W. H. McKAMY, a clerk and master of the chancery court of Bradley County, was born in Blount County, Tenn., October 21, 1827. He is the only son of a family of four children born to James and Ann (HANNA) McKAMY, both of whom were natives of Tennessee. In 1836 and 1837 the father surveyed in the Ocoee District, and the following year moved to Polk County, settling where Benton now stands. In 1851 his wife died, and nine years later he moved to Bradley County, where he died in 1862. The grandparents on both sides were Virginians. The subject of this sketch was educated in the old field schools, and worked on the farm. At the age of nineteen he began merchandising at Benton with a stock of goods given him by his fther. In 1856 he moved his goods to Charleston, Bradley County, where he did a flourishing business until the war. In 1861 he went out to service as captain of Company I, Forty-third Tennessee Infantry, Confederate Army. During the siege of Vicksburg three ineffectual attempts were made to dislodge a force which was undermining a fort. The fourth night our subject, with six companies, after a desperate struggle, drove the enemy away. Many men were lost, and our gallant subject had his left arm shattered, receiving a wound from a ball in the left shoulder. For his bravery he was promoted to rank of Major, and served as such until the surrender. At the close of the war he was a financial wreck, but paid his debts 100 cents on the dollar. Two years he spent in Georgia in the saw mill business; he then returned to Charleston, where, until 1870 he was a successful merchant. In 1870 he was appointed to the position which he now holds. He is a Stanch Democrat and Master Mason. In 1851 he married Miss Julia E. KNOX, of Bradley County, with whom he had twelve chldren; five sons and two daughters are living. Mrs. McKAMY is a consistant member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.
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