Early days in Giles 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 56-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: Physical features; Agriculture: Early settlements with names of many early settlers; Evicting settlers on Indian lands; Mills and cotton gins; Organization of the county and early county and court officials; Transportation; County buildings; Court cases -- malicious stabbing, grand larceny, murder, horse stealing, etc.; Military connections -- War of 1812, the county militia, the Florida War, the War with Mexico and the Civil War (supporting the Confederacy); Union invaders in the county; Hanging of a spy; Pulaski -- businesses and secret societies; Other towns -- Elkton, Lynnville, Prospect, Aspin Hill, Campbellsville; Schools, including Martin College; Churches; and other items of interest. Besides the many 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: Dr. Charles Clayton Abernathy, Dr. Charles Alfred Abernathy, Lewis Amis, William F. Ballentine, Andrew J. Ballentine, Thomas W. Barber, John L. Baugh, John A. Beasley, Henry L. Booth, Joseph W. Braden, Henry M. Brannon, Charles Buford, Frank G. Buford, Adrian D. Bull, Dr. James H. Campbell, Dr. H. Taylor Campbell, William C. Carter, J. Samuel Childers, William A. Coffman, William R. Craig, Thomas E. Daly, Washington R. Dickerson, Z.W. Ewing, Will S. Ezell, Pink M. Ezell, Abram F. Finley, capt. John D. Flautt, William Fogg, Thomas S. Fogg, Dr. Andrew L. Glaze, Dr. George D. Gray, Berry c. Hardiman, Thomas B. Harwell, Robert A. Hazlewood, Dr. Robert N. Herbert, Lewis S. Hodge, William J. Howard, Samuel c. Johnston, Dr. Monroe M. Johnson, Thomas M. Jones, James L. Jones, John W. Judkins, Dr. Jasper Kelsey, John T. Lowry, Thomas Martin, Dr. Jesse Mayes, Joseph S. McCaul, Dr. George W. McGuire, Andrew J. McKimmen, James T. McKissack, Henry Clay McLaurine, Mark McNairy, James O. Mitchell, Marcus M. Mitchell, Asa W. Moore, Jacob B. Morell, Joshua Morris, William G. Nance, William c. Nelson, Robert S. Partrick, Dr. Wiley B. Pepper, Richard Pepper, Rev. Francis F. Pollard, Jefferson D. Pullen, Richard H. Ragsdale, Isaac H. Rainey, Rufus C. Reynolds, George T. Riddle, Dr. Joseph coleman Roberts, Solon E. Rose, James C. Sanders, Samuel D. Scott, James Scruggs, George E. Short, Prof. William J. Smith, Nathan A. Smith, Noble Smithson, Rev. John G. Smithson, Isaac Newton Smithson, Joseph B. Stacy, Dr. John T. Steele, Coleman L. Stevenson, Wilbur M. Stephenson, George E. Suttle, Epperson Tarpley,, Callaway H. Tidwell, Dr. James J. Upshaw, Rev. John F. Walker, Dr. Mark W. Waters, John R.D. Williams, Dr. Thomas L. Williams, Samuel S. Williamson, Samuel A. Wilson, Joseph M. Wright and Hugh Yokley. The WPA section includes information on the beginning of the Ku Klux Klan, Sam Davis' hanging, Colonial Hall and Martin College.