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Below is a family biography included in The History of Moore 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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J. L. BRYANT & CO. This firm is now composed of H. B. Morgan and J. W. Motlow. It was first established in 1872 by J. L. Bryant (now deceased) and H. B. Morgan. J. L. Bryant had himself been in business in Lynchburg since 1866. He was born September 25, 1884, in Lincoln County, and was reared in West Tennessee, and when a young man returned to Moore County, and on August 24, 1845, married Finetta B. Leftwich, and engaged in merchandising at Charity, in this county, continuing in mercantile pursuit until his death. In 1865 he was at Shelbyville, and removed from there to Lynchburg. He was also an extensive farmer and stock trader. He was drowned April 5, 1883, at Shelbyville. He was a very popular man, and was identified with the social and public interests, and was one of the most successful business men of Moore County. There now survives him a family of two daughters and his widow. H. B. Morgan was born October 14, 1842, in Lincoln County, Tenn., being a son of W. A. and Mary (Davidson) Morgan, both now living near Montgomery, Ala. Young Morgan remained on the farm until 1861, when he enlisted with the “boys in gray” and served till the battle of Franklin, in 1864, in which he lost an arm. He returned home in June, 1865, and farmed for one year. He then became deputy sheriff of Lincoln County, holding that office four years, and was then elected sheriff for four years. In 1872 he entered the above named firm, and has been very successful. He was married in 1868 to Mrs. Mary J. Reece, nee Bryant, daughter of J. L. Bryant To this union one daughter has been born-Jessie B. Mrs. Morgan was the mother of one daughter by her former marriage-Johnnie Reece. Mr. Morgan is a public spirited citizen of the county, and is highly respected. J. W. Motlow was born in Lynchburg November 17, 1851, being a son of John T. and Finetta B. (Broadway) Motlow who reside near Lynchburg. He was reared on a farm, and at the age of twenty-one began farming for himself, which he continued until 1882, when he entered the firm of J. L. Bryant & Co He was married, January 1, 1880, to Miss Willie Alice Bryant, daughter of J. L. Bryant, the result of this union being one daughter-Aetna. Mr. Motlow is a Democrat in politics and is an enterprising citizen of Lynchburg.

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This family biography is one of 22 biographies included in The History of Moore County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Moore 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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