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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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WILLIAM J. LANDESS, farmer and tanner of the Sixth District, was born October 9, 1852, in Lincoln County, Tenn. The father of our subject, John Landess, was born in Kentucky November 11, 1799, and was of Dutch extraction. He acquired a good business education and was a tanner by occupation. He located in the Sixth District, where he soon established a lucrative business. April 5, 1831, he married Mary H. Stone, and became the father of eleven children, ten of whom are living, our subject being one of them. The father died September 11, 1876, and the mother is still living on the old home-place. Our subject received his education principally at the Oak Hill School, taking, quite a thorough course in the languages. November 28, 1878, he led to the altar May Boone a native of Lincoln County, born February 8, 1856, and the daughter of Capt. Nathan and Orpha Boone. This union resulted in the birth of three children, two of whom are living: John B., and Alberta K. Mr. Landess is now residing on the old home-place where he was born. He is the owner of 300 acres of good land, well cultivated, and succeeded his father in the tannery business, in which he has been quite successful. He is a Democrat in politics, casting his first vote for S. J. Tilden. He and wife are members of the Primitive Baptist Church. Mrs. Landess was educated at the Female Institute at Winchester.

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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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