Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Mississippi Vol I

The Goodspeed Publishing Company, 1891




(pg 894)

Hon. Joel A. Hearne, planter, Ripley, Miss. Mr. Hearne's paternal great grandfather
came from St. Christopher's Island, in the West Indies, but was probably born in Ire-
land. He was a blanket merchant. His son, Jesse Hearne, grandfather of our subject, was
a native of Maryland, born about 1758, and served as a soldier in the Revolutionary war.
Thomas Hearne, father of the subject, was born in North Carolina in February, 1793, and was
one of a family of four sons: George W., Jesse L. and William Spencer, all of whom were
reared to manhood in North Carolina. In 1814, being twenty-one years (born 1793),
Thomas started out to fight life's battles for himself, and when grown was married to Miss
Diana Hearne, also a native of the Old North State. In 1822 they located in Wilson county,
Tenn., remained there one year, and then located in Carroll county. In 1844 he came to
Tippah county and there his death occurred in 1855. Joel A. Hearne, one of eight children
born to the above mentioned union, owes his nativity to Tennessee, his birth occurring in
Wilson county in 1823. He passed his boyhood and youth in Carroll county of that state
and when twenty-one years of age cast his first vote for Henry Clay, for president, in 1844,
in 1845 located in what is now Union county where he resided until 1880. He was the first
mayor of New Albany, which was organized in 1850, and held that position until the break-
ing out of hostilities between the North and South. In 1848 he engaged in merchandising
and continued this business until 1873, when he established the New Albany Union, which
he ran until 1876. After this he followed planting until 1880. He was married in 1858 to
Miss Dansby who died in 1878 and in 1880 he was wedded to Mrs. W.T. Fleming. In 1865
he was elected to the legislature from Pontotoc county and served until 1867. Mr. Hearne
was appointed by Governor Alcorn, when Union county was formed out of Pontotoc and
Tippah county, with Joe J. Nutt, S.H. Hall, S.H. Ferguson and Charles Williams, to
constitute the board of supervisors to organize Union county. This county was organized
on the 19th of July, 1870, with George W. Wiley as probate clerk, Judge Levi Jarvis, as
circuit clerk; Hartwell F. Wells, sheriff; J.A. Hickman, treasurer and S.H. Norvell, assessor.
Socially Mr. Hearne is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He and Mrs. Hearne are mem-
bers of the Methodist church. Mrs. Hearne is the owner of about sixteen huncred acres in
Tippah county, on which is a beautiful and convenient residence.