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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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John G. Thomas, M. D., was born January 13, 1831, son of Gambrell and Ruth (Cole) Thomas. The father was born in South Carolina, August 19, 1796, and died there in 1843. After his death his widow moved to Mississippi and died there in 1873. They reared a family of eight children, all of whom are now dead (1886), except four: William J., Luarka, John G. and Reuben. Dr. Thomas, our subject, was born in South Carolina, and moved with his mother to Mississippi in 1848, where he was given the advantages of a common school education. He began the study of medicine in 1852, and in 1855 entered the South Carolina Medical School at Charleston, and graduated from this institution in 1857. He began practicing in Mississippi, but in 1859 moved to Arkansas, where he resided two years, then returned to Mississippi. In 1867 he came to Gibson County, Tenn., where he has since practiced his profession. In 1865 he was married to Miss Sallie Quinn who died in the spring of 1884, having borne two children: Mattie L. (who died at the age of fifteen), and Annie L. In the fall of 1884 Dr. Thomas married Miss Emma Howell. They have one child—Hubert G. Dr. Thomas owns 50 acres of good land in the Twenty-fourth District of the county, and, being one of the successful physicians of Gibson County, has a good and paying practice.

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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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