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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Lauderdale County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  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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Edward F. Talley, a resident of the northern part of Lauderdale County, was born in Memphis, Tenn., September 27, 1860. His father, E. F. Talley, was born near Richmond, Va., March 3, 1818, and when sixteen years of age, came with his parents to Tipton County, Tenn. He was married in Tipton County, September 12, 1850, to Miss L. A. F. Bibb, daughter of R. C. Bibb, a native of Virginia, and a carpenter by occupation. Four sons and one daughter were born to this marriage, our subject being the fourth member, Mr. Talley, Sr., was a farmer highly esteemed in his community, and died in Tipton County, December 20, 1869. Our subject’s mother was born in Rockingham County, Va., March 10, 1823, and is still living. Mr. Talley commenced work for himself when only fourteen years of age. He was raised on a farm, receiving the advantages of a common-school education, and has made a business of farming. He was married in Lauderdale County February 18, 1880, to Miss Nancy E. Taylor, daughter of J. P. Taylor, a substantial farmer, and has three sons: Eugene, born January 19, 1881; George T., born January 9, 1883 and Euris A., born November 7, 1885. Mrs. Talley was born in Gibson County, November 12, 1858, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. His mother is a Missionary Baptist. Mr. Talley is a Democrat; was formerly an old line Whig. He is the manager of the general supply store of the Henning plantation, and has charge of Dr. Henning’s financial affairs, being a correct and astute business man, and of strict integrity. The store is twelve miles northwest of Ripley, within a few miles of the Mississippi River.

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This family biography is one of 116 biographies included in the book,  The History of Lauderdale County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Lauderdale County was included within The History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties, Tennessee

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