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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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Blackmon A. Ramsey is a son of William and Mary (Overall) Ramsey, and was born in Tennessee in 1819. His parents were also born in Tennessee, and his father was a farmer and a local minister in the Methodist Church for a number of years. The father resided in Rutherford County until his death in May, 1833. His wife died in 1858 while in Gibson County, visiting her children. Blackmon A. is one of their ten children, and was reared on a farm. After his father’s death he lived with his widowed mother until 1840, when he was married to Eliza Jett, daughter of John and Mary (White) Jett, of Virginia. She was born in Tennessee in 1819, and is the granddaughter of Hon. Capt. White, from whom White County derived its name. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey became the parents of eight children, three of whom are living: Mary A., Mildred J. and Susan E. A year after his marriage Mr. Ramsey moved to Gibson County, and located on his present farm of 125 acres; besides this he owns 136 acres in the Twenty-first District. Of late years he has given little attention to farming, having traveled in the interest of patents. In 1862 he joined Capt. Cummin’s company, Forty-seventh Tennessee Regiment, and served about fifteen months, when he was honorably discharged, owing to his age. He received a slight wound at Shiloh, and was in the hospital a short time. Since 1882 he has been justice of the peace of his district. He is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mrs. Ramsey had two brothers, Madison and Stephen J., who were early immigrants to Texas, and participated in the battle of San Jacinto, when Texas cast off the Spanish yoke. They were in the squad that captured Santa Anna, and some of the jewelry they captured from him was sent to their friends in Tennessee. She has two other brothers that located in Texas at a later period.

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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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