Early days in Bedford County in Middle Tennessee are recalled in this spiral bound booklet compiled from excerpts from: History of Tennessee, originally published in 1886 by Goodspeed Publishing Co., and Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster (1923), and Tennessee, a Guide to the State, a 1939 Federal Writer's Project of the WPA. The new 95-page booklet is printed on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. Among the subjects included are: Location in the Central Basin of Tennessee -- soils, minerals, streams;Names of early settlers; List of persons receiving land grants; Mills and distilleries; Militia officers; County organization; the first court house, jail, etc; Roads, bridges, railroads; Early justices, judges, other court officials, and lawyers; Court actions, including a fine for "permitting" a slave "to live as a free person of color"; Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Mexican War veterans; County divided on Civil War; the Shelbyville Rebels and other Confederate units; Union units including the Second Regiment of Tennessee Infantry; "Forrest's Escorts," a cavalry unit; the War on Bedford soil; Bushwhackers; the towns of Shelbyville (county seat), Wartrace, Bellbuckle, Fairfield, Unionville and others -- businesses, societies, newspapers, doctors etc.; Various academies; Churches; and other items of interest. Besides the names mentioned in the first part of the booklet, there are a number of biographies. Most are fairly lengthy, and often include ancestors, previous residences, children, in-laws, affiliations, war records, and business activities. In the course of this they often shed light on the early businesses, professions and institutions in the county. The biographies include: John W. Adams, J.C. Akin, D.M. Alford, John H. Allen, A.E. Atkinson, John A. Barrett, A.P. (Dock) Baxter, Walter S. Bearden, Robert B. Bigham, William Blackburn, John N. Blackwell, Benjamin W. Blanton, Eugene Blakemore, Col. George W. Bounds, F.M. Bowling, John A. Bramblett, James P. Brown, Mrs. Mary A. (Clary) Brown, James B. Brown, T.G. Buchanan, John S. Butler, Charles L. Cannon, John T. Cannon, Alexander Cortner, Joseph H. Cates, John Catner, Peter Catner, Dr. J.W. Clary, J.C. Claxton, Thomas Cleveland, B.F. Cleveland, Thomas H. Coldwell, Gen. Ernest Coldwell, William Collier, Mrs. Ida J. Collins, John Jackson Comer, J.B. Cooper, Alexander A. Cooper, G.W. Cook, J.P. Cothran, Dr. Robert W. Couch, Reuben C. Couch, Oliver Cowan and Co., Dr. Thomas Chapman McCrory, J.M. Crowel, Cyrus W. Cunningham, Dr. J.M. Cunningham, B.M. Curtiss, Dr. I.S. Davidson, Elnathan G. Davis, William G. Davis, J.B. Dickens, Henry C. Dickerson, Rev. A.G. Dinwiddie, James N. Dryden, Nathaniel L. Dryden, Dr. Benjamin F. Duggan, H. C. Dwiggins, James H. Dyer, Henry C. Dyer, J.F. Elliott, Rev. Asa W. Elkins, Martin Eules, Dr. Robert F. Evans, W.L. Faris, J.C. Fisher, B.F. Foster, H.R. Freeman, John G. Frost, Dr. William D. Frost, William A. Frost, Alfred D. Fugitt, John A. Gannaway, Bradley Gambill, Thomas J. Gambill, N.C. Gambill Jr., R.C. Garrett, L.T. Gaunt, John J. Gill, J.S. Gillis, James B. Green, B.T. Gregory, John H. Grider, Samuel B. Gordon, Richard D. Gordon, N.W. Haley, John V. Hall, Hiram Harris, John Hart, W.R. Haynes, W.G. Hight, William S. Hix, J.H. Hix, Berry D. Holt, John W. Holt, James Hoover, Syd Houston, James B. Hunter, George C. Huffman, A.J. Jarrell, James D. Jeffress, L.E. Jones, Thomas J. Jones, Thomas J. Joyce, Samuel F. Knott, C.M. Kincaid, William L. Kimbro, Jackson G. Kimery, Henry H. Landess, Dr. George L. Landis, Charles W. Leftwich, James M. Lentz, Dr. Thomas Lipscomb, Jacob Lynn, Levi Madison, Gabriel Maupin, T.S. Mayes, William McGill John A. McGill, Thomas B. McGill, E.H. McGowan, Dr. Joseph H. McGrew, James W.C. Mitchell, Robert S. Montgomery, T.S. Montgomery, Dr. George W. Moody, Clement J. Moody, Dr. John R. Moon, Q.E. Morton, Edward A. Moseley Jr., George P. Muse, Will J. Muse, Thomas Nance, P.W. Norman, W.C. Orr, Isaiah Parker, George W. Parsons, John W. Parsons, Granville C. Pearson, Thomas B. Philpott, M.P. Pickle, M.A. Pickle, C.B. Raney, George W. Read, J.C. Read, Robert Reaves, William Russell, Robert Columbus Russ, L. H. Russ, John W. Ruth, John W. Rutledge, Rutledge and Thompson, Dr. Albert P. Ryall, Thomas C. Ryall, Thomas C. Ryall Jr., Rev. G.C. Sandusky, Rev. William M. Shaw, William S. Shaw, William J. Shofner, Monroe Shofner, Benjamin Forsyth Smalling, George Smith, John A. Smith, W.B. Snell, W.T. Solomon, Richard Henry Stem, Felix Turrentine, Henry H. Stephens, J.M.L. Stephens, Walter W. Summers, Walter Finley Sutton, William B. Sutton, C.N. Taylor, John W. Thompson, George W. Thompson, W. Thompson, Thomas C. Thompson, Zach Thompson, W.E.A. Thompson, Col. Lewis Tillman, Micager Troxler, John C. Troxler, William T. Tune, Kester L. Tune, James L. Turner, James Vannatta, Warren Waite, Prof. Simeon V. Wall, Capt. James A. Warder, Thomas W. Warner, Charles A. Warren, Madison H. Webb, John W. Wells, William D. Wheeler, Roberson A. Whitaker, Thomas A. White, Dr. William H. Whittemore, John W. Wiggins, J. Greer Wiggins, David Williams, Dr. Thomas W. Wood, J.P. Wood, Moses Woodfin, James C. Yell, Benjamin B. Yell, Joshua Yell and Prof. John S. Yoes.