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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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JOHN HAMILTON, a native of Moore County, was born April 19, 1825, and is a son of William and Rachel Hamilton, natives, respectively, of South Carolina and East Tennessee. The father, when a young man, went to Tennessee, where he was married, and soon came to this part of the State. He was a farmer by occupation, and owned about 300 acres in what is now Moore County. He died in 1873. The subject of this sketch was reared on the farm, and secured a fair education in the district schools near Lynchburg. In 1847 he married Ann, daughter of Preston and Nellie Midkiff. Mrs. Hamilton was born in Moore County, in June, 1826, and by her marriage became the mother of four children: John, Nancy, James and Susan. Mr. Hamilton, after moving around for some time, bought 100 acres of land, where he located, and where he has since resided. He now owns 738 acres of valuable land. He has always been a hard-working, industrious man, and has been quite successful in his occupation. In 1857 he bought a mill, and has done considerable business, both in grinding grain and sawing lumber. He is a Democrat in politics, and Mrs. Hamilton is a member of the Lutheran Church.

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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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