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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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Lewis Levy, M. D. (deceased), was born in St. Mary’s, Ga., February 23, 1807, being a son of Lewis C. Levy, who came from England to America at an early day and amassed considerable wealth, which was afterward swept away by the ravages of the British soldiers in the war of 1812. From that time until his death he was a merchant of Philadelphia. Our subject was reared in the mercantile business with his father, and at the age of twenty-one years came west and located in Murfreesboro, where he followed mercantile pursuits until about 1832, when he came to Trenton and was engaged in the same business for a number of years. At the age of twenty-nine or thirty, seeing the need of competent physicians in this part of the county, he began the study of medicine and graduated later from the Louisville (Ky.) Medical College. He began practicing immediately and devoted the remainder of his life to his chosen profession, proving very successful in that work. He was very skillful as a physician and accumulated a handsome competency by many years of strict devotion to business. He took an active part in all public and private enterprises, and was noted for his charity to the poor and for his interest and aid in spreading the Christian faith. After joining the Methodist Church he obtained a license to preach and exercised his gifts long enough to receive deacon’s orders, but domestic and professional engagements caused him to give up this work. In 1833 he married Phoebe Fite, of Gibson County, daughter of Thomas Fite, the first white settler of the county. To them were born twelve children, six of whom are living: Corilla, Lewis, Henrietta (Mrs. C. J. Pattison), Charles P., John P. and Nellie. Dr. Levy died November 4, 1879, having lived a long, industrious and useful life. He was a lieutenant in the Seminole war of 1836.

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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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