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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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J. L. Moultrie was born in North Carolina September 29, 1816, and is a son of William Moultrie, who was also born in North Carolina in 1787, and died in Obion County, Tenn., in 1842. His wife, Unica Batcher, was born about 1792 in North Carolina, and came to Tennessee in 1835, and in 1836 came to Obion County. J. L. Moultrie was reared on his father’s farm and worked on the same until he was twenty-one years of age, when he began following the same business for himself. He also ran a fishery at Reelfoot Lake for a number of years, and made the business quite a success. In October, 1875, he engaged in the general mercantile business, and has continued the same up to the present time. April 28, 1838, he married Louisa Barker, of Tennessee, daughter of Allen Barker. This union resulted in the birth of six children. Mrs. Moultrie died February 25, 1853, and Mr. Moultrie then married Mrs. Nancy (Hampton) Cashion, who died in October, 1854. He married his third wife, Harriett Watson, December, 1854. They have four children. This wife died in 1864, and he took for his fourth companion Mrs. Rebecca Miller, nee Summers, with whom he is still living. Mr. Moultrie is a self-made man, and is a man of influence where he resides, and has been quite successful in his business transactions through life. He was elected to the office of magistrate in 1848, and served twelve years. He has also been county trustee six years since the war, and, as his father died insolvent, he took the responsibility of paying his debts, and has done so, and is now worth about $15,000. He is a Democrat, but up to the date of the late war was an old line Whig.

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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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