An American Family History

John Massengill


John David Massengill was born on May 11, 1844 in Sullivan County, Tennessee. His parents were John Massengill and Nancy Smith.

He married Josephine Evans.

Norman Hood Massengill
Samuel Evans Massengill
Fannie Massengill
Kate Massengill

During the Civil War he was was a private in Company B, 4th Tennessee cavalry regiment.

He graduated from Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1874.

He died on January 8, 1919 in Blountville, Tennessee.




From Who’s Who in Tennessee, Memphis: Paul & Douglass Co., Publishers, 1911; transcribed by Kim Mohler

Massengill, John D.
Physician and stock breeder; Irish-English descent;
son of John and Nancy (Smith) Masengill;
born in Sullivan Co., Tenn., May 11, 1844;
paternal ancestors Henry and Elizabeth (Emmert) Masengill;
maternal grandparents John and Catherine (Umphreys) Smith;
educated in private schools and at Jefferson Academy at Blountville, Tenn.;
graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Baltimore, Md., M.D., 1874;
began life as a farmer and salesman; served as county health officer, jury commissioner of Sullivan Co., Tenn.;
soldier in the Confederate Army, 1st Cavalry, serving four years;
married Josephine Evans Oct. 22, 1868;
Democrat; member of Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.

Dr. John D. Masengil died at his home two miles east of Blountville yesterday morning at 7 o'clock. Dr. Masengill had been ill for over a year. He suffered intense pain for nine months, but always bore his pain with patience and fortitude, never complaining.

Dr. Masengill was born in Sullivan County, May 11, 1844. He served the entire four years of the Civil War as a Confederate soldier, having volunteered at the age of 16 and was a private in Company B, 4th Tennessee cavalry regiment. The first two years of the war he served under General Forrest and the last two under General Wheeler. During this time he participated in nearly all the important battles in which the western army engaged including Perryville, Shhiloh, Missionary Ridge, and Chickamauga.

After leaving the army he attended school at the old Jefferson Academy at Blountville and later took up the study of medicine, having graduated at the Baltimore College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1874, and since that time has practiced medicine and farmed.

During his long life he was one of the leading physicians of the country and did a great deal of charity practice.

He joined the Methodist church, South in 1866 and has been a consistent member since.

Married in 1866
On October 22, 1868 he married Miss Josephine Evans, daughter of Major Sam Evans and Frances (Braden) Evans. Surviving him are his wife and the following children: N. H. Masengill and Dr. S.E. Masengil of Bristol, Mrs. H. Smith and Miss Kate Masengill of Blountville.

Dr. Masengill was a lover of the chase and a great admirer of fine horses, and did more than any other man in the country toward improving this industry, having brought the first standard-bred horse to upper East Tennessee.

The funeral services will be held at the family home at 2 o'clock this afternoon and internment will be in the cemetery at Blountville at 3 p.m.

The following will act as pallbearers: Drs. Sam McDowell and Meigs Dulaney of Blountville, J. C. Statzer and Kensinger of Bluff City, Will St. John and M. M. Pearson of Bristol.

The flowerbearers will be the following: Will Cox, George Humphreys, Robert Rutter, R. F. Smith, Charlie Earhart and Moscoe Lindamood.

The Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia was September 19 - 20, 1863. Union and Confederate forces fought for control of Chattanooga. It ended the Union offensive in south-central Tennessee and northwestern Georgia. It was the last significant Confederate victory.Espy Dill, Ann Taylor Dill's husband, William C. Baker, Rudolph Baker's grandson was taken prisoner by the south. Josiah Smith was taken prisoner by the north.
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