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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 T. Senter is a son of Moses E. and Margaret J. (Elam) Senter. They were both Tennesseans, the father born in 1816, and both came to Gibson County after reaching manhood and womanhood and here married. In their family were ten children, two sons and eight daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Senter were members of the Missionary Baptist Church. He was formerly a Primitive Baptist, but was expelled for joining the Masons. He was a minister for about forty years, and was a Democrat up to the time of his death in 1882. His wife died the same year. The Senters for generations back have been Baptist ministers. William T. Senter is of English-Irish descent and was born and reared in Gibson County. His birth occurred January 2, 1841, and he secured only a limited education owing to the undeveloped condition of the schools. At the age of eighteen he entered Bluff Spring College, but the war cut short his school days. In 1861 he joined Company B, Forty-seventh Tennessee Confederate Infantry, and after about a year’s service was taken with typhoid fever and for twelve months was confined to the hospital. After recovering he joined Forrest’s cavalry and served until the close of the war. In 1870 he married L. A. Mitchell, daughter of Dr. P. H. Mitchell. Their union has been blessed in the birth of five children. Mr. Senter is a Democrat and farmer and owns 220 acres of land. He is a Master Mason, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist 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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