John T. Steele

JOHN T. STEELE, M. D., a prominent and successful practitioner, and a native of Giles County, was born October 1, 1826, and is the only child born to the union of Robert G. and Sarah Y. (Graves) Steele, natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Tennessee. The father was a tiller of the soil and a soldier in the war of 1812. Our subject received his education in the best county schools. In the year 1843 he began reading medicine with Dr. E. R. Field, of Pulaski, where be remained for two years. He then entered the old University of Pennsylvania, and graduated in the spring of 1848. He located in Pulaski, and entered into partnership with Dr. C. Perkins and practiced one year, after which he moved to Arkansas, locating at Augusta, and remained there three years. In 1853 he returned to Giles County, and since that time has been located in different parts of the county. In 1880 he located on the site where he now lives, which consists of a farm containing 215 acres of good land, with neat residences erected on it. He has also a saw and gristmill erected on the farm, both in good running condition. December 1, 1853, he married Josephine C. Wilkes, a native of Maury County, born June 17, 1836. This union resulted in the birth of twelve children, seven of whom are living: Hume R., Robert W., Judith L., Hortense, Mattie R., John F. and Fannie C. Mr. Steele is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County