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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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JOSHUA MORRIS is a son of Isaac Morris who was born in Delaware, June 29, 1766, and died July 16, 1856. He moved to North Carolina shortly after the Revolutionary war. Our subject’s mother, Susanna Tacker, was born in Maryland in 1770, and died in 1840. Joshua Morris was born in North Carolina December 1, 1807 and is one of the old and leading citizens of Giles County. He was deprived the benefits of school, but gave himself a fair education, At the age of twenty he began life for himself, and a year later was married to Mary S. Tarkington, who bore him one child, named Isaac G. L., who died in 1853. Mary (Tarkington) Morris was born February 12, 1812, and died August 31, 1843. Our subject fought in the Florida Indian war and was faithful to his duties. He has held different county offices but is a farmer by occupation. By industry and perseverance he has accumulated considerable property, having at the present time 2,665 acres of land and all but 700 acres under fence, 500 acres of this land contain fine timber, such as oak, poplar and chestnut. He has twenty-seven tenants on his land, and has several tenement houses unoccupied. He has been a stock-raiser and was always successful; in fact, his every effort has been crowned with success. During the late war he was captain of a company for a short time. He is a Democrat in politics, and cast his first vote for Andrew Jackson. He has on his home farm, located on Big Creek, a cotton-gin and a grist-mill. He has living with him six great-grandchildren, which compose the entire family.

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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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