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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Tipton 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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J. B. Hamilton, merchant of Covington, Tenn., was born near that city in 1843, and in now the only surviving child of James K. and Keron H. (Baker) Hamilton. The father was born in Pennsylvania in 1791, and came to Tipton County about 1820, being among the first settlers of that county, and he and his partner, R. W. Sanford, were the first merchants to do business in Covington. He also taught the first school in the place was afterward a farmer and a prominent citizen of the county. He was a man of fine education, and of good moral principles. The mother of our subject was born in West Tennessee about 1800, and departed this life in 1845. Our subject received his education under his father and at the Covington Male High School. In May, 1861, he enlisted in Company I, Twelfth Tennessee Infantry, and was in many battles and skirmishes. He was never captured, and his wounds consisted of a loss of one finger. In the winter of 1808 be engaged in the mercantile business for himself, having acted as clerk for some time previous to that. In 1867 he married Miss Annie L. Fisher, a native of Covington Tenn., born about 1850, and departed this life September, 1885. She was the daughter of Dr. C. G. and Elizabeth V. Fisher. To our subject and wife were born three children: Virgie D., Miss Charley Sue and Lilly H. Mr. Hamilton is a stanch Democrat in politics, a member of the I. O. O. F. and K. of H.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in the book,  The History of Tipton County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Tipton County was included within The History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties, Tennessee

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