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Below is a family biography included in The History of Weakley 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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G. W. Rowlett, a leading farmer of the Eighteenth District, is a native of Virginia, was born in 1836, and is the son of Archibald and Rebecca Rowlett. His father was born in Prince Edward County, Va., in 1804, and came to Weakley County, in 1847, and locating in the Eighteenth District lived there until his death, which occurred in March, 1871. His mother was born in 1800, in the same State as her husband and died in 1859. Mr. Rowlett was reared at home, and acquired his education at the public schools, and was married in March, 1861, to Cornelia, daughter of Allen and Eliza Coulter, who was born in Haywood County, Tenn., in March, 1837. To them have been born eight children, as follows: G. W., J. A., Eliza (wife of A. F. Adams), G. A., O. D., W. H., Francis C. and C. F. After marriage, Mr. Rowlett, located on the farm where he now lives, continuing to live there all the time with the exception of one year spent in Florida, in which State he owns a farm of 160 acres, on which is a fine orange grove. He has always been an active and enterprising citizen, and has been quite successful in all his business transactions. He is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for Breckenridge.

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This family biography is one of 108 biographies included in The History of Weakley County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Weakley County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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