Early days in McNairy County, TN, are recalled in this new 26 page spiral bound booklet of excerpts from the rare 1887 book: History of Tennessee, originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Co. in 1887, and other sources. The booklet is printed one-sided on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. In one place, the owner of the original book crossed out the name of one church and wrote in another in longhand, and this remains in the reprint. After a description of the land and waterways, county growth, the booklet discusses early settlers, including W.S. Wisdon, Benjamin Wright, Mcclin Cross and many others; the first "legal hanging" and the names of the jurors; an interesting will, excluding any "infidel, atheist...or disunionist"; a 17+ year dispute over location of the county seat; Regiment No. 402 organized under militia law; other Confederate and Union units; the courthouse and other public buildings; Care of the poor; the unbuilt Chambers and Purdy Turnpike; the Memphis and Charleston Railroad; Sheriffs and other officials; churches; schools; Newspapers; and a paragraph of so on the various towns: Adamsville, McNairy Station, Bethel Springs, Falcon, Ramer, Chewalla, and Gravel Hill. The next section of the booklet contains biographies of prominent residents: Prof. M.R. Abernathy, R.D. Anderson, Peyton Atkins, J.T. Barnhill, John G. Combs, N.A. Erwin, Dixon Etheridge, F.M. Freeman, W.A. Gooch, various members of the Hamm family; B.S. McIntire, Josiah Jeans, Robert E. McKinney, Gen. John H. Meeks, Orvil L. Meeks, S.M. Perkins, J.P. Prince, John H. Reeder, Dr. W.M. Sanders, J.W. Stumph, R.P. Swain, and several members of the Warren family. The final part of the booklet contains brief excerpts from Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster, and Tennessee, a Guide to the State, compiled and written by the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA in 1939. There is also a map of this part of the state.
McNairy County, TN
Sources: History of Tennessee ; History of McNairy County Excerpt
Authors: John Warner Barber
Original Publication Year: 1887
Original Publisher: Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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