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The Tennilles

Francis Tennille (1747)
William A. Tennille (1792)
Francis T. Tennille (1799)
William A. Tennille (1840)
Mary A. Tennille (1870)
George F. Tennille (1873)
William A. Tennille, Jr. (1877)

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William Alexander Tennille

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William Alexander Tennille.

William Alexander Tennille, after a long illness, which began nearly a year ago with an attack of the "grip," died at an early hour Tuesday, January 10th, at the Polyclinic Hospital, on 34th Street in New York city.

He was born July 3, 1840 in Washington County, Georgia, where his father and grandfather lived before him. He lived, however, during his boyhood and early manhood at Fort Gaines, Georgia. Graduating at an early age at the University of Georgia, at Athens, he was studying law when the Civil War began. He volunteered at once, and served throughout the war in the Confederate Army. He was promoted twice for gallantry on the field, and at the close of the war was on the staff of General "Tige" Anderson, with the rank of Captain. Shortly after the war he moved to New York, and embarked in business on the Cotton Exchange as a member of the firm of Tuttle & Wakefield.

About 1893 this firmed [sic] dissolved partnership, and Mr. Tennille retired from active business and moved to East Orange, New Jersey, where he has resided since.

Descended on his father's side from several colonial and revolutionary ancestors, and on his mother's side from General Nathaniel Bacon, ahd [sic] other Virginia and Georgia patriots, he took much interest in patriotic societies.

A member of the Societg [sic] of the Cincinnati, the Society of Colonial Wars and the Sons of the Revolution, yet he prized as one of his valued possessions, the cross of honor of the Confederate Veterans.

He married Clara Tuttle, and leaves, besides his widow, three children, George F. and William A. Tennille, of Savannah, Georgia and Mrs. W.F. Dix, of East Orange, N.J.

Funeral services were held January 12th at the Collegiate Church, 48th Street & Fifth avenue, New York City, of which Church he had been a member for many years. The interment took place at Woodlawn.



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