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Below is a family biography included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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Charles G. Thomas is a Weakley County Tennessean, born February 16, 1843; son of William G. and Elizabeth (Vincent) Thomas, and of English lineage. The father was born in the Blue-grass State, May 19, 1811, and came to Tennessee in 1829, locating in Weakley County, where he still resides. The mother was born in North Carolina, in 1812, and died at the homestead, in Weakley County, in August, 1863. Charles C. Thomas’ early days were spent on his father’s farm, and in attending the common schools. Having a predilection for farming, he has made that his chief calling through life, and owns 195 acres of good land, which he devotes to stock, cereals and tobacco. He joined the Confederate Army, serving in Company C, Seventh Kentucky Cavalry, under Col. Faulkner, and was at Shiloh, and in various skirmishes under Gen. Forrest. He had one brother killed at Franklin, and two brothers wounded at different battles. He was paroled at Gainesville, Ala., and was married January 9, 1867, to Martha A. Jones, who was born in Tennessee, October 12, 1849, daughter of William Jones, who was a prominent farmer, and represented his county in the State Legislature one term. He also served as magistrate of his district twenty-two years. To Mr. and Mrs. Thomas were born nine children: Nora Etta, William A., George M., Miranda E., Ora Ethna, Nina Nella, Lillian Love and Charley; and one daughter, Mary A., who died July 1, 1876. Mr. Thomas is a Democrat, also a Mason, and he and wife and two oldest children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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This family biography is one of 179 biographies included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Obion County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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