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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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G. J. Ramsey, M. D., was born in Gibson County on the 14th of December, 1841. His father, W. F. Ramsey, was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., in 1809, and was married to Nancy J. Knox, who was born in the same year, and by her became the father of twelve children. They both died in Gibson County, the former in 1883 and the latter in 1882. Dr. Ramsey is the fifth of his father’s family. He attended the common schools in his boyhood days, and in 1861 enlisted in Company B, Twelfth Tennessee Infantry, and served about two years. He was wounded at Murfreesboro and discharged in 1863. He began the study of medicine at Trenton in the office of Dr. Baiges, and later attended lectures at the St. Louis Medical College. He resided for about one year near Trenton, and came to Kenton in 1867, and here has since resided and continued the practice of his profession. He is considered a prominent physician and is quite well-to-do in worldly goods, owning over 300 acres of valuable land. He is a Democrat, a member of the I. O. O. F., and in 1870 was married to Mary J. Welch, of Mississippi, who died in 1871, leaving one child—Nannie E. In 1873 Dr. Ramsey married Kate Potter, who was born in Maury County, Tenn., in 1851, and by her is the father of three children: Clinton, Mary and James. Dr. and Mrs. Ramsey 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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