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Article on his brother, John Anderson Cheatham:From the Confederate Veteran Magazine:Cheatham, John Anderson, Major-Born:Jun.7,1826 near Nashville, Tenn. Died:Nov.13,1903 -Memphis, Tenn. Buried Nashville, Tenn. (prob.Mt.Olivet with brother)-Service Unit:6th Ark.Inf.-Service Unit:General Cheatham's Staff, Major-Confederate Veteran-v.12, p.124-Text:Major John Anderson Cheatham was born near Nashville, Tenn, Jun.6,1825. He was the third son of Leonard Pope Cheatham and Elizabeth Robertson, and a great grandson of Gen.James Robertson, the founder of the City of Nashville. About 1850 Maj.Cheatham moved to Arkansas, where he was engaged in planting on an extensive scale when the war between the States opened. He assisted his kinsman, Col.Sam G.Smith, in recruiting the 6th Ark.Infantry, with which he served until he was appointed, in 1862, major on the staff of his distinguished brother, Maj.General Benjamin Franklin Cheatham, with whom he served until the close of the war. Surrendering with the army of Gen.Joseph E.Johnston at Bentonville, N.C. After the close of the war, Maj.Cheatham returned to Tennessee, but in a short time he resumed his planting operations in Arkansas. In 1882 he married Mrs.Lottie Wall Cheatham, the widow of Col.Edward Cheatham (Charlotte Wall married Edward Cheatham Oct.22,1857 Marshal Co., Miss.), and made his home thereafter in Memphis, where he died Nov.13,1903. Per Goodspeed: Maj. John A. Cheatham was born in Davidson County, in the suburbs of Nashville, June 6, 1826, and was a son of Col. Leonard P. Cheatham, a soldier with Jackson in the war of 1812, and a native of Virginia. He came to Tennessee at an early age. The Cheatham family were among the earliest settlers of Robertson County, and were recognized as leading men in that part of the State. Anderson Cheatham, the grandfather of our subject, was sheriff of Robertson County, and instrumental in forming the society and establishing the civilization of that locality. Sen. Richard Cheatham, who represented that district in the Legislature for a number of years, and was also a member of Congress, and Col. Edward Cheatham, who had been a member of both houses'of the Legislature, and for whom the county of Cheatham was named, and who did a great deal toward the construction of the Nashville & Edgefield Railroad, were numbered among the prominent members of the Cheatham family. The present member of Congress from that district, Hon. Joseph E. Washington, is a descendant of the Cheatham family; his father, the Hon. George A. Washington, formerly vice-president of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, and one of the wealthiest and most prominent citizens oI the State, was descended from the Cheathams on the mother's side. The father of our subject married Elizabeth Robertson, a granddaughter of Gen. James Robertson, for whom the county was named. He was the pioneer, and the acknowledged leader of the colony that settled the locality around Nashville. His life and virtues have been well portrayed by Col. Putman, in his "Life of Robertson." It was from this source that the late Gen. Cheatham, a brother of our subject, inherited his bravery during the late war, and his ability to command. Our subject's parents both died in Nashville, the father in March, 1863, and the mother December 23, 1881. The father was a lawyer and a politician of wide reputation, and held the position of postmaster under President Polk. The family consisted of eleven children, our subject being the fifth child. He was raised on a farm, and has made a business of farming and merchandising. He enlisted in the Confederate Army, belonging to an Arkansas regiment, but was afterward transferred to Gen. Cheatham's staff, and served from 1862 until the war closed, and was surrendered at High Point, N. C. January 17, 1882, he was married in Memphis, at the First Methodist Episcopal Church, to Mrs. Charlotte W. Cheatham. Mr. Cheatham has always been a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Cass. He has a beautiful home three miles from Memphis, and a fine plantation in the Mississippi bottom, sixteen miles south of Memphis. He is well known in Middle and West Tennessee.
- Paul V. Isbell
 Added: Aug. 25, 2012

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