Elder W. M. S. Wilks Enon College, Sumner County, Tenn. He is of English and Irish descent. He is above average in height and size. He is inclined to be fleshy, with fair complexion. He is the son of John and Nancy T. (Horseley) Wilks. He was born ten miles east of Gallatin, in Sumner County, Tenn., July 12, 1850. He was brought up on a farm. He made profession at old Hopewell Church, in Sumner County, Tenn., on Wednesday, after the fourth Sunday in October 1864, and two days later he united with said church and was baptized by Elder Jonathon Wiseman. He was ordained by Hopewell Church in May 1881, by Elders A. H. Rather, J. F. Lambert, J. P. Gilliam and J. S. Pardue, with Deacons J. G. Pardue, P. S. Harris, J. G. Hawkins, and J. W. Jones. He has been pastor as follows ( dates approximated): Corinth, Macon County, 1884; Pleasant Grove, 1884-87; Hopewell; 1887 to the present, 1902; Pleasant Valley, 1889-91, Corum Hill, 1888-91; Mt. Olivet, Trousdale County, 1888-91, Siloam, 1889-92, Hartsville, 1889, Hillsdale, 1891-1901, Friendship, 1893-99; Defeated Creek, 1869-99, Rocky Valley, Wilson County, 1899-1901, Gallatin, 1901; Knob Spring, 1901 to present, 1902. He was educated in common country schools. He has assisted in the constitution of two churches. He has no record of baptisms and marriages, but has been very active along these lines. He was married to Miss. Nettie Gibson, October 25, 1868, by whom he has eleven children- nine living and two dead.