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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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William Hamilton, dealer in grain and feed, is a Jefferson County Tennessean, born October 29, 1836; son of Joseph and Nancy (Martin) Hamilton, who were also born in Jefferson County, the former in 1796 and the latter in 1808. The paternal grandfather of our subject was also Joseph Hamilton, who was born in Rockbridge County, Va., and came to Tennessee about 1790, being one of the early pioneers. He and his son, Joseph, long held positions of public trust in Jefferson County. Our subject is the sixth of eleven children, and was raised on a farm and educated in the common schools. At the age of twenty-one he began doing for himself and farmed until the breaking out of the war. In 1861 he enlisted in Company G, Nineteenth Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army, and served four years and two days. After his return he carried on farming in Giles County, Tenn., until 1868, when he came to Obion County, where he has since made his home. He farmed the first two years, but since that time has resided in Union City, and has dealt in grain and feed. He has been quite successful, and in 1883 built his present two-story, brick warehouse which is 50x100 feet. He was married in 1870, to Miss M. E. Foute, of East Tennessee. She was born in 1853, and is the mother of three children: Nancy M., Joseph and Cassie F. Mr. Hamilton is a Democrat and a member of the K of H., and his wife is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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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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