Son of Frederick Heiskell (1752-1815) and Catherine Von Steidinger (1761-1799). Husband of Eliza Brown, whom he married on 18 Jul. 1816 in Jonesboro, Washington Co., TN. Father of nine children: Joseph Brown I; Margaret Brown; Joseph Brown II; Hugh Brown; Ann Eliza Peay; Margaret Alexander White; Susan Jacobs; Carrick White; and Ferdinand. As a child, he lived in VA. After learning the printer's trade from an older brother, he moved to Knoxville, TN, where he worked as a printer. Two years later, in 1816, he founded the Knoxville Register, which he ran in partnership with his brother-in-law, Hugh Brown. In 1836, he sold the paper and went to live on a large farm outside of Knoxville; in 1882 he relocated to Rogersville. Over the years, he served three terms as a State senator. F. S. Heiskell has been called "the father of TN journalism."
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