Early days in Houston 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). The new 42-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: Geography -- minerals, topography, etc.; Early settlers, beginning about 1799 with Henry Edwards; Indian Treaty with dividing line on Tennessee Ridge; Block-house; Early pioneers -- the Brigham family, Daniel and Christopher "Uncle Buck" Buchanan and Angus McAuley; Early mills; Distilleries or "Still-houses"; Iron furnaces and lime works; Early slave-holders; Statistics; Boundary lines for Houston County established in 1871 from parts of Stewart, Humphreys and Dickson Counties; Organizing commission and polling places; Early officials, judges, attorneys and grand jurymen; Boundary disputes; Arlington, first county seat, later a suburb of Erin, the present county seat; Businesses and newspapers, etc; Stewart Station and Danville; Schools and churches; Early county buildings; Early court cases -- murder, burglary, robbery, etc.; Civil War, with support for theConfederate side; Guerrillas, bushwhackers, and foragers and incidents relating to such. 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: Gen. W.J. Boraddus, Henry H. Buquo, James C. Dickson, James W. Dickson, Samuel D. Dillon, John F. Edwards, William F. Grafried, B.F. Hagler, Volney R. Harris, James Hoppes, James S. Lee, Thomas Mahony, J.W. McDonald, Capt. James M. Nesbitt, G.W. Outlaw, Edward Partridge, William H. Rice, Barton V. SalisburyW.C. Shelton, G.W.N. Shelton, George W. Simpson, James M. Skelton, and Nathan O. Thomas.
Houston County, TN
Sources: History of Houston County Tennessee; History of Tennessee
Authors: Mary L. Geiffs
Original Publication Year: 1886
Original Publisher: The Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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