenry D. McBroom, John Wood, James and Edmond Taylor, Wm. Hollis, Noel Lilly,Isham Cherry, Alexander Hill, Phillip Rough, Phillip Hoas, Henry Ford,Benjamin Allen, Usibid Stone, George St. John, Wm. Mears, Melchesedec Self,Joseph Harrison, Samuel Lewis, Wm. Middleton, James and John Barkley, RichardVincent, Alexander Orr, Wm. McFerrin, Calvin Carlee, Jackson Wherry, DanielTravis, Arthur Warren, Phillip Mouser, Joshua Barton, George Petty, BenjaminArant, L.S. Gilliam, Reuben Evans, 2Benjamin Blodes, Tilman Bethal, G.W. Duncan, Joseph Simpson, D.M. Stewart,James Ferrell, Archibald Stone, J.G.W. Rose, Joseph Clark, Asa Smith, ElijahStephens, James M. Brown, John Wright, Pumphry Bynum, Charles Espy, Wm.Preston, Sr., Walter Wood, Benjamin Cummings, Sr., Warren Cummings, Wm.Cummings, Sr., John Stone, Andrew Melton, Caleb and Wm. Sevillirant, JosephJames, James Miles, Alexander McBroom, Kit and Wm. Pyburn, Cullin Corlee,Edmond Sutton, William, James and John Wood, Nathan Finley, Jesse and JamesTodd, Robert Carson, Jonathan Jones, Ambrose Petty, Thomas Williams, JohnMcClain, Archibald Hicks, Thomas Fowler, Gideon Rucker, Jesse G. Moore, LouisJetton, Gabriel Elkins, James Hawkins and Charles Evans, many of who are stillliving. One of the first schools taught in what is now Cannon County was theone situated about seven miles west of Woodbury, of which James Barklay wasthe teacher.. This school was taught as early as 1810 or 1812. Other Earlyschools of the years between the above school and 1815 were taught by JacobMackeroy, on Hill Creek, one and a half miles east of Woodbury; by BartlettWade, in the same neighborhood, and later in that neighborhood by John Finley.In about 1814 James Rucker opened a school in Woodbury (then Danville), and afew years later Elliot Tunley taught a school in the Methodist meeting-housein town. The next school in Woodbury was taught by Thomas G. Wood. LaurensAcademy was established in Woodbury in 1838 as a county academy, for which aframe building was erected. In 1859 the house was destroyed by a fire, when asubstantial brick was erected, which is now occupied as a private residence.In about 1855 Baptists established a school, which has since become theWoodbury College. The school building is a large two-story brick, and theschool a most excellent one. The other schools of the county besides thecommons schools are those at Short Mountain, Auburn, Bradysville andReaderville, those at Woodbury and Short Mountain being chartered and workingunder the four-mile law. In 1838 the scholastic population of Cannon Countywas 1,961; in 1868, 3,559, and in 1885, as follows: White--male, 2,296;female, 2,251. Colored--male, 118; female, 179; total, white and colored,4,844. Among the first churches of Cannon County were Brawley Fork BaptistChurch, in which is now the Third District; Prospect Methodist Church, on HillCreek, in the Sixth District; Ford Meeting-house, Christian, in the SixthDistrict, and Corlee's Meeting-house, on Brawley Fork, also in the SixthDistrict, all of which were log houses and built all along between 1815 and1820. The first church erected in Woodbury was a log 3house, built about 1820 by the Methodists. This stood until about 1840, whenthe present brick was erected. The next was a frame church erected by theBaptists about 1841, which is still in use, and the next was the ChristianChurch, frame, which was erected about 1842 and is still in use. TheCumberland Presbyterians have an organization and meet in the courthouse, theyhaving no building of their own. The churches of the county by districts areas follows: First District, New Hope, Christian; Second District, Berea,Christian; Third Distract, Marion, Baptist, and Corlee, Christian; FourthDistrict, Bethlehem, Christian, and Wesley Chapel, Methodist Episcopal South;Fifth District, Daniels' Chapel, Methodist Episcopal South; Seventh District,Cold Springs, Christian, and Walnut Grove, Methodist Episcopal South; EighthDistrict, Wood's Meeting-house, Christian, and Blue Wing, Methodist EpiscopalSouth; Ninth District, Osment schoolhouse and Baptist, and Melton, Christian;Eleventh District, New Hope, Cumberland Presbyterian, Shiloh