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Below is a family biography included in The History of Perry County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  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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Benjamin C. Kittrell, farmer and merchant, of Farmers Valley, Tenn., was born on the 24th of February, 1832, in Hickman County. Previous to his twenty-first birthday, he resided and assisted his father on the home farm, but after that period he began doing for himself. He taught school until the war, when he enlisted in the First Tennessee Confederate Cavalry, and served faithfully and well until the close of the war. Since that time he has farmed, and is the owner of 500 acres of good land, on which are several old Indian mounds. In November, 1860, he and Martha J. Dowdy united their fortunes, and ten children have been born to their union, nine of whom are still living. Mr. Kittrell and family are members of the Christian Church, and he is a member of the F. & A. M. His father, George Kittrell, was born in North Carolina in 1797, and came to Tennessee in 1807, and after residing in Williamson County a short time, moved to Lewis County previous to the war of 1812. He served in the conflict under Gen. Jackson. He married Betsey Ruther ford (our subject’s mother), of Sumner County, Tenn., and they came to Perry County in 1858, locating at Farmers Valley. The mother died in Maury County, in 1865, and Mr. Kittrell then sold his farm and went also to Maury County, where he died in 1868.

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This family biography is one of 46 biographies included in The History of Perry County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Perry County was included within The History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman & Lewis Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Lewis Counties of Tennessee

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