Joseph B. McCaul

JOSEPH B. McCAUL, merchant, was born in Williamson County, Tenn., May 27, 1845, son of John A. and Elizabeth (Boon) McCaul, and is of Scotch-Irish lineage. John A. McCaul was born in Rutherford County, and died in Marshall County, Tenn., about 1858. The mother was born in the same county as her husband, and died about 1855. Joseph B. is the third of their ten children, and when about thirteen years of age began learning the saddler's trade, at which he worked until 1861, when he enlisted in the Twentieth Tennessee Infantry, but was discharged the same year on account of physical disability. He re-enlisted in the Eleventh Tennessee Cavalry in 1862, and served until the close of the war. From 1865 to 1867 he farmed and then engaged in the mercantile business at Bethesda, Tenn., remaining two years, and then came to Lynnville and began keeping a saddle and harness shop. At the end of eight years he engaged in the grocery business, and is the leading merchant in his line in the town. He also deals in grain. In

1868 he married Elizabeth V. Beatty, of Williamson County. He is a Democrat and Mason, and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County