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Below is a family biography included in The History of Fayette 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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William D. Munroe, a farmer of Hickory Withe, was born June 18, 1831, in Cumberland County, Va., and is one of three sons and three daughters born to David W. and Mahala C. (Dowdy) Munroe. Our subject, two brothers and a sister are the surviving members of this family. The father was born in Marlboro, Mass., March 22, 1798, and the mother in Cumberland County, Va., May 22, 1806, where they married and followed the tailor’s trade until December, 1836, when they came to Fayette County, located on the farm where our subject now resides and owns, and followed farming in connection with their trade, until the father died April 5, 1865. The mother is living with our subject. William D. Munroe remained at home until 1849, then went to Memphis and clerked for a year, then spent four years clerking near Somerville, and in the spring of 1850 bought a half interest in a stock of merchandise at Desha County, Ark., and when the war commenced moved the stock to Brownsville, Ark.; but his father’s death caused him to move to Tennessee to be with his mother, In 1862 Mr. Munroe entered the Confederate service, joining the Twelfth Tennessee Cavalry, and a year later was taken prisoner and held several months, was then released and returned home, where he has since remained, excepting three years spent in merchandising in Marshall County, Miss., and two years at Lone Oak, Ark. He owns thirty acres in the home tract, and 180 in another tract in Fayette County. Mr. Munroe has never married; his mother and sister live with him, and they all belong to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Politically he is a Democrat, and is an industrious, upright man.

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This family biography is one of 77 biographies included in The History of Fayette County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Fayette County was included within The History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties, Tennessee

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