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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gibson 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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John T. Nethery, M. D., is a McNairy County Tennessean, born in 1852, son of Samuel and A. J. (Gittens) Nethery, who were born in Tennessee. The father was a tanner by trade, but followed farming and merchandising for a living. His wife died in 1883, but he is yet living in McNairy County. Their two daughters died, and of their six sons two are practicing physicians. Dr. Nethery was educated in Purdy College, of McNairy County, and made his home with his father until thirty-two years of age. He began studying medicine at the age of twenty, and attended the medical department of the Louisville (Ky.) University during the sessions of 1872-73. Later he attended the sessions of 1875-76, and graduated in the latter year. After practicing two years in Pocahontas, Tenn., he moved to Glendale, Miss., where he farmed in connection with his practice. He lost about $2,000 in one year, and after returning to Tennessee and residing a short time in Pocahontas, he located on the old homestead, and practiced his profession two years in partnership with his brother. He has since resided in Yorkville, where he has a large and lucrative practice. He is a Democrat and belongs to the I. O. O. F. In 1876 he married Miss Carouth, daughter of Aquilla and Emma (Robertson) Carouth. She was born in Tennessee in 1858, and is the mother of three children. The Doctor and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Our subject’s great-grandfather, Nethery, was born in Ireland, and came to Virginia, thence to Tennessee, where he died, leaving quite a family of children who are now worthy citizens of the State. His maternal ancestors are also from Ireland.

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This family biography is one of 242 biographies included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Gibson 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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