Wiley William Sammons Biography

(Biography from "The History Of Tennessee" P. 948-949)


			Elder Wiley W. Sammons, a prominent farmer of the Cedar Chapel
			District, was born in Hardeman County, November 11, 1827.  His parents
			were Allen and Sallie (Long) Sammons, both of whom were of English
			extraction, born in Sussex County, Va., the father in 1788 and the mother
			in 1795.  They were married in 1811, remaining in their native State
			until 1827, when they came to Hardeman County, being among the early
			settlers.  Eleven children blessed their union, of whom only two are liv-
			ing.  Mr. and Mrs. Sammons were zealous Christians.  For thirty-three
			years he was one of the most faithful and active ministers that the Prim-
			itive Baptist Church ever had.  All his efforts in the noble work were
			given without price or money.  In connection with his ministerial duties
			he engaged in farming and was one of the most prosperous agriculturists
			of the county.  He was a fife major in the war of 1812.  He was a strong,
			straight Democrat.  He departed this life in 1862, and two years later
			the mother too, passed away.  The subject of this sketch was raised on
			a farm, receiving a fair education.  He remained beneath the paternal
			roof until he attained manhood's estate, then began farming on his own
			responsibility, and met with unusual success.  Twice he was financially
			wrecked---once by the war, and again by parties whom he assisted when
			they were embarrassed, and they afterward proved faithless.  Being pos-
			sessed of a brave heart and much determination, he was soon again in
			flourishing circumstances, and now owns 312 acres of valuable land.  For
			twenty-six years he has labored as an elder without pecuniary considera-
			tions of any kind.  Although he has ridden thousands of miles between
			North Mississippi, West Tennessee and western Kentucky, he has never
			served for a salary.  In 1850 he married Miss Martha F. Wilkes, a
			daughter of Joseph Wilkes.  Mrs. Sammons was born October 16, 1833.
			A true Christian woman, and member of the Primitive Baptist Church,
			she died in 1885.  Of the ten children born of this union, three daugh-
			ters and two sons are living.  J.A., the eldest son, is a minister.  Late
			in the year of 1885 he wedded Miss Susan A. Price, who was born Octo-
			ber 22, 1843.  For fifty-nine years Mr. Sammons has made Hardeman
			County his home and has seen the country change from a wilderness to a
			fine farming district.  His family is one of the oldest, most useful and
			honored in the community.

Transcribed by Charlotte Ramsey from info submitted by Sue Nicholas Mitcham

Charlotte Curlee Ramsey

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