Berry Talley, a farmer in
the Fifth District, was born in
in 1827, and moved to
with his parents in 1832, in which State he
lived twenty-six years. He then moved to
, in 1856, locating where he has since resided.
He is the youngest of six children born to Stephen and Polly (Pool) Talley. The
father was born in
in 1788. While living in
he was coroner for one term. He died in 1872. He
was a soldier in the war of 1812 under Gen. Jackson, and was a genial good man.
The mother was born in 1803 in
, and died about 1829. Our subject began business for himself at the age
of seventeen, and was fifty years old before he learned to write his name, with
very little means at his command, he now owns 107 acres of land well cultivated,
on the Bird Mill road. He married Mrs. Ellender Langston, formerly Miss Gay, and
six children blessed this union. Stephen (deceased), Mary (Mrs. Petty), Nancy
(Mrs. Biggs), John, William (deceased) and an infant (deceased). Mrs. Talley
died in 1862, and in 1863 Mr. Talley married Miss Celina Olliver, who presented
him with one child: Kesiah (Mrs. Lee). Mrs. Talley died in 1874, and he then
married Miss Martha Wright, who bore him seven children:
, Margaret and three infants deceased. Mrs.
Talley departed this life in 1879, and in 1881 be married Mrs. Betters, formerly
Miss Lee, by whom he bad two children, only one living, Thomas Wesley. Mr.
and Mrs. Talley are members of the
in which he is a deacon. In politics Mr. Talley
was a Democrat before the war, but since that event has been conservative,
voting for principal instead of party. Mr. William Talley, the eldest brother of
our subject, is living with him at the present time. He (William) assisted in
collecting the Indians from the surrounding country for removal to the
. Two years before he served as a soldier in the
Creek Indian war. Our subject owned the second cotton-gin ever put up in
, and is a man who has taken a decided interest
in all public improvements.
"History of East Tennessee" 1887; Page 1000.