Born: 4 April 1842 in White County, Tennessee
Name at Birth: Andrew R. Duncan
Died: 31 January 1915in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: West Graveyard, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents:John Massa and Susannah (Unknown) Duncan (wife of William Duncan)

Married: Elizabeth Burgess on 30 March 1862 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Born: 9 January 1834 in White County, Tennessee
Died: 18 April 1909in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: West Graveyard, Putnam County, Tennessee
Parents: Charles and Margaret "Peggy" (McBride) Burgess


  1. Sarah Naomi Massa
  2. Margaret Susannah Massa
  3. Mary Massa
  4. Jerusha Alabama Massa
  5. Lenora Beneter Massa


  • Half-Brother: Tilman C. Duncan - 25th Tennessee Infantry - CSA
  • Brother: Granderson P. Duncan - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA
  • Brother-in-Law: Charles Lafayette Burgess - 1st Tennessee Mounted Infantry - USA


25 th Tennessee Infantry
Company E


  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Enlisted 25 July 1861 at Tullahoma
  • 16 May 1862 - 31 August 1862 - Absent without leave
  • 12 Jan 1863: On detached service as a nurse
  • 7 Sep 1863: Deserted at Ooltewah Station
  • 25 Feb 1864: Took the Oath of Allegiance
  • Born: Putnam County
  • Hair: Dark
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Complexion: Dark
  • Height: 5' 8"

8 thTennessee Mounted Infantry
Company D



  • Entered the service as a Private and left the service as a Private
  • Born: White County
  • Age: 23
  • Enlisted 6 Mar 1865 at Granville
  • Eyes: Blue
  • Hair: Dark
  • Complexion: Dark
  • Height: 5' 10"
  • Mustered In: 6 Mar 1865
  • Enlistment - 30 Apr 1865: Present
  • May - Jun 1865: Present
  • Mustered Out: 31 Aug 1865



  • 1850 Census:White County, TN Page 94 (listed as Andrew Duncan)
  • 1860 Census:White County, TN, Page 64
  • 1870 Census:Putnam County, TN, Page 161
  • 1880 Census:Putnam County, TN, Page 190C
  • 1900 Census:Putnam County, TN, Page 14B
  • 1910 Census:Putnam County, TN, Page 2A


Putnam County Herald
22 April 1909
Vol. VII, No. 16, Page 5

  • Mrs. A. R. Massa died at her home a few miles southwest of this city April 18, 1909. She has been sick for some time.

Putnam County Herald
4 February 1915
Vol. XIII, No. 5, Page 4

  • In Memoriam -- Hon. A. R. Massa was born April 4, 1842, and died January 31, 1915. He lived in Putnam county all of his life. He was married to Elizabeth Burgess sometime before the Civil war, and they both joined the Free Will Baptist church of Cane Creek in 1864; to them were born six children all of whom were girls, three of them still living. Mrs. Erastus Davis, Mrs. W. H. Barr, and Mrs. Jesse Pendergrass; those who have died were Mrs. Paris Carr, Mrs. James Carr and one who died when about grown; the mother and wife died April 18, 1909, at the age of 75 years and three months. There are some things that can truthfully be said about Brother and Sister Massa and their children and surviving loved ones. There are 11 in the family and all of them are members of the church and are devoted Christians, so that ought to be some encouragement to parents to "Bring up your children in the way they should go, and when they get old they will not depart from it." These parents always set good examples before their children. Bro. Massa had been for a long time a Prohibitionist, and served Putnam county two terms in the lower house of the legislature; he served on some very important committees and he was one who helped destroy the liquor traffic in Tennessee; so you see it is not strange that he raised a good group of children. But few parents realize the great responsibility that rests on them; for the examples they set before their children; God give us such men -- Men whom the lust of office cannot kill, Men, whom the spoils of office cannot buy; Men who fear God and cannot lie. Bro. Massa was buried at the West cemetery Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, the funeral services being conducted by Rev. W. B. Gentry and Suttrell Clouse. -- W. L. Ray

Putnam County Herald
4 February 1915
Vol. XIII, No. 5, Page 3

  • Honorable A. R. Massa - Hon. A. R. Massa died Sunday morning at his home, four miles south west of this city. He was 73 years old and one of the best known and highly respected citizens of Putnam county. He had spent his entire life in this county, and his walk was always that of an upright Christian gentleman. From his childhood he was a devoted member of the Free Will Baptist church. He was also a Mason and an Odd Fellow. He served as a Representative from this county in the General Assembly of 1909 and 1911. His wife died several years ago, he is survived by three daughters. The remains were interred at the West Cemetery Sunday afternoon.


Putnam County, TN
Will Book 6
Page 257
Online at FamilySearch

  • Name: Massa, A. R.
    Page(s): 257
    Date the Will was Written: Aug 19, 1913
    Date the Will was Recorded: Feb 17, 1915


  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1909) - #70024 - Elizabeth Massa
  • Death Certificate: Putnam County, TN (1915) - #3 - Andrew R. Massa
  • Biographical Directory of the TN General Assembly, Vol. III, 1901-1931(Page 457)
    Massa, Andrew R. (1842 - 1915) HOUSE, 56th & 57th General Assemblies, 1909 - 1913 representing Putnam County; "Independent Democrat." Born April 4, 1842, in Putnam County; names of parents not found. Extent of formal education unknown. Marriage date and place, not stated, to Elizabeth Burgess; six daughters, one whose name is not found and five listed by married names: Mrs. Erastus Davis, Mrs. W. H. Barr, Mrs. Jesse Pendergrass, Mrs. Paris Carr, and Mrs. James Carr. Engaged in farming near Cookeville, Putnam County. Member of the Free Will Baptist Church; Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Mount View Lodge 179. Died January 31, 1915, in Cookeville. Buried in West Cemetery, Putnam County.
  • White County, TN Minute Book 1853 - 1858, Page 349- Tuesday 2nd September 1856 - John Massa - Exparte Petition to render Granderson Duncan and Andrew Rush Duncan legitimate - . . . John Massa of the County of White and State aforesaid would state to your Honor, that Granderson Duncan and Andrew Rush Duncan are both sons of his, begotten on the body of Susannah Duncan of the county of White and State of Tennessee and born out of lawful wedlock, That your Petitioner since their birth has joined in lawful wedlock to the Mother of said children, and since that time they have been living with your Petitioner, and have been good and duitful sons, Therefore the promises considered your Petitioner would pray your Honor that it be decreed, that the names of these children be changed to that of Granderson Massa and Andrew Rush Massa, And that they be decreed and constituted lawful heirs of your Petitioner to share and share alike with his other lawful children in the distribution of his property. John Mass (his mark)
  • Putnam County Herald, 21 September 1904, Page 3 - Listed as a member of Mount View Lodge, No. 179, Independent Order of Odd Fellows: Massa, A. R., Farmer, Hudgens, TN


A. R. Massa

Top Photo Source: Tennessee General Assembly 1870 Present
1909-1910 56th General Assembly Composite Photo

Bottom Photo Source: Tennessee General Assembly 1870 Present
1911-1912 57th General Assembly Composite Photo