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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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William M. Senter is one of four children born to the marriage of James M. Senter and Flora McNeill, both natives of North Carolina, born in 1812 and 1810 respectively. They married and lived in their native State until 1855, when they immigrated to Gibson County, Tenn., and here spent the remainder of their days. They were farmers and Methodists, and the father in early life was a merchant. He was a Democrat and died in 1878 followed by his wife six years later. Our subject is of English and Irish and Scotch descent. He was born in Harnett County, N. C., September 19, 1833, and was raised on a farm and received a practical education at the public schools. At the age of nineteen he began farming for himself, and in 1851 married Sarah Cameron, to whom two children were born. After her death he married, in 1857, Nancy J. Pemberton who has borne him eight children. His second wife died in 1882 and the following year he married Mrs. Nancy (Watson) Hendricks. In 1863 he joined Company B, Fourteenth Tennessee Confederate Cavalry and served one year. He has since farmed and in 1880 moved to Montazuma to educate his children, and during his four years’ sojourn in that place, was engaged in the mercantile business. In 1885 he returned to his farm of 400 acres. He is a Democrat and has been constable four years and magistrate ten years.

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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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