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Family Group Record: Mary Anne Biffle and Amos T. Hassell

Information supplied by: Janet M. Roseen

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   Amos T. Hassell 
   Born: August 14/15, 1814 Place: Tyrell County, North Carolina
   Married: April 30, 1846 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee
   Died: October 6, 1890 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee; he is buried in the Buchanan Cemetery, Wayne County.
   Parents: Enoch Hassell and Joanna Ensley

1st Wife
   Mary Anne Biffle  
   Born: October 5, 1825 Place: Tennessee
   Died: April 3, 1860 Place: Waynesboro, Wayne County, Tennessee
   Parents: John Barnett Biffle and Mary Chambers


1 Amos J. Hassell
Sex Born: August 10, 1847 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee
M Married: Place:
   Died: May 21, 1860 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee

2 John W. Hassell
Sex Born: September 20, 1849 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee
M   Married: Place:
   Died: February 13, 1872 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee

3 Ella Ann Hassell
Sex Born: April 26, 18?2 Place: Tennessee
F   Married: August 3, 1871, Cicero Buchanan Place: Tennessee
   Died: April 9, 1913 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee; she and her husband are buried in the Buchanan Cemetery, 2 miles north of Waynesboror

4 Mary Corine Hassell
Sex Born: ca. 1855 Place: Tennessee
F   Married: September 4, 1884; James Webb Montague Place: Wayne County, Tennessee
   Died: Place:

5 Joanna Hassell
Sex Born: ca. 1858 Place: Tennessee
F   Married: John F. Montague Place:
   Died: Place:

6 Callie Hassell
Sex Born: March 6, 1860 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee
F   Married: Place:
   Died: November 18, 1860 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee

2nd Wife
   Eliza Jane Heron Jones  
   Born: ca. 1828 Place:
  Married: August 22, 1861 Place: Tennessee
   Died: Place:

7 Laura E. Hassell
Sex Born: ca. 1863 Place: Wayne County, Tennessee
F   Married: May 22, 1883, Frank Boyd Place: Wyane County, Tennessee
   Died: Place:

  • 1850 U.S. Census, Wayne County, Tennessee, Civil District 4, Reel, M432-899, Pg 145; living with Mary Ann and Amos Hassell are her brothers James C. Biffle (30) and Jacob B. Biffle (18), who would eventually become a Colonel in the CSA.
  • 1860 U.S. Census, Wayne County, Tennessee, Civil District 4, M653-1277, Pg. 39; this census was taken July 27, 1860, after the death of Mary Ann Biffle. Living with the family is John Hassell (40) who may be Amos' brother.
  • 1870 U.S. Census, Wayne County, Tennessee, M593-1569, p. 444
  • 1880 U.S. Census, Waynesboro, Wayne County, Tennessee, T9-1284, p. 41B; lists Amos, Eliza Jane, Mary C., and Laura.
From Goodspeed's Biographies of Wayne County, Tenn.: Amos T. Hassell is a son of Enoch and Joanna (Ensley) Hassell, and was born in Tyrell County, N. C., August 15, 1814. His parents were also natives of North Carolina. His father came to Tennessee in 1834, locating in Perry County (now Decatur County), where he followed farming, being a justice of the peace until his death, which occurred about the beginning of the war. He had been quite a distinguished politician in former years, and represented Tyrell County in the North Carolina Legislature. Amos T. Hassell came to Tennessee with his father and at the age of twenty-one left home to do for himself, having little or no education. Later he acquired a good business education by his own exertions, and soon
after leaving the paternal roof he began life as a clerk and soon engaged in the mercantile business for himself at Carrollville. In 1844 he came to Waynesboro and continued the same business until 1860, when he sold out and repaired to his farm in the Fourth District until 1871, when he returned to town and built his present large commodious hotel andbusiness house, and conducted both in his usual successful manner. In August, 1885, he retired from the management of the hotel, but still conducts his mercantile establishment. Mr. Hassell was engaged in the mule trade, both before and after the war, and also managed a tannery, saddlery and shoe manufactory. He has in all probability contributed more to the business industries and prosperity of Wayne County than any other one citizen. April 30, 1846, he married Mary Ann Biffel, a sister of Col. Jacob Biffel. She died in 1860 leaving three children: Ella Ann (wife of Dr. Buchanan), Mary C. (Mrs. J. W. Montague), and Joanna (Mrs John F. Montague). August 22, 1861, he married Mrs. Eliza Jane (Heron) Jones. They have one daughter. Laura E., the wife of Frank Boyd. Mr. Hassell is and always has been an unswerving Democrat in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for Van Buren. He served six years as clerk and master under Chancellor Stephen Provat, before and up to the war, and also under Judge R. H. Rose after the war. He is a Mason, Royal Arch and Council degrees, and is one of the leading and enterprising business men of Wayne County.

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