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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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Franklin A. Overall, M. D., was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., June 13, 1852; son of Rev. Nathaniel W. and Martha A. Overall, natives of Tennessee. Our subject was brought to Gibson County when small, and was here reared on a farm. He attended the common schools and in 1870 began the study of medicine with Dr. E. R. Vaughn, and in 1873 entered the medical department of the University of Nashville, and is a graduate from it, and the Vanderbilt Medical College. Since 1875 he has resided in this vicinity and has been prosperous both professionally and financially. In 1876 he was married to Ada A. McKenzie, who died in 1882, leaving two children: Walter V. and Millie F. Dr. Overall took for his second wife Emmory C. Maxwell, and one child has blessed their union—Mary M. Dr. Overall is a Democrat and has been secretary and treasurer of the Gibson County Medical Society since its organization.

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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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