James T. McKissack

JAMES T. McKISSACK, farmer and stock-raiser, is a native of Person County, N. C., born in 1823, son of William and Janette McKissack both natives of North Carolina. They were married in the early part of the present century, and to them were born five sons and three daughters: Susan P., James T., Gorham T., Don J., Alexander C., Lucy H., Jessie H. and William. Our subject was the second child born to this union. In l833 he came with his parents to this State and settled in Maury County. He received a good practical education in the Jackson College, of Maury County, and in 1842 was engaged in the grocery and general merchandise business at Spring Hill, Maury County. In 1854, after moving around for some time, he settled in Pulaski, and was engaged in building the old courthouse and a number of other business blocks. Previous to this, in 1845, he married Sylvina C. Rowe, daughter of Louis and Lucy Rowe, and this union resulted in the birth of six children, named Lucy J., William L., Susan O., Edward F., Mary E. and Calvin C. The mother of these children died in 1880. In 1856 he purchased land near Vale Mills, in this county, and was engaged in farming and manufacturing until 1870, when he sold farm and business and moved to where he now resides, near Pulaski. He has 137 acres of valuable land, well improved. Mr. McKissack is of Scotch-Irish descent, and a Democrat in politics.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County