Stewart County, Tennessee
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Abernathy, Benjamin F.  M. D.
Practicing at the La Grange Iron Works, was born in Davidson County, 1849. both father and mother were born in this state and after marriage followed farming. Previous to that event he had been engaged in the mercantile business. In their family were five children- two boys and three girls. Both parents were active workers in the Methodist Episcopal Church. After a fairly long and useful life the father died at the age of fifty-two. The mother still lives, being fifty-seven. Benjamin inherits French blood from his paternal ancestry and English from his maternal. In boyhood Benjamin had good educational advantages. Having acted as shipping clerk in a warehouse for a short time, he stayed in a drug store with a view of studying medicine. In 1868 he began such study under J.L. & T. Trice and later entered the Louisville Medical College graduating from there in 1872. With the exception of some three years he has practiced in Stewart County ever since. In 1875 he and Ada M. Chilton celebrated their nuptial festivities. To this union one child was born. His first wife having died, he was married in 1878, to Mrs. Anna E. (Bradford) Gatlin. Both husband and wife are leading members in the Christian church. In politics he is a Democrat, as was his father. The Doctor owns a tract of land containing some 1300 acres, a large part of which he has made by trading. He is accounted a good doctor and has an extensive practice. Source: The Goodspeeds History of TN - Stewart Co. 1886, Page 1289

Acree, Nathan C.
A farmer of Stewart County, was born in 1831 of the marriage of Edward and Mary (Ross) Acree. The mother was born in this State but the father's nativity is unknown. Having reached maturity they were married and raised a family of eight children-six sons and two daughters. The father's chief occupation was tilling the soil, though in early life he had run on a flat-boat. His wife was a member of the Baptist Church from girlhood. The father was a just, quiet, peace abiding citizen, when at the high noon of manhood he was cut off by the reaper death. She was afterward married, her second husband being B. Jameson, who lived but a few years. She has reached the ripe age of seventy-four. Nathan's early advantages were such as were common to the farmer boys of those times and on reaching manhood he took charge of himself. Having sown and reaped a moderate crop of "wild oats" he was married in 1856 to Sarah J. Marberry by whom he had ten children, nine of whom are now living. Thereupon he settled down to farming and has become one of the first citizens of his community. He and his wife are both active members in the Baptist Church. When married he was $600 worse than nothing; now he owns 300 acres of good land and is considered a first-class farmer. He is a warm supporter of the Democratic party. Source: The Goodspeeds History of TN - Stewart Co. 1886, Page 1289-1290

Allen John M.
One of the enterprising business men of Dover, is the son of Thomas and Ann (Mapledoram) Allan. His parents were both of foreign nativity, the father from Scotland and the mother from England. Soon after their marriage in Bristol they sailed for this country, lading at Norfolk, Va.; thence they moved to Sullivan County, N.Y. were they made their permanent home. By trade he was a ship-carpenter. Though he was not a professing Christian he had profound reverence for the Sabbath and its services. He still lives at a very old age. John is a native of Sullivan County, N.Y., born in 1841. Having received a common school education early life he learned the carpenter's trade, at which he worked till 1862, when he volunteered in Company A, One Hundred and Forty-third New York Infantry, to give service to the Union, and after serving nearly three years returned bearing an honorable discharge. Having become acquainted with Nannie Overstreet, their marital rites were appropriately solemnized in 1866. Both belong to the Christian Church. Politically considered he is a Democrat. His occupations have been various, such as merchandising, brick-making and carpentering. In 1878, he in partnership with T.R. Martin, opened a store and undertaker's room in Dover. Having dropped the former he conducts the latter in connection with a livery stable. Whatever Mr. Allan takes hold of is the better for his having handled it. Such men deserve the esteem of all. Source: The Goodspeeds History of TN - Stewart Co. 1886, Page 1289-1290

Atkins, William J.
A farmer of Stewart County, is the son of George B. and Sarah (Matheny) Atkins. In 1804, the father came to this county from North Carolina, his native State, and settled at Bellwood. The mother was born in Tennessee. Having married they located in Giles County and in 1849 came to Stewart. In their family were ten children -seven girls and three boys. By occupation the father was a stone-cutter and farmer. At the age of fifty-three the father died; his widow lived to be seventy. William is a native of Giles County, born in 1831. Having received a common school education he prepared himself for the profession of teaching by his own efforts, and for eleven years followed the same in winter. In 1880 he took to wife Mrs. Vedora A. (Foster) Allen, by which he has but one child, Orman. For twenty years he has held the office of magistrate and for nearly four years has been chairman of the county court. He is now on his second term as public guardian and administrator for the county; besides, he was one of the commissioners who redistricted the county into school and civil districts. He and both his parents belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church. His wife is a Missionary Baptist. Politically he supports the principles of the Democratic party, as did his father. Mr. Atkins is accounted one of the good farmers and enterprising citizens of his county. Source: The Goodspeeds History of TN - Stewart Co. 1886, Page 1290-1291



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