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Goodspeed, Carroll County, Tennessee Article


Benjamin S. Pritchard, farmer and stock dealer of the Thirteenth
 District, was born in Carroll County in 1835, and is one of a family of
 ten children, only three of whom are living: Martha J. (Mrs. Henry Cox), B. S.
 and Susan (Mrs. Thomas L. Key). The father of our subject,
 Charles Pritchard, was born in Anson County, N.C., in 1797,
 and his father, Jesse Pritchard, immigrated from North Carolina
 to Carroll County in 1834, where he passed the remainder
 of his days. In about 1817 Charles was married to Martha Williams,
 and in 1833 came to Carroll County, where he settled and 
engaged in farming. He died March 4, 1872, and at that time
 was the owner of 3,000 acres of land. The mother of Benjamin 
was also a native of North Carolina, born about 1800 and
 died in October, 1883. Our subject grew to manhood under
 the parental roof and received a common-school education.
 In February, 1860, he married Amanda Philips, and by this
 marriage had five children, two living: J. Homes and Sherad.
 After marriage Mr. Pritchard located in Henderson County, where
 he remained till 1882 and then removed to the farm on which he
 now resides. This consists of 323 acres of excellent land
 about three miles south of Clarksburg. He also owns 800 acres
 of land in other tracts, 325 of which is in Henderson County.
 He is one of the most extensive and enterprising farmers 
in the county. Mrs. Pritchard died January 7, 1874, and in 
November of the same year he married Lou Parker, who
 was born in Carroll County in 1833, and who is the daughter of J. C. 
and Elizabeth Parker. Previous to this, in April, 1864, Mr. Pritchard 
offered his services in defense of his country by enlisting under 
Capt. James Gooch and served under Gen. Forrest's command. 
He was at Harrisburg and Brice's Cross-roads, 
and returned home in August of the same year. He is a Democrat 
in politics; was formerly a Whig and cast his first vote for John Bell. 
He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and a liberal supporter of religion
 and charitable institutions.




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