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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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Smith B. Hamilton was born in 1837, and is a son of James and Peggy A. (Langford) Hamilton, who were native Tennesseans. The father was a farmer and served as a soldier under Jackson. He supported a family of eleven children, and accumulated some property. He was a Whig in politics, and lived in Dyer County until his death. His wife died in 1872. Our subject made his parents’ house his home until their respective deaths. In 1860 he married Adaline Parks, who was born in Gibson County, in 1840, and is the mother of one child, James G. She is a daughter of Robert and Jemima Parks. Our subject resided on his farm of 97 acres in the Eighth District for some time, but sold the land and purchased property in Rutherford, locating here in 1886. He still owns 52 acres of improved land in the Eighth District. He, wife and son are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In July, 1886, he was elected mayor of the city. He is a Democrat, and in 1861 enlisted in the Forty-seventh Tennessee Regiment, Confederate States Army, and served until after the battle of Shiloh, when he returned home.

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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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