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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gibson 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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Algernon S. Currey was born in Nashville, Tenn., in 1820, son of Robert B. and Jane G. (Owen) Currey, who were born in North Carolina and Virginia respectively. The father was a farmer, and came to Tennessee with the noted Robertson family in 1790. His father was in the Revolutionary war, and was wounded at the battle of Guilford Court House, N. C. His father came from Belfast, Ireland, to the United States in 1727, and settled in Pennsylvania. Robert B. Currey was born in February, 1774, and was employed to lay off the city of Nashville, and was postmaster of the same in 1800, holding the office until 1827. He was also mayor of the city for some time, and held that office during La Fayette’s visit to the city. In 1827 he retired to his farm, and there remained until his death, in 1848. His wife died in 1867. Algernon S. was reared in the city of Nashville, and lived there with his father until twenty-one years of age. He then came to Trenton, Gibson Co., Tenn., and began the practice of law, continuing two years. He then followed teaching until the breaking out of the war, and in May, 1861, he organized Company F, Fourth Tennessee Regiment, and he was chosen first lieutenant. The company was reorganized at the end of one year, and our subject being unable for duty, he was sent to the hospital at Memphis. After his recovery he returned home, and did not again enlist, as he was over age. His last engagement was at Shiloh. He taught school in Trenton until 1865, when he located on his present farm, of 500 acres of well-improved land. He was deputy clerk for many years, before and after the war, and in 1870 was appointed superintendent of public instruction, and held that office for eight years. In 1842 he married Martha A. Nimmo, daughter of Allen C. and C. (Owens) Nimmo. Mrs. Currey was born in Tennessee, and has borne her husband seven daughters and four sons, all of whom are married and settled in life, and, like their parents, are honorable and useful citizens. Mr. and Mrs. Currey are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he is a Mason, and was Grand High Priest of the Grand Chapter of Tennessee one term. He is president of the Agricultural Wheel in this district, and is a stanch Democrat and an honest and trustworthy citizen.

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This family biography is one of 242 biographies included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Gibson County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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