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J. Fain Anderson Letter

Identifier: MS-2333

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The J. Fain Anderson Letter, 1905, was written to author and historian Gentry R. McGee about his book A History of Tennessee and about the history of Sullivan County. He discusses the possibility of writing about the history of Sullivan County, Tenn., and how important that would be to the entire history of Tennessee. He also references mentions of other Andersons, related to him, By Ramsy.


  • 1905 May 6

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The J. Fain Anderson Letter, 1905, was written to author and historian Gentry R. McGee about the schoolbook A History of Tennessee by McGee and about the possibility of developing a history of Sullivan County.

Biographical/Historical Note

John Fain Anderson was born to Samuel and Hannah Crawford (Fain) Anderson on November 17, 1844 in Blountville, Tennessee. Samuel Anderson was a farmer and slave owner and John Anderson worked on the farm and attended some primary school as a child. During the Civil War, Anderson served as a messenger boy for the Union Army in Knoxville and Loudon, Tennessee. After the war, he operated a mercantile business in Washington County, Tennessee until 1881 when he retired to concentrate on his historical work. Anderson wrote several articles on local history for the Knoxville Tribune before his death in 1929. In 1869, Anderson married Susan Florence Lady (1852-1932), and the couple had fifteen children: Samuel Eaton, Fannie Fain, Henry Wheeler, Mary Ellen, Horace Maynard, Hannah Amanda, William Montgomery, Margaret Elizabeth, Carrie Amelia, Hugh Mitchell, John Lady, Laura May, Lillian Jean, Sarah Ruth, and Florence Isabella.

Gentry R. McGee (1840-1922) worked as a school history teacher, principal, and superintendent with his wife Sallie, a schoolmistress. Also, he was the founder and first principal of the Peabody High School in 1918 and the writer of the schoolbook A History of Tennessee: From 1663-1900.


Collection consists of a single folder.

Acquisition Note

The Special Collections Library purchased this collection in June of 2002.

Related Materials

Interested researchers may wish to consult: MS.0147, John Fain Anderson Statements Regarding the Hoss Apple and Hoss Family History, 1928 February 4-April MS.1218, J. Fain Anderson Letter, 1904 May 28 MS.1518, John Fain Anderson Letters, 1913-1927

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA