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Below is a family biography included in The History of Giles County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  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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JACOB B. MORELL, farmer, was born in East Tennessee, in 1820, and is of German-Irish descent. His parents, Christian and Susan Morell, were natives of Virginia and Tennessee, respectively. They were married about 1812, and became the parents of six children: Elizabeth, John H., Jacob B., Samuel H., William and Christian. The father’s demise occurred in 1827, and the mother’s in 1859. Our subject received his education in the common schools of East Tennessee, and assisted his father in agricultural pursuits from early boyhood. He located in Giles County in 1842, and has been devoting considerable attention to milling. He is the proprietor of the Elk River Grist Mills, which are situated on Elk River, near Elkton. He has also 270 acres of good land, all improved. Mr. Morell has been a very successful man, financially, and all his property has been made by hard work and good management. January 16, 1844, he married Eleanor P. Phelps, and to this marriage were born an interesting family of eight children: Martha D., Allen P., Fredonia E., Emmett, Frances, Varina D., Pressley L. and Alice J. Mr. Morell is of Democratic principles, and is a man of sound judgment and good sense.

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This family biography is one of 95 biographies included in The History of Giles County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Giles County was included within The History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin & Moore Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin , Moore Counties of Tennessee

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