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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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William Moore, clerk of the circuit and criminal courts, at Trenton, Tenn., was born in Gibson County, March 23, 1838, son of John M. and Sabrina (Yates) Moore, born respectively, in Virginia and North Carolina. Our subject’s grandfather, William Moore, came to Tennessee in 1810, locating first in Wilson County, and in 1825 in Gibson County, his son, John M., being but fifteen years old at the time. William was a wealthy and influential citizen of the county in his day. He died in 1847. John M. was raised and educated in Gibson County. Here he married and reared a family of four sons and six daughters, all of whom are living except one son and one daughter. He followed farming and surveying and assisted largely in surveying the county. He died in 1879, in his seventieth year. The mother still survives him. Our subject was educated in Gibson County, and attended Andrew College ten months. At the breaking out of the war, he enlisted as a private in Company F, Fourth Tennessee Confederate Infantry, and served in this capacity until the battle of Peach Tree Creek, Ga., July 22, 1864, when he was so severely wounded in the left leg that amputation was found to be necessary. He returned home and resumed the management of his farms. In 1870 he was elected clerk of the circuit court, and has served by re-election to the present time. February 8, 1877, he married Sarah E. McDearmon, of Gibson County. They have three children: Anna Mary, Allie Tarlton and John McDearmon. Mr. Moore has always been a Democrat. He is a K. of H. and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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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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