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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Crockett County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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J. F. Osborne, M. D., is a native of Columbia, Tenn., born in 1843, and is one of four living members of seven children of E. R. and M. D. Osborne, who were born in Georgetown, Ky., in 1810 and Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1820, respectively. E. R. Osborne came to Columbia, Tenn., when a young man, and was married in Giles County, in 1886, to Mrs. M. D. Batte. He took up his residence in that county in 1845, and afterward represented the people there in the State Legislature several times, and was chosen an elector for the State at large in 1852. At the beginning of the late war he was a strong Union man, but still sympathized with the Southern cause. He died in 1884. His widow died in October of the following year. Dr. J. F. Osborne was educated in the Union University, at Murfreesboro, and after completing his education he entered the office of Dr. Battle, of Union City, and remained with him until the breaking out of the civil war, when he joined Company D, Thirty-third Tennessee Infantry, but was wounded at Perryville. He was captured at Mobile, and was kept a prisoner at Camp Chase, Ohio, for four months. He held the rank of orderly sergeant. After his return he completed his medical course, and graduated from the medical school at Louisville, Ky. In the spring of 1867 he began practicing in Obion County, and in 1868 married Miss N. B., daughter of John F. Sinclair. Mrs. Osborne was born in Dyer County in 1847, and is the mother of the following children: Florence, W. B., Alma, Nannie B., Helen and Ella. In 1869 the Doctor located where he now resides. He has a large and lucrative practice, and has been quite successful in his professional labors. He has always been interested in the general development of the county, and is ready to encourage all laudable enterprises, especially the building of educational institutions. He is a Democrat in politics, and a member of the K. of H. He and Mrs. Osborne are members of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 72 biographies included in the book,  The History of Crockett County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Crockett County was included within The History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties, Tennessee

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