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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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Jacob A. Owen, farmer and citizen of the Second District, is a son of S. H. and Sarah. A. (Smith) Owen, was born in the Second District of Tipton County in 1843, and is one of five children, four living. The father was of Welsh ancestry, born in Rowan County, N. C., about 1814, was raised there and married Mary Miller. They had two children, both living. They moved to Tipton County and settled in the First District in 1830. Mrs. Owen died in 1834 and in 1839 he married Sarah Smith. Mr. Owen was a farmer and died in 1863. Our subject’s mother was born in North Carolina and died in 1862. Jacob Smith, her father, was one of the earliest settlers of Tipton County, having settled in it in 1823. Jacob Owen was raised and educated in the county. In 1862 he went to Springfield, Mo., and took charge of a government wagon train for three years, and in 1865 returned to Tipton County and resumed his farming. December 4, 1866, he married Nancy J., daughter of Leonard and Susan Smith; they had four children, one living, Leonard Franklin. Mr. Owen first located at his father’s homestead, and on his present farm in 1869. He owns 200 acres of fine land. Mr. Owen is a well informed, hard-working man. He was elected to fill an unexpired term as magistrate in 1881, and was re-elected in 1882, and still holds the office. Politically he is an independent Democrat. His first presidential vote was for Gen. McClellan, in 1864. Mr. Owen is an active Mason and, with his wife, belongs to the Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Owen was born in 1843, in Tipton County also, and they both stand well in the social and religious circles of their community.

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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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