Early days in Macon County and Trousdale County, TN, are recalled in this 42-page spiral bound booklet primarily excerpted from the rare 1887 book: History of Tennessee, originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Co. The booklet is printed on 60# paper with the print enlarged for easier reading. A vinyl sheet has been added to protect the front cover. The first 15 pages of the booklet are devoted to the history of the two counties, while most of the balance contains biographies of prominent residents, some of which include insights into local history. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: MACON COUNTY -- Lafayette (county seat), and Red Boiling Springs; TROUSDALE -- Hartsville (county seat) and Hartsville-Trousdale. Among the many subjects included are: a physical description of each county, agriculture, earliest settlers and settlements, establishment of each county, names of many early county officials; county buildings; the town of LaFayette and its various businesses, schools and churches; the town of Hartsville and its various businesses, churches, lodges, etc.; the Civil War, including the occupation of Hartsville by Federal troops and an attack by Gen. John Morgan; Education, including the Hartsville Female Institute; and other items of interest. Biographies include the following names: Macon -- Nathaniel M. Adams, M.N. Alexander, Dr. E.H. Bratton, Pryor W. Carter, Samuel W. Carter, Dr. Benton Cothron, Jacob Eller, J.H. Forgason, W.J. Gray, T.H. Gregory, S.C. Harlin, William C. Johnson, Dr. William G. Key, Dr. M.L. Kirby, George McKinnis, William B. Mooningham, Dr. F.M. Puttie, I.L. Roark, H.C. Smith, Rev. J.L. Talman, George Walton, Jesse West, V.M. Whitley, J.T. Wootten; Trousdale -- J.A. Andrews, Col. D.L. Goodall, W.M. Hammock, W.W. Jenkins, E.P. Lowe Jr., J.H. Neely, and J. W. Rankin. The final part of the booklet contains a brief excerpt from Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster, and an excerpt from Tennessee, a Guide to the State, compiled and written by the Federal Writer's Project of the WPA in 1939.
Macon County, TN
Sources: History of Macon County Tennessee; History of Tennessee; History of Trousdale County Tennessee
Authors: Mary L. Geiffs
Original Publication Year: 1886
Original Publisher: The Goodspeed Publishing Co.
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