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Below is a family biography included in The History of East 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 Haynes was born in Grainger (now Union) County, May 30, 1825, the son of William and Sarah (Smith) Haynes. The father was born in Surrey County, Va., in March, 1787, the son of John Haynes, who was born in the above State and county, and came to Tennessee when his son was a small boy. The father was a farmer and mechanic, served as magistrate of Grainger County, and was chairman of the county court when he died. He died of small-pox April 25, 1835, and was a highly respected man. He kept a well known public house in Hickory Valley, Grainger County, and afterward his widow and our subject conducted it. The mother was born in Sullivan County, December 20, 1790, the daughter of Margaret Smith, and was a devoted member of the Baptist Church. She died March 17, 1870. Our subject grew up on the farm, and lived with his mother until thirty years of age. He then married and lived on the homestead about twenty-seven years, then after a residence of two years three miles east of Morristown, he came to his present farm near Mossy Creek, where he is living the quiet life of a retired farmer, on one of the most beautiful small farms in the county. November 25, 1855, he married Endsey, the daughter of Elijah Hale (deceased), and born in Campbell County, Tenn. Their children are: Daniel M., born, September 11, 1856; T. W., born December 10, 1860, and Martha J., born May 27, 1865. The first two are wholesale and retail saddle and harness dealers of Knoxville. Our subject is a Baptist.

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This family biography is one of 938 biographies included in The History of East Tennessee published in 1887.  For the complete description, click here: History of East Tennessee

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