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Dr. James Edward George is actively engaged in the practice of medicine in Rockwood, where he also has a drug store. A native of Blount county, his birth occurred on the 21st of February, 1856, a son of Edward George and Mary Jane (Thompson) George. The paternal grandparents were Samuel and Barbara George of Tennessee, while the maternal grandparents were James and Martha Thompson. Edward George was born in 1806 and engaged in farming for many years. He retired some time previous to his demise, which occurred in 1872. Mrs. George was born in 1820 and died in 1892.

Upon attaining school age James Edward George attended the public schools of his native county and after graduation from high school enrolled in the Emory and Henry College at Emory, Virginia. In early life he decided to enter the medical profession and upon the completion of his literary education he began to read medicine. He read for two years and then entered the Old University and Vanderbilt, from which latter institution he transferred to Bellevue Hospital in New York, receiving his M. D. degree therefrom in 1883. In 1918, he took postgraduate work in the Polyclinic there. In 1881 he located in Rockwood, where he has since practiced, having built up an extensive and lucrative patronage. He holds to the highest of professional ethics and occupies a place among the most representative medical men of the county and state. Aside from his practice Dr. George owns and operates a drug store and has extensive farm interests.

In Roane county, on the 14th of December, 1896, was celebrated the marriage of Dr. George to Miss Jannie Burnett, a daughter of James and Katherine Burnett, natives of this state. Mrs. George is a woman of much culture and refinement and she is prominent socially.

In his political views Dr. George is a stanch republican and has participated actively in party affairs. He was elected mayor of Rockwood three different times and during his administrations, which were progressive and businesslike, he inaugurated and brought to completion many movements for the development of the community. He has served on the board of aldermen, has been a member of the local school board for years, and has been a member of the pension board of Roane county for thirty-five years. He is essentially public-spirited and is a forceful and energetic promoter of the city’s advancement. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce and fraternally is identified with the Knights of Pythias, in which lodge he has held all chairs, and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Along strictly professional lines he is connected with the American, Southern, State and County Medical Societies, and he belongs to the State Retail Druggists. In every undertaking Dr. George has been successful and is highly esteemed for his integrity and sterling worth.

Source:  Moore, John Trotwood, and Austin P. Foster. Tennessee, the Volunteer State, 1769-1923. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co, 1923.


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From the Maryville Enterprise – December 3, 1942

Mrs. F.M. Thompson announces the marriage of her daughter Clara, to Mr. William C. McConnell, son of the late Dr. and Mrs. John McConnell of Maryville. The ceremony took place at the family home on Ellis Ave. , with the Rev. Colvin Hammock, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating.  Friends were present for the ceremony and reception which followed. 

The bride wore her going away outfit of gallant blue wool jersey with matching turban and accessories.  She carried a bride’s bouquet of white chryanthemums and pink rose buds, using a shoulder corsage of white chrysanthemums for traveling.   Miss Doraita Thompson, dressed in powder blue wearing pink rose buds was her sister’s only attendant with Mr. Lon C. McConnell  serving as his brothers best man. 

Miss Mildred Thompson with Charles Burgreen at the piano sang “At Dawning” and “Loves Old Sweet Song” preceeding the ceremony.  After the reception, Mr. and Mrs. McConnell left for a brief wedding trip to Nashville where they witnessed the Tenn. Vandy game.   Mrs. McConnell has been a member of Chandler-Singleton Company’s ready-to-wear department for several years where she will continue to be employed while Mr. McConnell is serving with the Ordance Corp. of the Army.   Mr. McConnell, who has until recently been in the electric business in Maryville will depart to Fort Jackson, S.C. the 15th of December, from where he will go to California for his basic training.

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Feature Friday posts will feature relevant information from a chosen online resource. This month, the database is Footnote.

Theoretically, this should have been posted yesterday – but, let’s not let that worry us 🙂

For this post, I decided to look at the Southern Claims Commission collection at Footnote.  These files are records of people who had items taken by the U.S. government during the civil war.  More than 20,000 claims were filed. They come from all over the country, and in the Footnote collection are 18 from Blount County residents:

  • Absalom L. Sparks – his claim was for 600 bushels of corn
  • Amos Thompson – claimed 2 mules, a two horse wagon, a harness, a mare and a beef cow ($650) taken by Col. James P. Brownlow
  • George W. Bowerman – claimed corn, fodder, hogs, beef cattle ($2400). He was deceased by the time of his claim.
  • James Scott – hay & a beef cow ($290)
  • Jeremiah Simmerley –  he is noted as being of “very bad character” and his witness is unknown to the neighborhood
  • John Colter –  claimed $275 worth of stuff. His farm was nine miles east of Maryville and describes getting threats from the Union army of being killed all the time.
  • John Gamble – claimed $668
  • John McNabb – claimed $474
  • Joseph Ambrister – claimed $498 – had a 268 acre farm two 1/2 miles east of Maryville. He describes being of ill health and needing to stay home all the time.
  • Matilda Dunlap – claimed $420.  Describes being threatened and abused by the army and they told her they would burn her house down.
  • Michael Harvey – claimed $286
  • Moses Gamble – claimed $385. “…his actions at time during the war was such as to leave us some doubts as to the sincerity of his loyalty…”
  • Nimrod Byers – claimed  $184 . He had 4 witnesses.
  • Samuel A. Humphreys –  claimed $50 for 50 bushels of corn.
  • Torrence Davis – claimed $396. He was 52 years old at the time of his claim in 1872.  He had a brother and a brother-in-law in the Union army. Among his possessions taken were a horse and ox.
  • William C. Young –  claimed $125.
  • William E.  Scott – claimed  $155 for a horse.
  • Wm. S. Griffiths –  claimed $172.  One of his witnesses was 29 year-old Clerk of the County Court, James A. Green.   William operated a molasses mill.

These reports when there is testimony included is fascinating, and above I have put just a few snippets from some of them.  If you are researching the county, you should check these reports out if you can!

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