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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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Joseph W. Grier, M. D., a well-known and successful physician of Gibson County, Tenn., was born in 1852, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Wyatt) Grier, who were born in Tennessee. Dr. Joseph Grier spent his early days on a farm and received his education in the common schools. He was an industrious “tiller of the soil” until 1880, when he began the study of medicine with Dr. A. W. Stephenson, of Gibson County, as his preceptor. In 1883 he attended the Memphis Medical College, and since 1884 has been a successful practitioner. At the latter date his marriage with Mattie Oliphant was celebrated. She is a daughter of Jack and Sallie Oliphant, of Gibson County, and she and the Doctor are church members. He is a Democrat in his political views and of English lineage.

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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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