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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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Samuel H. Thomas, register, and native of Gibson County, Tenn., was born on the 17th of April, 1845, and is a son of Rev. Samuel Y. and Sarah C. (Thomas) Thomas, who were Tennesseans. Samuel H.’s early days were spent on a farm, and in 1862 he enlisted in the Confederate Army, Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry, and served until June, 1864. He was wounded at this time, and was never able to re-enter service. After the war closed, and he regained his health, he attended school two years, and in 1871 engaged in the mercantile business at Dyer, and was thus engaged until 1875. Soon after this he was appointed postmaster at Dyer, and was also agent for the Southern Express Company at that place, which position he held until 1881. He was elected notary public of the Twenty-first District in 1879, and held the office until 1882, since which time he has followed agricultural pursuits. He was elected register of Gibson County in August, 1886. Mr. Thomas married Harriet E. Polk, February 9, 1871. She is a daughter of William and Mary Polk, of Fayette County, Tenn. They are the parents of the following children: William H., Samuel Y., Sallie L., Albert A., Mattie M., James D. and Earle. The family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and Mr. Thomas is a Democrat, and of Scotch-Irish descent.

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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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