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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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Robert L. P. Oliver is a son of George and Abigail (McKee) Oliver, who were born in Virginia and North Carolina, respectively. They were married in the latter State, and in 1826 came to Tennessee and settled in Madison County. The father was a Democrat, and was a captain in the war of 1812. He was a farmer during life, and died in 1857. His wife died in 1838. Of their ten children, our subject is the only one now living. He is of Scotch-Irish birth, and was born in Lincoln County, N. C., October 10, 1826. Although he received a limited early education, he improved this in later years by his own unaided efforts. He made his father’s house his home until twenty-two years old, then began his career as an agriculturist, and now owns 184 acres of fair land. He served about four months in the late war, but was released, being over conscript age. In 1848 he united his fortunes with those of Sarah A. Branson, who was born in North Carolina, in 1823. This union was blessed with nine children, eight of whom are living. Mr. Oliver is a Democrat, and his wife is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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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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