and Poplar Stand,Baptist, and Auburn, Christian; Twelfth District, Bradyville, Christian, andThytira, Cumberland Presbyterian; Thirteenth District, Holly Springs, Baptist,and Parker's Chapel and Gilley Hill, Methodist Episcopal South; FourteenthDistrict, Pleasant Ridge Christian, and Pleasant Ridge Baptist; FifteenthDistrict, Jones' schoolhouse Methodist Episcopal South.Among the early mills of the county were those of Nathaniel Moorhead atWoodbury, on the Stone River, about 1813; Chas. Ready's mill on Stone River,at Readyville, about 1812; Thomas Rooker's mill on the same stream, four mileswest from Woodbury, about 1814; Bryant's mill, on the same stream eight mileswest from Woodbury, about 1816; David Whittaker's mill, near town, at aboutthe same time; Archibald Prater's mill, on a branch of Stone River, five mileseast of town, about 1820, and Alexander Hill's mill, on Hill Creek, about1821. The principal mills of the present are the Readerville flour-mills,owned by P.C. Talley; Isaac McBroom's mill on Stone River, in the SecondDistrict; W.F. Brerard's mill, on Stone River, at Woodbury, and J. L.Sheckley's mill, on Stone River, in the Second District, all of which areexcellent flour and meal-mills, and like the above named old mills, areoperated by water power. Upon almost every creek in the county are foundsmall, water-powered corn-mills, and there are from ten to fifteen portable,steam saw-mills at work in the county.Cannon County was established by the act of the General Assembly, passedJanuary 21, 1836, and was organized the following May. It was named in honorof Gov. Cannon, and its county seat for Hon. Levi 4Woodbury of New Hampshire. The county is bounded on the north by the countiesof Wilson and Smith, east by Warren and De Kalb, south by Coffee, west byRutherford, and has an area of 420 square miles. The county court in 1836ordered the erection of a courthouse and jail. The former was completed in1838 after the style and plan of the Rutherford County Courthouse, and costabout $13,000. The building is in use at the present and bids fair to doservice for the next fifty years. It is a large, square, two-story brickbuilding and is very conveniently arranged. The jail was also completed in1838, was a brick building, but being too near Stone River it was washed awayin the freshet of 1850. A second brick jail was erected in 1852 which serveduntil 1880, when the present substantial stone building was erected.In 1840 Cannon County had a population of 7,163, of 8,982 in 1850, of 9,509 in1860, of 10,502 in 1870, of 11,200 in 1880 and of about 12,500 in 1886. In1870 there were assessed in the county for taxation 160,013 acres of land,valued at $1,452,220, and the valuation of the real and personal property was$1,079,260. The tax duplicate for 1886 shows taxes assessed as follows: State,$3,237.78; county, $3,117.90; school, $4,796.90; road, $539.63, and poll$1,670, making a total of $11,692.21. In 1870 the live stock of the countyamounted to 4,839 head of horses and mules, 3,533 head of cattle, 12,198 headof sheep and 23,550 head of hogs. In 1870 the cereal products of the countryamounted to 79,520 bushels of wheat, 564,330 bushels of corn, 26,870 bushelsof oats and 3,167 bushels of rye. In 1886 the products were 94,150 bushels ofwheat, 821,012 bushels of corn, 22,802 bushels of oats and 6,985 bushels ofrye.In May, 1836, Thomas Powell. Isaac Finley, Allen Haley, Joseph Simpson, BlakeSedgly, James L. Essary, John Pendleton, Isaac W. Eledge, Elijah Stephens,I.M. Brown, F.L. Turner, John Milton, Charles C. Evans, Samuel Lance, Wm.Bates, Wm. B. Foster, John Martin, John Frazier, Martin Phillips, ReubenEvans, Lemuel Moore, James Goodwin, Peter Reynolds, James Beatie, JoelCheatham and Jonathan Fuson, all bearing commissions as justices, met at thehouse of Henry d. McBroom, which was the old hotel, in Woodbury, for thepurpose of organizing the county court. The body was called to order byLeighton Ferrell, sheriff of Warren County, and the oath of office wasadministered by Eli Bailey, acting justice for Warren County. The court thenorgan- 5ized by the election of Thomas Powell as chairman, and