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Below is a family biography included in The History of Fayette County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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Rev. S. S. Gill, pastor of the Presbyterian Church under the Memphis Presbytery, was born December 5, 1829, in Haywood County, Tenn., and is of a family of seven sons and one daughter born to David and Maria (Scott) Gill. The father was a native of North Carolina and the mother of South Carolina. They came to Tennessee in childhood and were married in Giles County, Tenn., and located at Brownsville, where the father was a house carpenter for seven years; they then moved to Chulohoma, Marshall Co., Miss., where he worked at his trade two years, then located on a farm in same county, where he remained twelve years, and in 1851 located on a farm near Home Lake, DeSoto Co., Miss., where the mother died, and in a few years after the father moved to Graves County, Ky., where he died in 1879. Our subject graduated at the University of Mississippi in 1854, after completing the preparatory course under John A. Rousseau, near Horne Lake. He then spent three years in the theological seminary at Danville, Ky., and was licensed to preach in the presbytery of northern Mississippi in 1857, and labored in that field until 1860, having been ordained in 1859. In 1860 he moved to Fayette County, taking charge of Hickory Withe and Macon Churches, which he has retained ever since with the exception of an interval of ten years, during which he had other work in place of Macon Church. December 22, 1864, he married James Anna Webb, a native of Somerville, Fayette County, who is a devout member of the Presbyterian Church. In 1878 Mr. Gill located at his present home, consisting of 108 acres one mile north of Hickory Withe. He is a Democrat in politics, and as a minister has greatly endeared himself to the members of his church. Mr. Gill has been an earnest worker in the church and has done a great deal for the town and county, and is a cultured man and a true Christian.

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This family biography is one of 77 biographies included in The History of Fayette County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Fayette County was included within The History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties, Tennessee

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