ANDREW J. BALLENTINE, farmer of Giles County, Tenn., was born in Pulaski, December 30, 1834, and is the fifth child born to the union of Andrew M. and Mary Ballentine. He received a liberal education in the Wurtemburg Academy and at the age of nineteen began clerking in his father's dry goods store, in Pulaski. He remained in this capacity a number of years and then began farming, which was interrupted by the breaking out of the war. He joined Gen. Logwood's Battalion of Cavalry, but was soon transferred to Gen. Gordon's staff. After the war he again began farming and has followed that and merchandising up to the present time. In 1869, he wedded Amanda Kennedy, daughter of John and Pattie Kennedy, natives of New York. Mr. and Mrs. Ballentine have four children: Orlean, Sallie W., Hick and Lady. Mr. Ballentine gives considerable attention to fine stock raising, and owns some fine land south and north of Pulaski, both portions being well improved. Mr. Ballentine is a Democrat, and of Irish descent.
From: Goodspeed's History of Giles County