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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lincoln 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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E. T. THOMAS was born in Lincoln County March 1, 1819, son of William and Rebecca (Lyon) Thomas. (See sketch of H. D. A. Thomas for parents’ biography.) He attended the country schools near his home in youth, and for two years after his marriage resided on the old home place. In 1843 he married Jane Moore, daughter of John and Esther (Harkins) Moore. She was born in 1823 and died in 1883, having borne eleven children, seven of whom are living: Esther (Mrs. H. C. McKinzie), Albert, Rebecca (Mrs. J. S. Smiley), William, Josie (Mrs. P. H. Smith), Nannie (Mrs. J. T. Holland), Mary (Mrs. James Poindexter). Mr. Thomas has given considerable land to his children, but still owns 270 acres, all of which he made by his own indomitable energy. He is conservative in politics, and cast his first presidential vote for W. H. Harrison. He is a Mason. For his second wife he took Mrs. Elizabeth Beasley, widow of Daniel Beasley, who died in the army in 1862. She reared and educated three children: Clemmey (Mrs. Cyrus Cathey), Bailie (wife of Prof. Douglas Allen) and John F. (a Methodist Episcopal minister). Mrs. Thomas is the daughter of Rev. Felix and Ann McGaw.

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This family biography is one of 137 biographies included in The History of Lincoln County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lincoln County was included within The History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin & Moore Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin , Moore Counties of Tennessee

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