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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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Nathaniel H. Corley is a Tennessean, born in 1825, and the son of Robert and Sallie (Crews) Corley, who were born in Virginia and came to Tennessee after their marriage. They lived in several counties in the State, but finally located in Gibson County. The father was a farmer and fought under Jackson in the war of 1812, and participated in the battle of New Orleans. He was a Democrat and became the father of seven children. His wife died in 1846, and he then married Mrs. Elfida (Crews) Cookwood, a sister of his first wife. She died in 1857, and he in 1858. Nathaniel H. resided with his father until he attained his majority. At the age of fifteen he began learning the tailor’s trade, and after his marriage, which occurred October 29, 1846, he opened a tailor’s shop in Yorkville and continued very successfully until 1856, when he closed out and engaged in the mercantile business. During the war he farmed and after its close he resumed the mercantile business, and has since been engaged in the following pursuits: farming, blacksmithing, patent right business, cotton-ginning, and he operated the first wool and carding factory built in the county. In March, 1878, he moved to Rutherford and embarked in the hotel business. He owns 125 acres of fairly improved land. He is a Mason and Democrat. He married Nancy S. Cooper, daughter of Thomas and Eliza (Walton) Cooper. She was born in Tennessee March 3, 1826, and became the mother of seven children: John A., born October 31, 1847, and died December 3, 1849; Mary F., born November 19, 1849, and died October 16, 1850; William H., born October 2, 1851, and died August 8, 1852; Robert T., born June 20, 1855; Mary R., born October 6, 1858; Eliza C., born January 8, 1862; Martha A., born July 5, 1864, and Clint A., born May 1, 1868. Mrs. Corley died December 26, 1868. In 1871 Mr. Corley married Mrs. Martha L. (Frazier) Lamb, widow of Dr. B. F. Lamb, and two children blessed their union: Bell E. and Louisa F. Mrs. Corley was born in Tennessee in 1842, and became the mother of one child by her second marriage, Carrie G., who was born September 19, 1872.

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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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