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Neergaard, R. W.
R. W. Neergaard, a prominent farmer of the First District, was born at Paint Rock, Roane County, in 1853, one of eight sons (one daughter) of Theodore and Augusta (Stuhr) Neergaard, our subject, Theodore A. (of Missouri) and Henrietta (Mrs. Muecke) being the only survivors. The parents were reared and married in Germany, and in 1848 came to America and located at Paint Rock, where they attended to their farm until their respective deaths, in 1858 and 1878. The mother moved to Kingston in 1867 to educate her children, and lived there until her death. In 1877 our subject married Nannie W. Patton, a native of Roane County, and daughter of Dr. J. P. Patton. Of their five sons, one is deceased. He then bought his present home of 200 acres, mostly Tennessee River bottom lands. He also owns 400 acres in this county, part of his father's estate. He grows cereals, and also gives considerable attention to stockraising. The family are Presbyterians. Source: History of Tennessee (Chicago, IL, Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1887), 1077.