the wheels ofgovernment were put in motion. The Cannon Circuit Court was organized atMcBroom's tavern in Woodbury in 1836 by Judge Edmund Dillahunty, who presidedin the inter-change with regular judge, Wm. Anderson.Judge B. L. Ridley organized the Cannon Chancery Court at the old tavern inWoodbury in 1836, and appointed Henry Tratt, first clerk and master.Among the early lawyers of Woodbury were Jonathan Farr, Abraham Burger, Jr.,M.W. McKnight, J.S. Barton and Thomas G. Wood. The present attorneys are J.H.Cummings, H.J. St. John, A. Finley, James A. Jones, John S. Wood, W.C. Huston,A.J. Smithson and W.H. Cummings. Of the above M.W. McKnight was attorney-general of this circuit for eight years, 1866-74; H.J. St. John representedthe county in the Legislature, 1857-58; J.H. Cummings held the same position,1875-76; W.C. Huston filled the same office, 1877-78, and James A. Jonesrepresented this district in the State Senate, 1875-76.County Court Clerks: Samuel Garrison, 1836-39; James M. Brown, 1839-40; RezinFowler, 1840-52; Brinkley Lassater, 1852-60; Thomas Smith, 1860-62; JosephusFinley, 1865-70; E.B. Vance, 1870-78; Wylie W. Gray, 1878-86; J.G. Moore,1886, and present incumbent.Circuit Court Clerks: Thomas G. Wood, 1836-44; John Q. Weatherford, 1844-52;James Wood, 1852-56; D.L. Elkins, 1856-68; E.T. Dillon, 1868-72; ThomasFinley, 1872-78; E.C. Preston, 1878-86; Josephus Finley, 1886, and presentincumbent.Clerk and Masters: Henry Tratt, 1836-42; Caleb B. Davis, 1842-47; Thomas G.Wood, 1847-62; J.S. Ridley, 1865-68: A.F. McFerrin, 1868-70; W.J. Wood, 1870-76; J.E. New, 1876-82; F.B. Martin, 1882, and present incumbent.Sheriffs: George Grizzle, 1836-38; Higdon R. Jarrett, 1838-40; John A. George,1840-42, Isaac W. Elledge, 1842-44, Samuel Vance, 1844-46; R.A. Smith 1846-50;Clint Elledge, 1850-52; Baden Raines, 1852-54; Warren Cummings, 1854-62; A.F.Todd, 1865-70; George Finley, 1870-72; B.F. Vincent, 1872-76; James H.Mitchell, 1876-80; B.F. Vincent, 1880-82; James H. Mitchell, 1882-84; H.L.Preston, 1884 and present incumbent.Registers: Alexander McFerrin, 1836-40; Isaac Finley, 1840-42; Thomas J.Williams, 1842-48; Barton S. Travis, 1848-52; Burrel Spicer, 1852-56; JamesWard, 1856-58; Cicero Sowers, 1858-62; Jack Merritt, 1865-66; Jack McBroom,1866-77; Zebediah Brevard, 1871-72; A.G. Brown, 1872-78; W.A. Moody, 1878-86;Adam Fuller, 1886, and present incumbent. 6Cannon County, as a county, furnished to the wars of 1836 and 1846, but theywent as individuals, there being no regularly organized bodies or companiesraised in the county for either of those wars.Not so, however, with the lateRebellion, to which she furnished the following eight companies, all regularlyorganized within the county:Three full companies to the Eighteenth Regiment of Tennessee Infantry,organized in May, 1861, and commanded by Capts. Richmond Rushing, A.J. St.John and Grand Wood; one company to Col. Barton's Mississippi Regiment ofCalvary, organized in the latter part of 1861, commanded by Capt. TimothyEllison, who was killed in 1862, and succeeded by W.M. McKnight; two companiesto Col. Hill's Fourth Regiment of Tennessee Infantry, organized in 1862, andcommanded by Capts. M.M. Brin, Jr., and J.H. Wood, and two companies to theFourth Regiment of Tennessee Calvary, organized in 1863, and commanded byCapt. H.A. Wylie and J.W. Nichols.The county was occupied first by the Northern and then the Southern Armiesduring the struggle, and numerous skirmishes were fought in the county, butnone of sufficient importance or consequence to merit mention.Woodbury, the county seat, was formerly Danville, and belonged to WarrenCounty. Danville was founded in about 1819 by Henry D. McBroom and Henry Watt,who were the first merchants, and the former the first tavern-keeper. Otherearly merchants were Henry Watt, Jr., Wylie & Dunkerson, Nathan Neeley, andWood & Wylie. In 1836, when Cannon County was established, the commissionersentrusted with the locating of a county seat, selected Danville, and the nameof the town was changed to that of Woodbury. At that time there were not over100 inhabitants in the place. Woodbury now has a population of about 