My Genealogy Hound

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.

* * * *

Capt. N. A. Senter was born Nov. 1, 1838, in Cumberland County, N. C., the son of J. M. and Flora (McNeill) Senter, both natives of North Carolina and of Irish extraction. The father was a farmer and in 1855 moved to Gibson County, Tenn., where he passed the balance of his life. He was a moral man, a highly useful citizen, and reared a family of two sons and two daughters. He died in 1881, aged sixty-nine years. His wife was an excellent woman and died in 1883, aged seventy-three years. Both were consistent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. N. A. Senter was reared in North Carolina and in this county, growing up on a farm, He received a limited education and early in 1861 enlisted in Company B, Twenty-seventh Tennessee (Confederate) Regiment. He served about two years in the infantry and two years in the cavalry. He was first lieutenant, and after Shiloh was captain, but was forced to resign, owing to poor health. After recuperating, he enlisted in the cavalry service under Gen. Forrest, under whom he served as first lieutenant. At Shiloh and Columbia he received gun-shot wounds, but was not off duty thereby. At Shiloh five bullet holes were made in his hat. His experience was similar at Columbia. After the war he engaged in the grocery business at Humboldt. In 1880 he opened a livery barn. He is now acting deputy sheriff. He is a Democrat, a Mason and a K. of H. He has been mayor and recorder of Humboldt several times. He was married December 18, 1867, to Mrs. Elizabeth Lawhorn nee Baird, daughter of David Baird, an early settler of Dyer County. They have five children: John, Lilly, James, Grace and Neill. Both are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

* * * *

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

To view additional Gibson County, Tennessee family biographies, click here

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.