Tennessee AHGP Information
Fayette County

Fayette, County, Tennessee Situated in the s. w. part of the state, and contains 576 sq. ms. Drained by Loosahatchy and Wolf rivers. The soil is excellent. A railroad from La Grange, in this county, extends to Memphis, on the Mississippi r., and a branch of it extends to Somerville. Capital, Somerville. There were in 1840, neat cattle 18,164, sheep 10,793, swine 53,828; wheat 42,593 bush, produced, Indian corn 887,590, oats 79,705, potatoes 50,027, tobacco 10,150 pounds, cotton 3,685,580; 36 stores, cap. $232,200; 3 tanneries, 10 flouring m., 14 grist m., 8 saw m., 2 printing offices, 2 weekly newspapers. Cap. in manufac. $43,150. 6 acad. 215 students, 31 sch. 786 scholars. Pop. whites 10,573, slaves 10,885, free col'd 43; total, 21,501.

Somerville, p-v., Capital of Fayette County, Tennessee, 185 w. s. w. Nashville, 871 W. Situated half a mile s. of Loosa Hatchie r., and contains a court house, jail, 3 churches, a male and female academy, a bank, and 750 inhabitants. Somerville College has been chartered here, and a building is in process of erection.

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