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Biographical Sketches of Meigs County Tennessee

Extracted from Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee 1887.

Biographical Sketches of some of the early residents of the county.

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Elisha S. Boggess was born at Ten Mile Stand, Meigs Co., Tenn., June 9, 1856, and is the son of Abijah and Lavina (Sharp) Boggess. The father was born in Meigs County, and was killed at the battle of Bentonville (N.C.) while enlisted in the Confederate service; he enlisted in the Twenty-sixth Tennessee Regiment as captain in 1861. He was at a great number of battles: was taken prisoner and exchanged, but enlisted again. He was a successful farmer, and a Democrat. His parents were Abijah and Susan E. Boggess, who died in Meigs County. They were old settlers of Meigs County, Tenn. The mother was born in Meigs County, and is now a resident of the same, fifty-eight years of age. She is a member of the Baptist Church. Our subject is the fourth of seven children. He secured a good education as could be obtained at the home schools. He lived with his mother until twenty years of age, when he went to his mother's farm in the Second District, and remained seven years; then purchased 460 acres of land in the Seventh District, 300 of which are under cultivation. He is a member of the Baptist Church, and is a Democrat. December 30, 1890, he married Martha Ewing, who was born in Roane County in 1864. She is the daughter of Elijah and Mary Ewing. She had a liberal education and is a member of the Baptist Church. This union has resulted in three children, all living: Sudie, Catha and Dixie.

Samuel J. Breeden, M. D., was born in Roane County, July 25, 1852, the son of William and Nancy (Barnard)Breeden, of Irish and German stock, the former born on the Virginia and Tennessee line, in 1803, and deceased in 1865, the latter born in 1814, in Roane County, and deceased in Loudon County in 1877. The parents spent their married life in Roane County, where they made farm life a success. The father was a Union Democrat, and both had been Baptists, but the mother and probably the father also became members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The father was a colonel in the Cherokee war, and was a financial success, although he lost much in surety money. Our subject, the seventh of eight children, on account of delicate health and the war, was educated but a little before fifteen years of age, when he was educated chiefly at Hiwassee College, in Monroe County. He was then a salesman in Philadelphia, Tenn., for two years. He soon

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