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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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John Robnett, a pioneer of Wayne County, Tenn., was born in the Palmetto State in 1804, and is a son of John and Margaret (Nesbitt) Robnett, natives of Delaware and South Carolina, respectively. They came to Tennessee in 1816, and were the second family that located in Wayne County. The father farmed until his death, which occurred about 1824. His wife died in 1819. The father took for his second wife a lady by the name of Farris, who died in 1831. John Robnett, our subject, resided with his step-mother two years after his father’s death, when he moved on his present farm of 1300 acres. In 1828 he married Nancy Staggs, daughter of Joseph and Fannie (Nesbitt) Staggs, and their union has been blessed in the birth of ten children: Joseph N., John, Cynthia P., Fannie, James, Margaret, Jane, Jeremiah, Neal S. and Ellender. Mr. Robnett is now eighty-two years old, but bids fair to live many years yet. He vividly remembers many incidents of pioneer life, and the hardships, with which the early settlers were obliged to contend, in the settlement of the county. In politics he is a stanch Republican, and furnished two sons for the Union Army. His wife is a member of the Christian Church.

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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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