600, andis situated on the south bank of Stone River, at the terminus of the Woodburyand Murfreesboro Turnpike, nineteen miles east from the latter town, and fiftymiles southeast from Nashville, in the lovely valley of Stone River,surrounded by high, rounded hills, and having beautiful scenery and excellenthealth. Woodbury was incorporated in 1852, and with the exception of the yearsof the late war, worked continually under the charter of incorporation thensecured until 1880, when the charter was surrendered in order to give the"four-mile" temperance law force and effect.The first merchants of Woodbury were Henry Trott, Jr., James J. Trott, JosephRamsey, Ramsey and Garrison, Parker F. Stone, Thomas C. Wood, Bates and Hume,and Nathan Neeley. Henry D. Broom continued as tavern-keeper up to about 1857-58. The merchants of the present 7are Martin & Gribble, McFerrin & Wylie, Hoover & Mason, J.A.H. Thompson, C.P.McBroom, J.G. Smith & Bros., and E. and J.T. Stephens, dry goods andgroceries; R.H. Preston, groceries; William Brewer, C.C. Broom, and J.H.Thrower, drugs; Z. Dillon & Bro.,saddle and harness shop; T.J. Vance, liverystable; J.H. Thrower, undertaker and furniture, and W.A. Talley, hotel.The Cannon Carrier, W.T. Mingle, editor and proprietor, is the only paperpublished in the county. The Courier was established in 1882, is Democratic inpolitics and is prosperous.The early physicians of Woodbury were Drs. Gowan, New, Barnes, Flowers andTatum, and those of the present are Drs. Robert F. Tatum, B.F. Lester, L.B.McCreary, H.M. Hern and Dr. Barton.The villages of the county, all of which are small and have only from fifty toone hundred and fifty inhabitants each, are Bradyville, ten miles southwestfrom Woodbury, in the Twelfth District; Auburn, sixteen miles north fromWoodbury, in the Eleventh District; Mechanicsville, at Short Mountain, tenmiles northeast from Woodbury, in the Ninth District. Readerville, seven milesfrom Woodbury and twelve miles from Murfreesboro,on the pike, is part inCannon and part in Rutherford County, the county line running through thetown, yet it is placed in Rutherford County, and the postoffice is in thatcounty. ______________________ 8 CANNON COUNTYHon. J. H. Cumings, of Woodbury, attorney at law, is a native of WarrenCounty, Tenn. and was born in 1839. His parents were Warren and OrlendCumings, both natives of Warren County, the former having been born in 1814,is a farmer by occupation and held the office of sheriff of Cannon County sixyears. He was a member of the constitutional convention of 1870, and nowresides at Woodbury, Tenn. The subject of this sketch received his literaryeducation at Woodbury, and in 1872 began the study of the law with T.B. Murryof McMinnville, Tenn, and afterward attended the law department of theCumberland University at Lebanon,Tenn. He was admitted to the bar in 1873 andhas since been engaged in the practice of the law at Woodbury. In November1885, he was elected to the legislature. He enjoys an extensive and lucrativepractice, and in politics he is an ardent Democrat. In May, 1861, he enlistedin Company D, Eighteenth Tennessee (Confederate) Infantry, under Capt. H.J.St. John. He was with the company three years and engaged in some of the heavybattles of war. During the last year of the war he was with the FourthTennessee Cavalry, commanded by Col. Baxter Smith of Nashville. H. A. Wiley ofWoodville was his captain. He participated in numerous engagements, wascaptured once but soon paroled, and returned home in 1865.J.A. Dement, an enterprising farmer of the First District, was born 9in Rutherford Count, Tenn., in 1823. He was the only son of Cader and Mary(Andrews) Dement. The father was born in Tennessee in 1777. He took part inthe war of 1812 under Gen. Jackson. He was a farmer by occupation, but filledsome minor political offices. He was well known and universally respected. Hewas three times married and raised thirteen children. His death occurred in1849. The subject of this sketch received his education in the schools of hisnative county. In 1847 he married Margaret, daughter of Alexander Lockey ofRutherford County. She died in 1851. A