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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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Thomas H. Latimer was born in Sumner County, Tenn., on the 4th of January, 1844, and is one of six surviving members of a family of eleven children born to John and Harriet (Underwood) Latimer, who were born, reared and married in the same county and State in which our subject was born. In 1850 they came to Obion County and located on part of our subject’s present farm near Union City. Here they died in 1880 and 1881, father and mother respectively. Our subject remained with his parents until the commencement of the war, when he enlisted in the Thirty-third Tennessee Infantry, remaining with the same until he was captured at Missionary Ridge, whence he was taken to Rock Island, Ill., and retained until near the time of the general surrender. In 1871 he married Sarah J. Joyner, who was born in Sumner County, Tenn. She is a daughter of Binum and Tinin Joyner, who are both deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Latimer nine children were born, seven of whom are living—two daughters and five sons. In 1882 Mr. Latimer came into possession of his present farm of 230 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Latimer are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and he is a member of the F. & A. M.

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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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