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Below is a family biography included in The History of Cannon 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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L. L. Melton, an enterprising and prominent resident of the Tenth District, was born in Cannon County, in 1845. He was one of eleven children born to John and Catherine Melton. The parents are natives of North Carolina, and now reside in the Seventh District of Cannon County. The father was born in 1800. He is a farmer. The mother was born in 1804 The subject of our sketch received his education partly in the county schools and by private instruction. In 1859 he married Miss Pairlee, daughter of William Powell. By this union there are five children living. For many years our subject was successfully engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1884 he purchased a saw mill, and since then has done an extensive manufacturing business, and has also been engaged in merchandising with G. G. Melton. They have a liberal patronage. In August, 1879, Mr. Melton was elected magistrate, and has since held the office. He is a stanch Democrat and a Mason. He has always been an active and able business man, widely known and esteemed and ever interested in the improvement and welfare of the community. He and his wife are earnest members of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 9 biographies included in The History of Cannon County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Cannon 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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