few years later our subject wedded MissJane J., daughter of Rev. E. McMillian of Gallatin, Tenn. By this union thereare three children living: Mattie (widow of D. Hogwood), Albert M. and WilsonM. In 1847 Mr. Dement located where he now resides. He has always been anenergetic, worthy citizen and a generous supporter of all laudableenterprises. He has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for fifty years;his wife belongs to the same church. He is a Democrat, but was a Whig previousto the war.Josephus Finley, Clerk of the circuit court of Cannon County, is a native ofthe county, and was born in 1825. He was the first of a family of ninechildren, six of whom are still living. His parents were Isaac and EleanorFinley, the former a native of Tennessee, born in 1799, and was a farmer, andhad held the office of magistrate and county register, holding the latter atthe time of his death. The mother of our subject was born in Kentucky in 1796,and is now living at the old homestead near Woodbury. The subject of thissketch received his education in the schools of the county. In 1848 he wasmarried to Louisa Simpson, by whom he has two children living, and who died inAugust 1860. He has followed farming most of his life. In 1865 he was electedclerk of the county court, and was twice re-elected. He has held the office ofmagistrate for the past twenty-four years, and in 1886 he was elected to hispresent office. In 1861 he was married to Zenobia Foster, who was born inCannon County in 1834. They have six children, all of whom are living. Mr.Finley is an independent in politics, voting for principles rather than forparty. Both he and his wife are consistent members of the church, and both arewidely known highly esteemed.D.D. Hare, a prominent farmer of the First District, was born in WilliamsonCounty in 1838. He was one of four surviving children of a family of elevenborn to John P. and Nancy Hare. The father was born in North Carolina in 1809,and came to Tennessee with his parents when a child. He has been a farmer andresident of Cannon County since 1840. The mother was born in Tennessee in1809, and died in 1855. Our subject received his education in the countyschools, and at Irwin Col- 10lege. In 1855 he located where he know resides. In 1859 he married Miss MarthaL., daughter of Rev. E. McMillan, of Carlinville, Ill. Their union resulted inthe birth of B.B., Minnie and Fannie. In September, 1862, Mr. Hare enlisted inthe Confederate Army, Company E, Fourth Tennessee Cavalry, under the commandof Col. Baxter Smith, and Capt. H. A. Wiley. He took active part in thebattles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, and Chickamauga, and many minorengagements. He was captured shortly after the battle of Chickamauga. He wasconfined a few days at Carthage, Gallatin and Nashville, and finally taken tothe federal prison at Indianapolis and retained nineteen months. He returnedhome in March, 1865. Previous to the war he was a Whig; but is now a Democratand a Mason. He is a useful and respected citizen, deeply interested in theadvancement of educational and beneficial enterprises. He and his wife aremembers of the Presbyterian Church.Hon. W.C. Houston, of the firm of Jones & Houston, attorneys at law, residingat Woodbury,Tenn., is a native of Bedford County, having been born there March17, 1852. He is the son of William and Elizabeth Clay (Morgan) Houston. Theformer was a native of Iredell County, N.C., born in 1821, and came toTennessee about 1835. He located in Bedford County, where he lived the rest ofhis days. He was a planter and a very successful business man. His deathoccurred in March, 1853. His wife was born in Rutherford County, March 10,1822. She was first married to Newton Clark, of Bedford County, whom shesurvived; afterward married William Houston, and some time after his deathmarried Benjamin Fugett, of Cannon County, who is now deceased. The subject ofthis sketch received his education mostly at Woodbury. At the age of twenty-two he took charge of the Woodbury Press, and continued editor and proprietortwo years. In 1876 he was chosen representative in the Legislature from Cannonand