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Below is a family biography included in The History of Dyer 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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Zachariah J. Milam, a prominent citizen and farmer, of the Eighth District, was the son of Stephen and Ellen (Pegram) Milam, and was born in Stewart County, Tenn., in 1823, and is one of nine children, six of whom are living, and all in Tennessee. The father was of English origin, born in North Carolina, in 1799. His grandfather, Rolen Milam, was a native of the same State, and moved to Tennessee, locating in Stewart County, when Stephen Milam was but a boy, and remained there until his death. Stephen was a farmer. After attaining his majority and receiving his education, in about 1820 he married Miss Ellen Pegram. He remained in Stewart County until 1834, when he sold his farm and moved to Henderson County, and in 1868 to Dyer County, where he died in 1873. Mrs. Milam was born in North Carolina, in 1803, and died in 1853. In 1868 Mr. Milam married Miss Eliza Ashland, who is still living. Zachariah J., our subject, had few educational advantages, but is a self-improved man. In January, 1846, he married Miss Nancy, daughter of Egbert and Catharine Williams, of Henderson County, and by their marriage had nine children, five of whom are living: John A., James H., M. D., Sophronia and Nettie T. Mr. Milam, by his energy and ability, soon acquired sufficient means to purchase a small farm; in 1869 he sold this, and moved to Dyer County, buying 308 acres of land in the Eighth District, where he has since resided, and increased it to 496 acres, seven miles southeast of Newbern, and is one of the leading farmers of his district. In politics he is a Democrat, casting his first vote for James K. Polk. Mr. and Mrs. Milam are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and are greatly esteemed in their neighborhood. Mrs. Milam was born in North Carolina, in 1827, her parents both being natives of that State.

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This family biography is one of 128 biographies included in The History of Dyer County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Dyer 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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