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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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William A. Moser was born in that part of Jefferson County now embraced in Hamblen County, at the mouth of Long Creek, on Nollichucky River, on December 15, 1833, and is the son of John W. and Ann (Dunwiddie) Moser. The father was born near where our subject was born, in about 1807, and is the son of Philip Moser, who was a Virginian, and immigrated to Tennessee in the early days of the history of the State. The father is a millwright by vocation, though for a number of years he has been farming, and is now one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Hamblen County. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and is an upright and worthy citizen. The mother was born in Greene County, Tenn., and died when our subject was but two or three years of age. Our subject was reared on the farm, and acquired a practical education in the common schools of Jefferson and Greene Counties. He worked on the farm, and with his father at the millwright trade, in his younger days, but most of his life has been spent on the farm. He removed to his present farm, on Holston River, in about 1867, and has remained there up to the present time, and owns and cultivates about 300 acres of fine farming land. He is a public-spirited, broad and liberal in his views, and always encourages enterprise of a worthy nature, which will tend to improve the rising generation, and has always taken an interest in the advancement of education and the building up of public schools, and is now, and has been for several years, school commissioner of his district. He was united in marriage November 22, 1865, to J. A. Hayworth, who was born March 7, 1835, and is the daughter of Richard and Mary Ann (Lyle) Hayworth, the former of whom, was born on March 5, 1794, and died February 3, 1875; and the latter was born June 6, 1800, and died December 13, 1883. To the union of our subject and wife four children have been born, as follows: John R., born February 25, 1867; Hugh Jarnagin, born April 13, 1869; Lilly Antoinette, born January 5, 1873, and died January 5, 1874, and William Henry, born September 13, 1876. Both our subject and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.

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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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