Coffee Counties. On his retirement from this position he devoted himselfto his farm and to the study of the law until 1879, when he was admitted tothe bar. In 1880 he was again elected to the Legislature, and in 1882 he wasagain re-elected. At the session which convened in 1883 he was appointedchairman of the committee on finance. While occupying his seat in theLegislature he took a very active and prominent part in the settlement of theState debt question. From 1882 to 1884 he was a member of the State Democraticexecutive committee. In November, 1878, he was married to Miss Lura Kittrell,daughter of Maj. M.B. Kittrell, of Rutherford County. She is a native ofWilson County, and was born March 22, 1859. By their marriage they have twosons: Frank, born July 4, 1882, and William, born March 19, 1884. Mr. Houston 11has a half-sister, formerly Hattie Clark, now wife of Hon. William Barton; andalso half-brother, Simpson Fugitt, both of whom are residents of CannonCounty. The law firm of Jones & Houston was formed in 1886, and is universallyconsidered the strongest in the country, both members being men of high honorand marked ability. Mr. Houston is an ardent and enthusiastic Democrat, andboth himself and his wife are members of the Christian Church.Hon. James A. Jones, of the firm of Jones & Houston, Woodbury, Tenn., is anative of Alabama, born in 1838. His parents were Joseph and E.A. Jones, theformer a native of North Carolina, a dentist, a planter and a very successfulbusiness man, dying in December, 1857; the latter born in Butler County, Ala.,in 1818, and dying in 1853. The subject of this sketch completed his literaryeducation at the Brownwood Institute, La Grange, Ga. In 1858, and shortlyafterward began the study of law with Judge John K. Henry, of Greenville,Ala., where he remained until April, 1861, when he enlisted in the ConfederateArmy, becoming sergeant of Company A, Eighteenth Tennessee Infantry, underCapt. M.P. Rushing. He served as sergeant about four months, and was thentransferred to the Twenty-third Tennessee Infantry and elected captain of thecompany just before the battle of Shiloh, after which he returned home. Hethen served as quartermaster in the Fourth Tennessee Cavalry, and at the closeof the war was on the coast defenses in Florida, as lieutenant of his company.After the close of the war he returned to Alabama, and was engaged in the realestate business until about 1870, and in 1871 he moved to Woodbury, where hehas since engaged in the practice of law. In 1874 he was elected to the StateSenate from Cannon, Warren, Coffee and DeKalb Counties, and was in theLegislature that elected ex-President Johnson to the United States Senate. In1859 he was married to Miss Harriett Morton, of Warren County, by whom he hasnine children. Mr. Jones has always been an active man, and was for some timeengaged in the newspaper business. He is a Democrat in politics, is widelyknown and as a lawyer stands very high. He is an elder in the PresbyterianChurch, and both a Mason and an Odd Fellow.L.L. Melton, an enterprising and prominent resident of the Tenth District, wasborn in Cannon County, in 1845. He was one of eleven children born to John andCatherine Melton. The parents are natives of North Carolina, and now reside inthe Seventh District of Cannon County. The father was born in 1800. He is afarmer. The mother was born in 1804. The subject of our sketch received hiseducation partly in the county schools and by private instruction. In 1859 hemarried 12Miss. Pairlee, daughter of William Powell. By this union there are fivechildren living. For many years our subject was successfully engaged inagricultural pursuits. In 1884 he purchased a saw mill, and since then hasdone an extensive manufacturing business, and has also been engaged inmerchandising with G.G. Melton. They have a liberal patronage. In August,1879, Mr. Melton was elected magistrate, and has since held the office. He isa stanch Democrat and a Mason. He has always been an active and able businessman, widely known and esteemed and ever interested in the improvement andwelfare of the community. He and his wife are earnest members of the ChristianChurch.W.T. Mingle, editor and proprietor of the Cannon Carrier, was born in CannonCounty, August 25, 1857, one of seven children of William J. and Alice G.