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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 W. Ramsey, trustee of Gibson County, Tenn., and native of the county, was born October 7, 1840, being a son of Nathaniel J. and Fannie Y. (Davis) Ramsey, natives respectively of Rutherford County, Tenn., and Davis County, Ky. The father came to Gibson County about 1830, and located on a tract of land two miles north of Trenton, where he farmed successfully until his death in 1871. His wife died in March, 1862. John W. was reared on his father’s farm in this county, and obtained a fair education in the common branches. Upon the breaking out of the war he joined Capt. G. B. Black’s company, Fifty-fifth Regiment Tennessee Infantry, and served as private in the Confederate Army until the close of the war. He was made a prisoner with his entire command at Island No. 10, in the Mississippi River, and was held five months in Federal prisons in the North. After his return home he resumed farming, and continued the same until August, 1880, when he was elected to the office of trustee of Gibson County, and has served by re-election three terms of two years each. He is an uncompromising Democrat in politics, and January 3, 1866, was married to Victoria M. Heard, of Bedford County, Tenn. They have seven children: Lula V., William Walter, Kittie E., Fannie Irene, Minnie L., Tommie S. and Mattie. Mr. and Mrs. Ramsey are members 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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