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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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James M. Lumpkin is the eldest of eight children, and was born on Knob Creek April 26, 1837, son of William H. Lumpkin, who was born in North Carolina in 1811, and came to Tennessee when a young man. Here he married Eliza Smith and reared his family. He breathed his last at the old homestead when about sixty-six years of age. The mother was born September 24, 1816, and is still living. James M. received his early education in the common schools and has made farming his chief calling through life. He served in the Ninth Tennessee Cavalry under Col. Biffle, Confederate States Army, in the late war, and was in many skirmishes. He took the oath of allegiance at Columbia just before the close of the war. He has been married three times, and had three children by his first wife, Sarah M. Springer. Their names are Sarah C., James F. and William S. Mrs. Lumpkin died in 1865. His second wife, Eliza C. Belew, who died March 16, 1873, bore the following four children: Telie A., Mollie L., Anna E. and Robert Lee. Margaret L., Katie Jane, Louis N., John C. (deceased), Charles and Richard Earl are the children of his third wife, Malinda C. Kelley, who was born in Georgia January 24, 1853. Mr. Lumpkin is rather independent in politics, but leans toward the Democratic party. He owns 100 acres of good land and is a member of the Masonic fraternity. He and wife are worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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This family biography is one of 79 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lawrence County was included within The History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman & Lewis Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Lewis Counties of Tennessee

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