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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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Milus F. Thomas is a Wilson County Tennessean, born January 22, 1827, the fourth of ten children of James and Isabella (Donnell) Thomas, and of Scotch-Irish descent. James Thomas was born in North Carolina, in 1795, and immigrated to Middle Tennessee with his parents when a small boy. He moved from Wilson to Dyer County, Tenn., in 1831, and after residing about twelve years in the last named place, moved to Obion County, and settled within one mile of the farm now occupied by our subject. He died at the residence of his son, Milus, in January, 1882. He was in the war of 1812, and afterward drew a pension for his services. His wife was born in North Carolina, in 1799, and died on the old homestead, in 1879. They were worthy members of the Christian and Cumberland Presbyterian Churches respectively. Milus F. Thomas was educated in the common schools, and has made farming his chief calling through life. He was married, in March, 1845, to Elizabeth E. Ward, daughter of Howell Ward, and five children have blessed their union: George D., Littleton H., James H., Mattie I. (Mrs. Henderson White) and Mary Etta. Mrs. Thomas was born in Carroll County, Tenn., January 23, 1823. Mr. Thomas is a Democrat, and has served as magistrate for ten years. He is a Mason, and he and family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In 1849 he came into possession of his farm of sixty-four acres, and devotes it to raising stock and cereals.

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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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