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Below is a family biography included in The History of Obion County, 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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Andrew J. Nelms, farmer, was born September 8, 1833, in Obion County, Tenn., and is a son of William and Anna (Sykes) Nelms. The father was born in Northumberland County, Va., in 1775, and the mother in North Carolina. They were married in the latter State, and moved to Davidson County, Tenn., where they remained until 1821, then came to Obion County, locating four miles east of Troy, there being but three families, at that time, in the county. The father died in 1851, and the mother in 1855. To them were born nine children, four of whom lived. They resided on the farm after their parents’ death, and at the commencement of the war, Andrew J. enlisted in the Forty-seventh Tennessee Infantry, and served until February, 1863, when he returned home, and married Eliza Whitesides in November of that year, and has since followed agricultural pursuits. He owns a farm of 416 acres, near the old homestead. He and wife are the parents of eight children: William J. (deceased), James H., Margaret Ann, Thomas M., Nancy Ann, (deceased), Elizabeth, Belle and Andrew J.

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This family biography is one of 179 biographies included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Obion County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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