(Cathey) Mingle, both natives of Cannon County. The father was born in 1828.He is a farmer of the Eleventh District, and served as deputy sheriff sometime. The mother was born in 1828. The subject of this sketch received hiseducation in the county schools. In 1873 he went to Alexandria, where he andhis brother, R.A., had charge of the Alexandria Enterprise for a year. He thenlocated at Woodbury. November, 1884, he took his present position and has beenvery successful. He is an ardent Democrat and wide-awake business man, and anable editor. July, 180, he married Miss. M.A., daughter of J.A. and N.L.Bryson of Cannon County. Four children have been born to the union: ClingmanT., Eliza J. (deceased), Hugh L. and Lemuel B.J.G. Moore, clerk of the county court of Cannon County, is a native of thecounty, having been born in 1837 and is the eldest of a family of tenchildren, nine of whom are still living. His parents were William andElizabeth (Warren) Moore. Both natives of Virginia, the former having beenborn in 1813, and having come to this country in about 1843. The latter wasborn in 1816. The subject of this sketch received his education mainly in theMountain Creek Institute, Warren County. In 1866 he was married to MissElizabeth Taylor, daughter of N.M. Taylor. To this marriage were born sixchildren. Mr. Moore is a carpenter and builder by trade and also a farmer,though he follows his trade most of the time. In 1872 he was elected registerof the county, and filled the position for one term. In August, 1886, he waselected to his present position. He served as magistrate of the district tenyears. He is a man well known and highly esteemed by all, and has always givenencouragement to every laudable public enterprise. Politically he is aDemocrat, and he is a member of both the Odd Fellow and Masonic fraternities.Both himself and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. In 1861 hejoined the Confederate Army, becoming a mem13ber of Company H, Eighteenth Tennessee Infantry, of which J.B. Palmer was atthe time colonel. He was in many of the hard-fought battles of the war, waswounded at Fort Donelson, and was captured at Missionary Ridge, whence he wastaken to Indianapolis, Ind., where he was held prisoner until the close of thewar.

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    accesses; 22 April 2010; Nancy E. Brevard, born Feb. 17, 1811; married Daniel Vance, Jan. 3, 1833, died Sept. 26, 1867.; p 141.

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  2. United States. 1850 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M432)
    Source Citation: Year: 1850; Census Place: District 9, Wilson, Tennessee; Roll: M432_901; Page: 396A; Image: 172.

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  3. United States of America, Bureau of the Census. 1850 U.S. Census Slave Schedule. (Washington D.C.)
    Source Information:Ancestry.com. 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 200.

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  4. "1860 United States Federal Census- Slave Schedules," database, Ancestry.com, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com/:
    Source Information:Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2010.

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  5. United States. 1860 U.S. Census Population Schedule. (National Archives Microfilm Publication M653)
    Source Citation: Year: 1860; Census Place: , Cannon, Tennessee; Roll: M653_1242; Page: 385; Image: 207; Family History Library Film: 805242.

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  6. National Archives (NARA) microfilm series: M603, M754-M771, M773-M777, M779-M780, M782, M784, M787-M789, M791-.

    Name: Eliza Vance
    State: Tennessee
    Tax Year: 1862
    Roll Title: Anderson, Bedford, Benton, Bledsoe, Blount, Bradley, Cannon, Carroll, Carter, Cheatham, Claiborne, and Coffee counties
    NARA Series: T227
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