In the last post, I shared some content I found online at Google Books that was relevant to Blount County. There is so much there, I could do many blog postings based on what I find there alone.
To that end, let me share another resource, a book by William Hale called A History of Tennessee and Tennesseans: the Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities. The book was published in 1913 and digitized by Google this past February from the collections of the New York Public Library.
In the book, there are a collection of biographical sketches. It is difficult to ascertain why they are ordered as they are, but there is one of Blount County former Sheriff, Jesse S. Hutton. At the time the book was published, he’d been in office for three years, having been elected in September of 1910. Jesse was the son of John S. & Elizabeth (Martin) Hutton, who had three other children in addition to Jesse. Jesse was born February 15, 1877, and married Sallie E. McCammon with whom he would have two children, John S. & Stella M.
Here is the family in 1880, where Jesse is 3 years old. Seems his middle name was Small?
In 1900, the family has grown to the four children as mentioned in the biography – kids are Jesse, Sallie (born July 1879), John W. (born September 1883) & Thomas M. (born April 1886).
By 1910, Jesse has married Sallie and they have had daughter Stella. Also living with them was a brother of Sallie’s. At this point, Jesse’s occupation was manager at a lumber mill.
In 1920, they now have added son John to the family, and still have a relative living with them, this time, it’s an aunt, Mattie McCammon.
From the Blount County Death Records database, I learn that Sallie Hutton died in May of 1928. So, in 1930, the widower Jesse is living with his sister Sallie (Hutton) Lane. Mrs. Lane is widowed, their mother Elizabeth is living with her who is also widowed by now, and then there is Jesse, also a widower.
According to the information from the Maryville newspaper obituaries, Jesse died in 1955 in Maryville, at the age of 77. His wife died in May of 1928. His mother Elizabeth died in May of 1935.
From further exploration of the Blount County site, I find a few other details.
- Jesse’s father had several siblings, one of which was Josiah C. Hutton, at one point the county registrar
- Another brother of his father’s, George, tragically committed suicide in 1876. An account appeared in the Independent newspaper and is on this page.
- There is a query from someone from 1997 seeking information about Jesse’s grandfather – William Hutton.