Third Generation

8. John Henry3 Williford (Alfred2, Green1)(16) was born in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN March 20, 1843. John died before 1881.

He married Martha Elizabeth Brown in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, 1864.(17) Martha was born August 1849 in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN. Martha(18) was the daughter of A. C. Brown and Martha Unknown. Occupation: Dressmaker. At 15 years of age Martha became the mother of Georgia Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, 1865. At 19 years of age Martha became the mother of William Thomas Willerford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, October 11, 1868. At 21 years of age Martha became the mother of Eliza Isabel Williford in SUMNER, TN, February 14, 1871. At 24 years of age Martha became the mother of Emma S. Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, 1874. At 26 years of age Martha became the mother of James H. Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, September 1875. Martha became the mother of Robert B. Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, circa 1880. At 35 years of age Martha became the mother of Joseph Luther Williford in SUMNER, TN, May 1885. At 38 years of age Martha became the mother of Nell Williford in SUMNER, TN, March 1888.

Occupation: Farmer. At 22 years of age John became the father of Georgia Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, 1865. At 25 years of age John became the father of William Thomas Willerford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, October 11, 1868. John was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census in SUMNER, TN.(19) 1870 SUMNER, TN Census, Gallatin District #13, Roll 1566, p. 761

NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION BORN

Wilerford, Henry 24 M Works on Farm TN * , Bettie 99 F Keeping house TN , Georgia 3 F TN , William 1 M TN * , Mary 26 F TN * , Thomas 9 M TN

* Bettie's age is wrong. She is the wife. * Mary is John's sister and Thomas is her son.

At 27 years of age John became the father of Eliza Isabel Williford in SUMNER, TN, February 14, 1871. At 31 years of age John became the father of Emma S. Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, 1874. At 32 years of age John became the father of James H. Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, September 1875. John became the father of Robert B. Williford in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN, circa 1880. John was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census in SUMNER, TN.(20) 1880 SUMNER, TN Census, 10th District, Roll 1282, p. 157

NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION BORN FATHER MOTHER

Willerford, J.H. 37 M Farming TN TN TN Lizzaebeth 31 F Keeping house TN VA VA Georgia 15 F At school TN TN TN William T. 12 M At school TN TN TN Eliza I. 9 F At school TN TN TN Emma 6 F At School TN TN TN Jas H. 4 M TN TN TN

At 42 years of age John became the father of Joseph Luther Williford in SUMNER, TN, May 1885. At 44 years of age John became the father of Nell Williford in SUMNER, TN, March 1888.

John Henry was born in Sumner County, TN, and was the author's Great-Great-Grandfather. Not much is known about his early years, but sometime around 1860 his father Alfred must have died since the US Census indicates that his family members were living and working in their neighbors homes and his father is nowhere to be found. In addition John, himself, was living in the Brown household working as a farmhand. In that same household was a young girl named Martha Elizabeth who may have become his future wife in 1864. This then is the assumption taken by the author that the maiden name of his wife was Brown and not Bradley as some family members have reported.

At the start of the Civil War, John Henry enlisted in Company F, 20th Regiment Tennessee Infantry of the Confederate Army on June 1, 1861 in Trousdale County, TN. The enlisting officer was J. G. Pickett. He joined this unit at the same time as his brother Greene. He served in this regiment until September 11, 1863 when he was captured near Chattanooga, TN. At this time, he took an allegiance to the Union and was parolled to Gallatin, TN. He was forwarded to Gallatin on September 17, 1863. Confederate muster rolls show him as having deserted. He was also hospitalized for acute diarrhea at the Hospital in Tunnel Hill, GA from July 3, 1863 to July 30, 1863. His rank was private during his enlistment.

At the Battle of Stones River, his unit was part of Pillow's Brigade in Breckinridge's Division on the Confederate right flank. They rushed a fence and leveled several vollies of fire at the Union troops. They charged again by pushing the fence over with the weight of their bodies. Reaching the crest of the Federal positions, the fighting was hand to hand until Col. Bernard F. Mullen, the Union commander, ordered a retreat. The route was short lived. Soon after, the Federals counterattacked and drove the Confederates back to their original lines. (See ref. "The Struggle for Tennessee" in the Time-Life Civil War Series, pp. 153-155.)

(For more information on this unit and the death of his brother Greene Williford see also ref. "The Road to Shiloh" in the Time- Life Civil War Series pp. 55-56.)

Following his apparent dissertion from the Confederacy, John must have returned home to Gallatin. There he married Martha Elizabeth Brown in 1864 and began farming and raising a family. Together they had eight children, four boys and four girls. Then sometime around 1881, John died. The family needing support moved to Nashville where his wife and elder children worked in the Nashville Manufacturing Company factory. This move to the big city is clearly shown in the US City Directories.

His marriage to Martha Brown is an assumption. In 1860 he can be found on the Sumner County US Census living in the Brown household. There was an Elizabeth and a Martha living in that same house. In addition, there were 2 other Brown families living next door. He may have married one of the daughters. His wife's age is not well determined. There are mistakes in her age on several census records. Once again we are faced with conflicting information. The following is a copy of the 1860 Sumner TN US Census:

1860 TN Sumner, Gallatin, District 17, June 27, Roll # 278, p.,302B

NAME AGE SEX OCCUPATION BORN Brown A.C. 37 M Sadler & Farmer TN " Martha 35 F AL " Elizabeth 8 F TN " Martha J. 7 F TN " S. S. 3 M TN " M. S. 5 ? F TN " Delia ? F TN John Williford 17 M TN

John Henry Williford and Martha Elizabeth Brown had the following children:

child + 10 i. Georgia4 Williford was born 1865.

child + 11 ii. William Thomas Willerford was born October 11, 1868.

child + 12 iii. Eliza Isabel Williford was born February 14, 1871.

child + 13 iv. Emma S. Williford was born 1874.

child 14 v. James H. Williford was born in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN September 1875. James died November 24, 1900 in Nashville, DAVIDSON, TN, at 25 years of age. His body was interred November 1900 in Nashville, DAVIDSON, TN. Occupation: Carpenter.

child 15 vi. Robert B. Williford was born in Gallatin, SUMNER, TN circa 1880. Robert died after 1934 in Chicago. He married Oma Unknown in TN, 1910. Oma was born 1880 in TN. Occupation: Housekeeper. At 27 years of age Oma became the mother of Clifherd McWhirter in TN, 1907.

Oma's maiden name remains unknown. She first married a man named McWhirter and had one son by him. Her husband either died or devorced her before 1910. In that year she married Robert Willerford when her son, Cliferd, was only 3 years old.

Robert was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census in Nashville, DAVIDSON, TN.(21)

1910 Nashville, DAVIDSON, TN Census:

Head Relation Sex Age Born Mother Father Willerford, Bob Head M 29 TN TN TN " , Oma Wife F 30 TN TN TN McWhirter, Clifford Step-son M 3 TN TN TN

child 16 vii. Joseph Luther Williford was born in SUMNER, TN May 1885. He married Rocky Unknown in TN, 1910. Rocky was born 1867 in TN. Occupation: Housekeeper.

Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census in Nashville, DAVIDSON, TN.(22)

1910 DAVIDSON, TN, Roll # 1496, p. 137B, Dwelling 242, Ward 24, Center Street.

NAME REL RACE SEX AGE BIRTH F M Willerford, Luke HEAD W M 25 TN TN TN " , Rocky WIFE W F 23 TN TN TN

child + 17 viii. Nell Williford was born March 1888.

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