John Grey Blount
7August 1821 - 23 January 1909
| John G. Blount, farmer and
cotton dealer of the Fourteenth District, and son of Isaac and Lovey
Blount, was born in Carroll County, Tenn., in 1821, and is one of a family
of ten children, six of whom are living. The father was born in North
Carolina about 1781, and was of English lineage. At the age of eighteen he
commenced the life of a sailor, and followed this for about twenty-five
years. When thirty-five. years of age he married, and in about 1815
immigrated to Carroll County, being one of its very early settlers. He
established a grist-mill in what is now Benton County, and afterward built
one on Blount’s Creek, named in his honor. He assisted in building the
first courthouse in Carroll County, and was one of the very first
magistrates of that county. At the time of his death, which occurred about
1871, he was ninety sears of age and the owner of a good farm. The mother
was also born in North Carolina, about the same time as her husband, and
died soon after his death. Our subject received a fair education, and at
the age of twenty-five years married Miss B. Brewer, by whom he had three
children: Wiley W., Larcena (Mrs. M. A. Sanders) and Aquilie (Mrs. C. J.
Bruce). Mr. Blount then settled in the Fourteenth District on a farm of
about 200 acres, where he has since resided, and which he has increased to
1,400 acres. He is now one of the most extensive landholders in the
Fourteenth District. Mrs. Blount died about 1856, and in the following
year Mr. Blount married Miss Keziah A. Brewer, sister of the first wife.
By this union they had four children—three now living: Josephine (Mrs.
Paley Rosser), Frances Elizabeth (Mrs. James Rosser) and Lovey L. (Mrs.
Barney Bruce), deceased. Mrs. Blount died about 1868, and in 1870 our
subject married Mrs. Winnie R. King, daughter of Noah Hampton, by whom he
had two children: Isaac C. and Rosena. Soon after the war Mr. Blount was
elected to the office of constable, but soon after resigned. He was
formerly a Whig in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for
Henry Clay in 1844. He is a Mason, and Mrs. Blount is a member of the
Missionary Baptist Church.
HISTORY OF TENNESSEE
Carroll County, Tennessee