Tom Macon was born in the good old of Hanover at the family home. The home was situated on the banks of the historic river Chicahominy. His father named their homeland Fairfield as it was a large farm. The soil at the farm was fertile and agriculture did well. This made Hanover popular for quality sweet potatoes and melons.
Before Tom passed on, he wrote the book My Life’s Gleaning available at Tom Macon http://docsouth.unc.edu/fpn/macon/macon.html. He wrote the book with an intention of simplicity and a recapture of events that he could recall about his life. He wrote by retrospection of occurrences that occurred during his journey of life. Readers who were contemporaneous with the gleanings would easily recognize them. On the other hand, he would glean younger readers on what happened in the past. All the incidents and anecdotes were founded on facts. He launched the book hoping that the reader would appreciate his writing and that the book would get public approval.