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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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Matthew F. Carrell is the sixth of twelve children born to the marriage of Stephen A. and Mary Frances (Stribling) Carrell, and is of Irish descent. He was born at Lawrenceburg October 3, 1853, and there acquired his education in Jackson Academy. In early life he was a school teacher, but has followed farming as his chief occupation. He was married, March 4, 1879, to Julia A. Simms, daughter of Paris L. and Mary E. (McGlamry) Simms. The father was a farmer of the Tenth District and the father of twelve children. Mrs. Carrell was born May 22, 1863, in Lawrence County, and is the mother of two children: Mary L., born in 1880, and Paris A., born in 1882. Mr. Carrell is a Democrat and a man of intelligence and liberality. His farm of 160 acres is devoted to the production of the cereals principally, but stock and cotton are also raised. His father was born in Lawrence County and is one of its wealthy farmers, being the owner of six farms, which amount to about 3,000 acres. He has served in official capacities nearly all his life, and has been clerk of the county court for thirteen years, and judge of the same. He was a representative in the State Legislature in 1853, and is one of the highly respected and honored citizens of the county. The mother was born in Lawrence County, and, although in her sixty-third year, enjoys remarkably good health.

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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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