Dandridge, Feb. 28 -- Death today had taken W. T. Nelson, retired farmer of Dandridge, Route 3, member of the Home Guard of Confederate forces during the Civil War.  He was 94 -- believed to have been the oldest person in Jefferson County.
He had lived all his life on his 60-acre farm here.  During the Sixties it was his duty to protect women and children of Jefferson and Sevier Counties.

He leaves two daughters, Mrs. Dora Sellers and Mrs. Willie Reagan, of Dandridge; seven sons, John G. Harrill and Nick Nelson, all of Knoxville, James and Hugh of New Market, Clifford of Kodak, and Robert Nelson of Dandridge; a sister, Mrs. Sula Anderson, of Knoxville; 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.  Funeral will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Deep Springs Church, with burial in the church cemetery.  Atchley's in charge.

Source: Knoxville News-Sentinel, 28 Feb 1940, pg 14

Details from his death certificate

Birth: 12 February 1846, Jefferson Co., Tenn.
Death: 27 February 1940, Dandridge, Jefferson Co., Tenn.
Burial: 29 February 1940, Jefferson Co., Tenn.
Residence at Death: Dandridge, Jefferson Co., Tenn.
Father: John Wesley Nelson
Peggy Mills
Beatrice Hodge (Eva B., married 22 Sep 1891 in Jefferson County)
He first married Martha C. Newman 1 Jan 1868 in Jefferson County