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Below is a family biography included in The History of East 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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Samuel I. Newman (deceased) was born near his present home near Mossy Creek November 18, 1809, the son of Garrett and Margaret (Campbell) Newman. The father was born in Guilford County, N. C, November 16, 1782, and came to Tennessee in his boyhood, and became a prominent farmer of Jefferson County, and died in 1832. The mother was born in Virginia, in 1777, the daughter of Andrew Campbell, a Virginian, and one of the pioneers of East Tennessee, on the “Chuckey” River waters. Isaac, the grandfather, a native of North Carolina, was one of the pioneers of Mossy Creek, so that our subject is a survivor of one of the oldest and most prominent families of East Tennessee, and was reared on the farm and gained a practical education. After his seventeenth year, for about twenty years, he was a brick-mason, and built the old Newman Female College in Mossy Creek. For the last thirty-five or forty years, before his death, he had been interested, most successfully, in farming. He was an active and regular member of the East Tennessee Farmers’ Convention, and was generally esteemed as a Christian gentleman. He was a Baptist. January 1, 1831, he married Mary Ann, a daughter of Austin Elmore, a prominent citizen of his day, and native of North Carolina. She was born January 27, 1809, in this county. Nine of their twelve children are living. Our subject’s death occurred June 24, 1887.

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This family biography is one of 938 biographies included in The History of East Tennessee published in 1887.  For the complete description, click here: History of East Tennessee

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