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James M. Frierson and Martha G. H. Dawson

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  • 18 Oct 1818 - Born Maury County, TN to Thomas J. and M. A. E. (Blakely) Frierson
  • 1849 - Married Martha G. H. Dawson
  • Son, John D. Frierson born
  • Daughter, Anna E. Frierson born
  • Daughter, Martha G born (died 1880)
  • Daughter, Ella T. born
  • Daughter, Sallie R.born
  • Daughter, Lillie A. born
  • Daughter, Narcissa A. born (died 1883)
  • Daughter, Irene H. born
  • Daughter, Nettie born


Books and other Documentation

source: "The Scotch-Irish in America: Proceedings of the Scotch-Irish Congress"

page. 205 Accordingly, on the 6th of March, 1806, the following, with their several families, left their native homes in South Carolina to seek their abode in the wilds of Tennessee and join the four families who had preceded them, and with whom they were closely connected, to wit: John Dickey, Mrs. Margaret Frierson, Mrs. Jane H. Blakely, Samuel Frierson, Thos. Stephenson, Wm. Frierson, Wm. I. Frierson, Samuel Witherspoon, Elias Frierson, John W. Stephenson, and Mrs. Mary Fleming .. with her 4 boys. ... This company reached their friends in Williamson county about the middle of April, 1806. True to their religious training and habits, they soon resolved to meet every Sabbath for the purpose of reading the Scriptures, and of prayer and praise. They accordingly erected a stand, where they spent most of each Sabbath in religious exercises.

source: Goodspeed Publishing

JAMES M. FRIERSON, an influential farmer of Maury County, Tenn., was born in, that county October 18, 1818, son of Thomas J. and M. A. E. (Blakely) Frierson. The father was a native of Williamsburg District, S.C., born October 17, 1784, and was a tiller of the soil. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and noted for his many acts of charity. He died in Maury County, November 16, 1846. The mother was also a native of South Carolina, born in 1797, and was for many years a faithful servant to the cause of Christianity. She died in December, 1865.

Our subject’s early life was passed in merchandising in Columbia. After five years of successful business transactions. he remained on the farm where he has since remained. In 1849 he wedded Martha G. H. Dawson, a native of North Carolina, and to this union were born nine children: John D., Anna E., Martha G. (who died in 1880), Ella T., Sallie R., Lillie A., Narcissa A.. who died in 1883, Irene H. and Nettie. Mr. Frierson is a well-to-do farmer, having a fine farm of 250 acres, all well cultivated except fifteen acres of good lumber. He is a democrat, a member of the I. O. O. F. and also a member of the Presbyterian Church.

Source: History of Tennessee: From the Earliest Time to the Present; Together with an Historical and a Biographical Sketch of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford and Marshall Counties. Nashville, Tenn: Goodspeed Pub. Co, 1886. link:



Frierson Family
Katherine Ogie Frierson Martin
Samuel Gordon Frierson
Elias Curran Frierson
William Frierson Jr
William Frierson Sr

Samuel Frierson and Sarah Wilson
James M. Frierson
Sarah Frances Frierson Wiggins

Frierson / Force
Henry Clay Force, 1st husband
Ella Force Barnett
Peter Evans Force

Harding / McCauley / Gordon
Frances Harding Frierson
Moses Gordon
Roger Gordon
Capt John McCauley
Letters - Manning Force
President Hayes Library Manuscript Collection
22 September 1871
30 April 1874
26 Dec 1877
Sept 1878
30 July 1879
13 Nov 1879
2 Jan 1881

12 Feb 1885
16 Jan 1881
27 Feb 1881
2 May 1881
25 June 1881

19 Dec 1882
23 May 1885
17 Jan 1886

August 23
Nov 29
Dec 12

DNA - Gedmatch
  • T722133 and A352350 (quilterpatray)
  • T356644 (KS)
  • T030500 (brother Mike)
  • T555095 (sister Brenda)
  • T619264 (brother David)
  • A588813 (sister Carol)
  • A823899 (Auntie E)
  • T224209 (Cousin Tom) also completed Y-DNA with familytreedna
  • A676128 (Cousin Sandra)
  • A327125 (Cousin Candy)
  • Coming soon: Barbara