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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 W. Overall is a son of Nase and Amelia H. (Davis) Overall, and was born in 1823. He resided on a farm with his parents until twenty-one years of age, and at the age of twenty-two became a traveling minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church for nine years. In 1856 he located on his farm. In 1847 he was united in marriage to Martha A. Kelley, daughter of C. T. and Nancy (Wilkins) Kelley. She was born in this State in 1828, and became the mother of eleven children, four of whom are dead. Her death occurred September 5, 1871. December 24, 1872, Mr. Overall was united in marriage to Malvina E. McKenzie, daughter of Jeremiah H. and Anna (Gantt) McKenzie. She is a Tennessean, born in 1829. Mr. Overall’s farm consists of 155 acres of well improved land on which he raises corn, cotton and small grain. His wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he has taken one degree in Masonry. He has always been a stanch Democrat in politics. His father and mother were born in Tennessee and Kentucky respectively. The father was a farmer and was for many years a local preacher in the Methodist Church. He died in 1862, and his wife in 1876. Their family consisted of eight children.

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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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