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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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JAMES H. CARY, farmer of the Twelfth District and a son of Robert and Sarah (Blair) Cary, was born August 15, 1824, near his present residence. The father of our subject was born in Ireland in 1781, and was of Scotch-Irish descent. He was a weaver by occupation in his youth, and in later years devoted his attention to the cultivation of the soil. In 1798 he left his native country and came to the United States, landing at Charleston in February. He located in Chester District, S. C., where he was living at the time of his marriage, which occurred in 1807. In 1816 he immigrated to Lincoln County, and the following year settled on the Fayetteville and Pulaski road, six miles from Fayetteville, where he remained until his death, in 1869. He was one of the early settlers of Lincoln County, and was an industrious, hard-working man. He was the father of four children: Margaret, born in 1817; Isabella, born in 1819 (wife of James I. Tate), John, born in 1821 (and died March 31, 1886, leaving a widow and five children, who now reside on the old homestead), and James H., our subject, who lives half a mile from the old home place with his sister Margaret, and both are single. They have been industrious, persevering and economical, and as a result own 473 acres of excellent land, and have a good home. Mr. Cary is a Republican in politics, and cast his first vote for Lewis Cass in 1848. Margaret is a member of the Reformed Presbyterian Church, and has been for the past thirty-six years. In 1862 James enlisted in Company I, Starne’s battalion, Forrest’s command. He fought in the battle of Spring Hill, and at the end of five months returned home.

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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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