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James Jeremiah Upshaw (1858 - 1938)

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Dr James Jeremiah Upshaw
Born in Giles County, Tennesseemap
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Son of and [mother unknown]
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Died in Hartsville, Trousdale, Tennesseemap
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Biography of Dr James J Upshaw

James Upshaw was born in 1858 in Giles County, Tennessee.

1860 Federal Census record:

Name: James J Upshaw
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1860
Event Place: Southern Subdivision, Giles, Tennessee, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 2
Race: White
Birth Year (Estimated): 1858
Birthplace: Tennessee
Page: 113
Household ID: 815[1]
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Elenor P Upshaw F 34 Tennessee
George L Upshaw M 9 Tennessee
William E Upshaw M 7 Tennessee
James J Upshaw M 2 Tennessee[2]

1920 Federal Census record:

Name: James J Upshaw
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1920
Event Place: Hartsville, Trousdale, Tennessee, United States
District: ED 137
Gender: Male
Age: 61
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Can Read: Yes
Can Write: Yes
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Own or Rent: Own
Birth Year (Estimated): 1859
Birthplace: Tennessee
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Birthplace: Virginia
Sheet Letter: B
Sheet Number: 1
Sheet Number and Letter: 1B
Household ID: 19
Line Number: 59[3]
Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
James J Upshaw Head M 61 Tennessee
Cora Upshaw Wife F 49 Tennessee
Tazwell Upshaw Son M 24 Tennessee
Harry T Upshaw Son M 16 Tennessee[4]

Death certificate:

Name: James J. Upshaw
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 07 May 1938
Event Place: Hartsville, Trousdale, Tennessee
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Age: 80
Birth Date: 19 Mar 1858
Birthplace: , , Tennessee
Spouse's Name: Cora Upshaw
Father's Name: James J. Upshaw
Father's Birthplace: Virginia
Mother's Name: Elinor Bowers
Mother's Birthplace: Tennessee
Occupation: Physician, A Dr.
Residence Place: Hartsville, Trousdale, Tennessee
Cemetery: Hartsville Cem.
Burial Date: 08 May 1938
Digital Folder Number: 004183429
Image Number: 02284
GS Film number: 1876863
Reference ID: cn 11334[5]

JAMES J. UPSHAW, M. D., dealer in drugs and general merchandise, is a son of James and Elinor Upshaw, natives of Virginia and Tennessee, respectively. They were married about 1842, in Limestone County, Ala., and to them was born a family of three children: George L., William E. and James J. The father died November 6, 1858, and the mother in 1864. Our subject was horn in 1858, in Giles County, received a fair education, and in 1876 began the study of medicine with Dr. James A. Bowers (deceased), of Elkton. He graduated from the University of Louisville in 1878, after which he came to Elkton, where he has remained ever since. He has had a good and lucrative practice, and was one of the county's best physicians. In 1883 he abandoned his practice, and has since devoted all his time to his present business. In 1878 he married Violet R. Patterson, daughter of John C. and Elinor Patterson, of Giles County. The result of our subject's marriage was the birth of two children: Louis B. and Minnie L. Dr. Upshaw is of English extraction, a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Elkton.[6]


  1. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Publication Number: M653, Film Number: 1251, GS Film Number: 805251, Digital Folder Number: 005171430, Image Number: 00321
  2. Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 12 December 2017), James J Upshaw in entry for Elenor P Upshaw, 1860
  3. The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), Publication Number: T625, Film Number: 1768, GS Film Number: 1821768, Digital Folder Number: 004968830, Image Number: 00739
  4. Citing this Record: "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 March 2018), James J Upshaw, Hartsville, Trousdale, Tennessee, United States; citing ED 137, sheet 1B, line 59, family 19, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1768; FHL microfilm 1,821,768
  5. Citing this Record: "Tennessee Death Records, 1914-1963," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 March 2018), James J. Upshaw in entry for James J. Upshaw, 07 May 1938; citing Hartsville Cem. Cemetery, Hartsville, Trousdale, Tennessee, cn 11334, State Library and Archives, Nashville; FHL microfilm 1,876,863
  6. History of Tennessee, page 873
  • Biography by Carolyn Murray Greer

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