Family of Alexander SMALL Senior (3) & Phoeba RAGLAND
Willis R. Small was born in Henderson County, Tenn., January 13, 1836, and is the oldest of five children born to Alexander and Phoebe R. (Wilson) Small, and is of Irish descent. His father was a native of Wilson County, Tenn., and was there raised and educated. After attaining his majority he came to West Tennessee and settled in Henderson County, where he was married about 1831. He was a farmer, and died October 8, 1858. The mother was born near Raleigh, N.C., and died in Tennessee in 1864. Willis R. Small attended the common schools in his early days, and in the fall of 1861 enlisted in the Twenty-first Tennessee Cavalry, in Forrest's command. He was at Brice's Cross-roads, Memphis, Fort Pillow, Paducah and Harrisburg, and was twice wounded in the last named battle; once by a minie-ball, which passed through his liver, said to be the only case of that character where the subject survived. This disabled him for further active duty during the remainder of the war, yet he remained with his command and was surrendered at Gainesville, Ala. January 15, 1873, he was married in the house where he now lives to Susan R. Brooks, daughter of B. S. Brooks. She died November 15, 1876, leaving a daughter, Rebecca A., who was born on the 21st of August, 1876. Mr. Small is a Democrat, and his first presidential vote was cast for Seymour. He owns 360 acres of land and has a pleasant and comfortable home.
On 15 Jan 1873 when Willis R. was 37, he married Susan R. BROOKS, daughter of B.S. BROOKS, in Madison County, Tennessee. Susan R. died on 15 Nov 1876.
They had one child:
8. Louisa Hutchings SMALL. Born on 12 Nov 1844 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 67, Louisa Hutchings died on 6 Jul 1912. Buried in Jul 1912 in Old Beech River Cemetery, Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 17, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1850.
Louisa Hutchings married Colonel Edward Julius TIMBERLAKE, son of Richard TIMBERLAKE (3 Sep 1788-6 Jan 1870) & Tabitha TRICE (8 Apr 1802-13 Aug 1875). Born on 26 May 1843 in Henderson County, Tennessee. At the age of 66, Edward Julius died in Lexington, Henderson County, Tennessee on 26 Oct 1909. Alias/AKA: "E.J.".
Obituary: At his home in Timberlake on Tuesday morning, at 7 o'clock, Mr. E.J. Timberlake, who has been sick for about four weeks, died from aggravated stomach trouble. Mr. Timberlake was 66 years of age at this death and is survived by his wife [Louisa H. Small Timberlake] and the following children, Mrs. John E. McCall, Mrs. N.R. Barham, Mrs. Jessie McNabb, John Richard Timberlake and Capt. E.J. Timberlake, Jr., all of whom were with him at the end except Capt. Timberlake, who could not come on account of illness in his own family at this post. Every attention was given by Mr. Timberlake by his home physician, Dr. J.H. Howard, and several specialists had been called from Jackson and Nashville during the past two weeks and the constant care and nursing of his wife and children who spared nothing to render him relief and who were devotion itself in their attention to him. In the death of Mr. Timberlake the county loses one of its best and most useful citizens. Always of a progressive spirit he identified himself with every undertaking for the uplift of the community, and he was one man who could always be found on the moral side of every question. He was a faithful and consistent member of the M.E. Church, South, and was buried surrounded by his fellow members and a large gathering of friends at Beech River on Wednesday morning. Mr. Timberlake served one term as Circuit Court Clerk and represented this county in the Legislature at one session [1875-1877]; was a licensed attorney and practiced for awhile in the courts here. In 1889 he organized the Bank of Lexington, the first bank in the county, and served as its Cashier until 1907, when he organized the Farmers Union Bank and at his death was its President and most active officer. His influence for good in the community will be felt for many years we trust, and his life and inspiration to the younger men who came in contact with him.
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