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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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James K. P. Clements is a son of John C. and Cynthia (Utley) Clements, natives of Wake County, N. C., born in 1801 and 1802, respectively. They were married in 1825, and came to Gibson County, Tenn., three years later, and then moved to Carroll County. Of their nine children, five are living. The father was a surveyor and farmer, and a Democrat in politics. He died in 1841, and the mother November 29, 1865. Our subject’s birth occurred in Carroll County, Tenn., April 24, 1843. His early educational opportunities were very limited, as he was obliged to work on the farm to assist his widowed mother. Aug. 6, 1861, he joined the Twelfth Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army, and served throughout the war. He was wounded at the battle of Belmont. September 3, 1868, he married Mattie T. Hurt, who was born in Carroll County, Tenn., June 9, 1851, and of their five children two are living: Minnie B., born June 23, 1869, and Benjamin D., born January 18, 1874. Mrs. Clements was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and died August 30, 1879. Mr. Clements was engaged in the drug business at Milan, Tenn., for a short time, but sold out, and afterward engaged in the milling business with his brother, but, owing to external affairs, failed in the business. He has since overcome, in a great measure, his liabilities, and is now in comfortable circumstances. He owns a good flouring-mill, three miles from Milan, and has built up a good business. He is a stanch Democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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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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