About Elijah Washington "Liege" Naillon
Elijah fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War, in the mounted cavalry of Captain G. W. Kirk's Company, 3rd Regiment. He enlisted as a private at Knoxville, Tennessee on 29 July 1864.
"While a member of the organization aforesaid, in the service and in the line of his duty, at or near a place called Newport, Cocke County, in the State of Tennessee, on or about the 20th day of November 1864 he being at the time a detached service captured a rebel soldier and said Elijah Washington Naillon came home with a rebel prisoner chained by the neck to his mule and after keeping him during the night tried [tied] to his own person he took the prisoner as before confined and he started to the federal army via Cocke County Tennese [Tennessee], said soldier claimed to belong to Morgan S. Vaughn's command and Elijah W. Naillon escorting him to the Union lines the prisoner took advantage at an unguarded moment to attack him with a stone knocking said Naillon down by striking him upon the head, and after falling repeating the blows until said Naillon was wholly disabled."
He would be known as the man that established historic Naillontown (aka Naillon Town); and was the first Post Master of the Naillon Town Post Office beginning on 8 October 1880 until 9 February 1883.
A story says he died on train making his way to Utah, but a death notice published in a Memphis, TN newspaper reports that he died at the Shelby County Poorhouse in the early morning of Sunday, 26 June 1904. He had been there since a patrolman found him wandering around the old depot. Family in Spanish Fork, Utah were notified but replied they were unable to care for the body, so his body was turned over to the Shelby County undertaker with instructions that his body might be sent to Utah at a later time. A GGG Grandson, still living in Cocke County, TN claims that Elijah's body was buried but later the graveyard was destroyed for roadway and later covered over for a parking lot.