Early days in Williamson County, in the heart of Middle Tennessee, are recalled in this spiral bound booklet compiled from excerpts from the 1886 book: History of Tennessee, originally published by Goodspeed Publishing Co., 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. The 88-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, including waterways, agriculture, etc.; Early settlers ; the establishment of the county and of the county seat, Franklin; county buildings and officials; roads and railroads; Academies; schools and churches; militia companies before the Civil War; lawyers, juries and courts; court cases and punishments (including ten lashes on the bare back for stealing five cents); the Seminole War; Civil War times -- military units and leaders, and the battle between forces of Gen. John Hood and Gen. Schofield at Franklin; Peytonsville; Thompson Station; early businesses, banks, lodges, etc; historic homes in the area, 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: William E. Alexander, S. Anderson, Rev. Mark Andrews, John Andrews, William Armstrong, John Atwood, Robert A. Bailey, Thomas R. Barrick, John J. Beech, Thomas O. Betts, William F. Bingham, James J. Bingham, Thomas H. Bond, James C. Bostick, Joseph H. Bowman, Philip Boxley, William W. Brooks, John A. Buchanan, E.B. Buchanan, Rev. Claudius Buchanan, Josiah Butt, Andrew Campbell, Newton Cannon, Joseph Carl, Col. Moscow B. Carter, Joseph T. Chadwell, Joel Champion, Dr. John Gillem Clay, John S. Claybrooke, William Collins, Henry Howe Cook, Mrs. Sarah e. Cooke, Dr. J.D. Core, David R. Corlett, R.F. Cotton, Robert S. Cowles, Col. N.N. Cox, William H. Crouch, James P. Crutcher, Charles H. Davis, John D. DeGraffenried, John F. Demumbran, Joseph T. Demumbran, Alexander Dodd, Talbot F. Dodd, Robert M. Doss, Edwin H. Douglas, Henry C. Edmondson, David C. Edmondson, Edmond W. Eggleston, Josiah E. Elliott, William H. Evans, John T. Fleming, John T. Fleming, William C. Fleming, A. Brice Fleming, Charles Fulton, Dr. Watson M. Gentry, Dr. Daniel German, Moses G. Gosey, Willis K. Green, Dr. Madison G. Green, DeWitt C. Griggs, Richard T. Hailey, John C. Haley, William C. Haley, William E. Hamilton, Daniel A. Hampton, Dr. James P. Hanner, Turner L. Harrison, James W. Harrison, Abram W. Hatcher, Thomas Elliot Haynes, E. Marcellus Hearn, John H. Hill, Charles H. Hill, James H. Hoge, C.H. Hoskins, William House, Dr. S.J. House, B.R. Hughes, G.R. Hughes, Lee Hughes, John H. Hunter, Dr. George B. Hunter, James P. Johnson, S.A. Joyce, David J. Kenneday, Dr. T.H. Kennedy, John W. King, William King, B.F. King, Claibourne H. Kinnard, George M. Kittrell, Robert H. Kittrell, Gilbert H. Lamb, Dr. Hiram A. Laws, Joshua B. Lillie, Thomas Mahon, John W. Mallory, Clement W. Mallory, Fulton A. Mayberry, W.L. McCall, Aaron C. McCord, James McEwen, John McGavock, William S. McLemore, John A. Miller, J.G. Moody, Alexander Moore, John B. Murrey, Isaac L. Neely, J.W.L. Nevils, John M. Nevils, Dr. James A. North, Jerome J. O'Conner, Dr. Urbane G. Owen, Peter D. Owen, D.C. Padgett, Jacob T. Page, John Page, John W. Parham, James Patton, Thomas F. Perkins, Samuel F. Perkins, N. Edwin Perkins, Capt. Henry P. Pointer, George W. Pollard, James H. Porter, Peter H. Reed, Gideon W. Riggs, Hiram E. Ring, W.T. Roberts, Capt. William J. Robinson, John Henry Rolffs, Ashley B. Rozell, James J. Sayers, A. G. Scales, John Scales, Pleasant D. Scales, Young Scruggs, Theo Scruggs, Col. Samuel E. Shannon, J.A. Short, William H. Smith, Samuel A. Smith, Nathaniel N. Smithson, George W. Smithson, Dr. Seth C. Sparkman, James T. Sparkman, Thomas W. Sparkman, John B. Sprott, William H. Sprott, James P. Sprott, James W. Stevens, Park Street, John M. Street, Josephus L. Sweeny, Rev. Stephen Allen Taylor, Herbert R. Temple, Atha Thomas, Hugh Blair Todd, B.B. Toon, Alpheus Truett, C.R. Turner, Dr. William M. Turner, Andrew C. Vaughan, John H. Waggoner, Dr. Obadiah Waller, J.E. Walters, John C. Wells, Dr. William White, Dr. Thomas W. Whitfield, James T. Wilhoite, Clem W. Williams, John Wilson, William E. Winstead, and John M. Winstead.