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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sumner 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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M. J. Hassell, farmer and stock dealer in District No. 8, Sumner County, was born in February, 1827, in that county. He is one of five children of Jennett and Jane (Pervine) Hassell. The father, of Scotch origin, was born in Chowan County, N. C., in 1789, and came to Sumner County when a boy and began farming. He was in the Creek war under Gen. Jackson, and died in 1868. The mother was born near Gallatin, Tenn., in 1780, and died in 1866. Besides the ordinary common-school course our subject attended Lebanon University. When twenty-one years of age he began farming in Sumner County. In 1848 he married Ann E., daughter of Bright B. and Sallie Harris, and born in Sumner County in August, 1828. Their six children are Eliza M.; Mattie J., wife of William K. Walton, Gallatin, Tenn.; Jennett B., farming; Isaac W., lawyer in Springfield, Mo.; Charles G., farmer, and Tyry H., merchant and physician. Mr. Hassell is a Democrat; since 1882, justice of the peace, and since 1880, poorhouse commissioner. He is a member of the F. & A. M. order, and he, his wife, Isaac, Eliza and Mattie are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He is a member of the church in which the first Methodist Episcopal conference there was held, under Bishop Asbury. The deserted old church is now a barn on his farm.

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This family biography is one of 115 biographies included in The History of Sumner County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Sumner County was included within The History of Sumner, Smith, Macon & Trousdale Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Sumner, Smith, Macon and Trousdale Counties of Tennessee

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