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Below is a family biography included in The History of Warren 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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Robert Keaton, a resident of the Fifteenth Civil District of Warren County, was born near Liberty, Wilson Co., Tenn., December 25, 1830, and is the son of William and Susan (Hollandsworth) Keaton. The father was born near Richmond, Va., and the dates of his birth and death are unknown. He came to Wilson County, Tenn., after his marriage and remained in that county until his death. He was a farmer by occupation, a member of the Baptist Church, and a Whig in politics. The mother was a consistent member of the Baptist Church, and died in 1867. Our subject was the ninth of ten children; at the age of eighteen he left the parental roof and went to Mississippi, where he remained two years; he then came back to Wilson County, where his mother was living, and August 30, 1852, he married Miss Louisa Reider, who was born May 24, 1833, and who died April 1, 1862. To them were born five children, three of whom are living, viz.: Sarah A., Harriett A. and Mary M. Those deceased are William T., born June 1, 1853, and died March 1, 1856. Phoeba P. died in infancy. Mr. Keaton remained in Wilson County until 1855, when he came to Warren County, settled on his present location and engaged in farming. In 1864 he married Miss L. M. Wilson, a native of Wilson County, born May 24, 1843, a member of the Baptist Church, and the daughter of Allen and Elizabeth Wilson. In 1869 Mr. Keaton began preaching the gospel in the Missionary Baptist Church, which he continues to the present day. His last marriage resulted in the birth of four children, three of whom are living: Charles L., Parthenia C., Allen D., and one died in infancy. Mr. Keaton is well known and very much respected throughout the county.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in The History of Warren County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Warren County was included within The History of Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Warren & White Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Warren, White Counties of Tennessee

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