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McElwee, William Eblen 

William Eblen McElwee, son of William and Lucinda (Eblen) McElwee and grandson of James McElwee of North Carolina and Nancy (Johnson) McElwee of Virginia was born in Roane County, April 16, 1835.  His grandfather was at the battle of King's Mountain with the Watauga men and was present when the Declaration of Independence was signed at Mecklenburg, N. C., in April 1775.  William Eblen McElwee attended the schools of Roane County, read law and was licensed to practice in 1859.  In 1861 he enlisted in the Confederate Army and served thru the four years.  He served as provost Marshall at Bowling Green, Ky., was commissioned a Captain, was at the surrender at Fort Donelson, was in prison at Johnson's Island, but after his release rejoined the army and took part in the battles at Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge and Atlanta and was with the headquarters company of General Stevenson's until the surrender.  At the close of the War he returned to Roane County and was one of the organizers of the Roane Iron Co.  He was one of the surveyors of the Queen and Crescent and the Tennessee Central Railroads.  At the age of 92 he assisted in locating the Memphis and Bristol Highways through Roane County.  Captain McElwee was married on December 12, 1867 to Martha Brown, daughter of William Franklin and Amanda (Renfroe) Brown of Roane County.  Franklin Brown McElwee born on September 2nd, 1878 is their son.  Mrs. McElwee died in 1872.   Source: Emma Middleton Wells, The History of Roane County (Chattanooga, TN, Lookout Publishing Company, 1927), 1.

Morrison, Marquis Layfayette 

Educator; born in Roane Co., Tenn., Jan. 7, 1844; Scotch-Irish descent; son of Allen D. and Nancy (Sellers) Morrison; father's occupation farmer, minister of the Gospel (Baptist); educated in common schools of Roane Co., and E. T. W. University, Athens, Tenn.; began his business career as a school teacher, later published and edited the first newspaper ever published at Dayton, Tenn., "Dayton Times," later published "Free Ballot" Rockwood, Tenn.; married Catharine Brown Jan. 18, 1877;  member A. F. & A. M.; former City Recorder, Rockwood, Tenn., 1892-3; former Superintendent of public instruction for Roane Co., Tenn.; volunteered in C. S. A. April 1862; served until surrender Charlotte, N. C., at close of war; member of Baptist church.   Source: Who's Who in Tennessee (Memphis, TN, Paul & Douglass Company, 1911), 210.

Muecke, Joseph A. 

Joseph A. Muecke is a well-to-do and enterprising citizen of Kingston.  He was born in Hungary in 1843, and, with his parents, came to America in 1849, locating in Kingston, Tenn., in July of that year.  At the commencement of the war, our subject entered the Union service, serving three years in the First Tennessee Infantry, after which he returned home, and has since been engaged in merchandising.  He served as Roane County trustee during the years 1884 and 1885.  His parents, Joseph and Frederica are citizens of Kingston.  The father taught school in Hungary, and has followed merchandising here.  Our subject married Henrietta Neergaard, in 1872.  She is a native of Holstein, Germany, but was reared in Roane County.  To this marriage, three sons and four daughters have been born, two of the sons now deceased.  He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.   Source: History of Tennessee (Chicago, IL, Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1887), 1077.


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