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Below is a family biography included in The History of Wayne 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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Charles W. Shipman, sheriff, and native of Wayne County, Tenn., was born on the 17th of March, 1838. He was educated in the common schools of his native county, and in 1863 enlisted in the Federal Army, in the Second Tennessee Regiment of Mounted Infantry, as a private, but was soon commissioned first lieutenant, and was afterward made captain of Company D in the same regiment. After the final surrender he returned to Hardin County, and was elected sheriff of that county in 1866, and held the office two terms. In 1870 he moved to his farm on Indian Creek, where he followed agricultural pursuits until 1875. He then located at his present place of residence, where he owns 200 acres of land, 100 acres being well cultivated. Mr. Shipman started in life with no other capital than that bestowed upon him by nature, but has surmounted many hardships and difficulties, and is now well-to-do in worldly goods. In 1880 he was elected trustee of Wayne County, and held the office until 1884, when he was elected county sheriff, and yet holds the office. He is a stanch Republican in his political views, and belongs to the K. of H. and F. & A. M. fraternities. Jane E. Arrendell became his wife January 17, 1867, and the following family of children were born to them: William H., Henry T., Eddie, Jesse T., Ida E., Ola M., Charles and Pantha U. Mrs. Shipman’s parents were Erastus and Mary Arrendell, and our subject’s parents were Edward and Elizabeth (Thompson) Shipman.

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This family biography is one of 76 biographies included in The History of Wayne County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lawrence 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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