Early days in Wilson County in Middle Tennessee are recalled in this spiral bound booklet compiled from excerpts from: History of Tennessee, originally published in 1887 by Goodspeed Publishing Co., and Counties of Tennessee by Austin P. Foster (1923). The new 80-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 great Silurian basin -- soil, minerals, trees, the Cumberland River, etc.;Land grants and early settlers (lots of names);Mills and stills; First store and oldest house; How the county was established and its boundaries; County buildings; County and court officials; Court cases -- divorces, public whippings, branding, murder, horse theft, bigamy, lynching, etc.; State officials from Wilson County; Lawyers; Revolutionary War veterans; Local militia; War of 1812; Florida War; Mexican War; Civil War support for the South, with names of units and some officers; Occupation of Lebanon first by Federal troups and later by Confederates under Gen. Morgan; Lebanon, the county seat; Neddie Jacobs; Newspapers, Businesses, doctors, societies;Other communities -- Statesville, Cainsville, Gladesville, Mount Juliet, Green Hill, Lagardo, Leeville, Taylorsville, Commerce, Cherry Valley, etc.; Schools, including Carroll Academy, Maple Hill Seminary and Cumberland University; Churches; and other items. The WPA tours include stops at the Nathan Green Home, Castle Heights Military Academy and other places 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: James N. Adams, Dr. Joseph M. Anderson, James Aust, Dr. R.H. Baker, Capt. Wade Baker, Capt. William P. Bandy, Jonathan Bandy, Daniel J. Barton, J.P. Bashaw, Rev. Richard Beard, E.E. Beard, Maj. Robert Bell, W.H. Brown, T.B. Brown, J.W. Bryan, Prof. E.S. Bryan, P.B. Calhoun, Joseph Camper, Robert Cantrell, John D. Carson, Maj. Samuel A. Carter, John L. Castleman, J.P. Cawthon, J.D. Chambers, H.A. Chambers, D.D. Clayton, Dr. Lemuel N.A. Cook, David Cook, Clark Cook, E.K. Cook, DR. M.W. Cowen, J.P. Cox, W.T. Cragwall, James A. Curd, Dr. J.N. Curd, W.P. Davis, R.T. Davis, L.J. Dodson, G.T. Dodson, William W. Donnell, G.L. Drifoos, John Eatherly, Dr. J.C. Eskew, J.M. Fakes, Col. O.G. Finley, Foster G. Finley, Robert V. Foster, John H. Freese, Jesse H. Gleaves, Eugene C. Gleaves, J.B. Grandstaff, William J. Grannis, J.S. Gribble, J.V. Grigsby, William Hay Halbert, W.F. Hamblen, James Hamilton, J.W. Hamilton Jr., Samuel Hamilton, R.A. Hancock, Wesley Hancock, Prof. J.B. Hancock, J.E. Hancock, Dr. William Hannah, Dr. J.S. Haralson, William M. Harkreader, J.A. Haynes, Lee Hays, James B. Horn, J.M. Horn, J.W. Huddleston, R.M. Ireland, Thomas Jenkins, J.M. Jennings, J.L. Jennings, C.L. Johns, J.C. Johnson, Calvin Jones, J.H. Kennedy, John D. Kirkpatrick, N.P. Lanom, John A. Lester, William J. Lester, Dr. J.R. Lester, J.D. Lester, N. Lawrence Lindsley, Frank Lindsley, T. G. Logue, Andrew B. Martin, J.B. Martin, W.D. Martin, R.P. McClain, John B. McClain, Robinson McMillan, Mrs. E.C. McMurry, James Nelson, Dr. John D. Owen, J. Harrison Ozment, John Palmer, Thomas A. Partlow, Thomas Phillips, Hardin Phillips, S.S. Preston, G.A. Pursley, James H. Ragland, John H. Ramsay, J.M. Rice, Dr. G.L. Robinson, R.C. Sanders, Ervin K. Shannon, Alex Shannon, Finis E. Shannon, Rev. S.G. Shepard, J.R. Shorter, W.H. Smith, J.E. Stratton, S.G. Stratton, L.D. Stroud, A. Sullivan, B.J. Tarver, J.B. Tarver, William B. Tatum, James H. Taylor, Col. R.E. Thompson, William T. Thompson, Ed. L. Vance Jr., B.J. Vanhook, W.C. Walker, W.H. Wallace, J.S. Wamack, J.M. Watkins, Dr. R.L.C. White, J.H. Williams, W.W. Wilson, R.Q. Word, George W. Wright, J.K. Wright, Robert Young, G.D. Young, Joseph Young, and J.W. Young.