Joel HEMBREE (1796-1868)
HOUSE, 23rd, 24th, 26th, and 28th General Assemblies, 1839-43, 1845-47, 1849-51; representing Roane County; Democrat. Born at Spartenburg County, S.C., Mar. 25, 1796; names of parents and extent of schooling not determined. Married but name of wife, date and place of marriage not indicated; children--Caroline, born c.1830, and Joel D., born in 1840. Moved in Roane County, 1819, and settled where Cardiff grew up later; described as a soldier, farmer, statesman. In War of 1812; enlisted Sept. 16, 1812, in Capt. John McKamey's company, 11th regt., Tennessee Militia; enlisted again Nov. 13, 1814, in Capt. McKamey's company, 5th regt., East Tennessee Militia, holding rank of 1st lt.; capt. of a militia company later; commanded unit during Indian removal, 1836, and a fort named for him. Said never to have joined a church but was baptized one year before death. Died in Roane County Dec. 23, 1868; buried in family graveyard on home place near Kingston.
Sources: Prepared Roster, 26th General Assembly, 1845, and House, 28th General Assembly, 1849; Cardiff Herald, Sept. 17, 1890; Rockwood Times, Mar. 20, 1916; Mar. 23, 1922; Dec. 21, 1939; Goodspeed, History of Roane County, 1075; War of 1812 files, Tenn. Archives; Tenn. Vital Statistics, Death Certificate (son), 41-291.
From: Biographical Directory, Tennessee General Assembly, 1796-1969, Roane County; Tennessee State Library and Archives.