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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. M. Morris is the fourth of ten children born to William B. and Harriett B. (Morris) Morris, who were natives of Virginia. The former was reared in his native State, and was married in Rutherford County, Tenn. He removed to Obion County in 1838, where he remained about ten years, and then moved to Fulton County, Ky., where he resided the rest of his life, and died November 12, 1854. The mother died in Obion County, August 2, 1877. Our subject was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., February 16, 1832, and received a limited early education. He has made farming his chief calling through life, and now owns 330 acres of land, on which is erected a beautiful residence, furnished with many modern appliances. Mr. Morris began farming on his own account at the age of twenty-four. He was married in Obion County, February 14, 1859, to Mary A. Ligon, daughter of Henry A. Ligon. They have three children: Willie C. (Mrs. S. McCall), Napoleon B. and Charles L. Mrs. Morris was born in Virginia, May 1, 1844. She and Mr. Morris are members of the Christian Church, and he is a stanch Democrat in politics.

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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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