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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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H. D. A. THOMAS first saw the light of day in Lincoln County, Tenn., January 7, 1824, being one of twelve children. William Thomas was of English birth, born in Kentucky, about 1789 and was a resident of Lincoln County, Tenn., at the time of his death, October 1, 1872. He was a teacher by profession, and served in the war of 1812, and was married, about 1814, to Rebecca Lyon, who was born in North Carolina in 1794, and died in 1868. The subject of this memoir was reared at home and educated in the common schools, and after attaining his majority began carving out his own fortune, but continued to reside with his parents until thirty-four years of age. After his marriage to Lyntha Millard, in 1858, he purchased his present farm of 250 acres. His wife was born September 3, 1829, daughter of William and Mary (Wade) Millard, and has borne the following children: Mary J. (Mrs. Thomas Bryant), Rebecca (Mrs. R. L. Moore), Elizabeth, Cora E. and Marcus. Our subject has given his children good educational advantages, and is considered one of the honorable and public-spirited men of the county. He is a Democrat, and was opposed to secession during the late war, although he assisted in the Confederate Army. He is a Mason and K. of H., and he and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. They have in their possession a Bible that was printed in 1655, that is supposed to have been printed in England and descended through her father and grandfather to Mrs. Thomas.

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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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