J. Samuel Childers

J. SAMUEL CHILDERS, wholesale and retail dealer in groceries, was born in Pulaski, Tenn., April 28, 1846, son of J. B. and Susan (Ezell) Childers, and is of Scotch-Irish and English descent. The parents were natives of Virginia and Tennessee, respectively. The former was born August 29, 1815, and the latter was born October 1825, and died in Giles County in 1865. The Childers family immigrated to Tennessee in 1819, and settled in Giles County. They have for many years been one of the leading families of this county. Our subject, one of the prominent businessmen of this city, is the eldest of five living children. He was educated at Giles College in Pulaski, and in 1864 enlisted in Company K, First Tennessee Cavalry, and remained in the Confederate service until the close of the war. In 1865 he engaged in the merchandise business in Pulaski, and in 1868 he was joined In marriage to Miss Ada Pullen, of Giles County. This union was blessed by the birth of one child, Ben. From 1869 to 1874 Mr. Childers was in the dry goods business at Wales Station, this county, but in the latter year he returned to Pulaski, where he continued the dry goods business for two years, and then for four years was connected with a cotton factory. In 1874 he began the grocery business in this city, and has since continued that occupation. Mr. Childers is an enterprising man and a Democrat in politics. He is a Knight Templar, Pulaski Commandery, No. 12, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County