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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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Capt. T. B. Moffat, general merchant and ex-Confederate soldier, was born in Chester District, S. C., August 4, 1835, son of William F. and Jane (McDill) Moffat, and is of Scotch-Irish descent. His parents were born in South Carolina, both about 1799. The father died in his native State and the mother at Troy, Obion Co., Tenn. At about the age of thirteen years our subject began clerking in a store, and in 1858 came to Troy, Tenn., and engaged in the mercantile business, which he continued with success up to 1861, when he joined Company A, Forty-seventh Tennessee, as orderly sergeant. He was commissioned second lieutenant in 1862, first lieutenant in 1863 and captain in 1864. He was in many important and hotly contested battles, and was one of the true soldiers of the Confederate Army. While in the front of the column at the battle of Franklin, November 30, 1864, he was wounded by a minie-ball, and lost his right arm. He came home in the spring of 1865, and the following year removed to Rives and resumed mercantile pursuits, and is one of the thorough business men of the county and a true gentleman. In 1861 he married N. A. Hamilton, who was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in 1843, and seven children have blessed their union: Mary I., Anna H., Luther G., William M., Robert, Walter and Greer. Capt. Moffat is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church.

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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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