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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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William C. Pharr, a North Carolinian, was born in Moore County, August 12, 1850; son of Augustus B. and Jane L. (Hancock) Pharr, who were born in Cabarrus and Moore Counties, N. C., in 1821 and 1825 respectively. The father was a lieutenant in the Mexican war. His death took place in 1859, while making a visit to the old homestead in North Carolina. His wife died the same year. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Hon. Roland Pharr, a North Carolinian, who at one time was a member of the State Legislature. He died in his native State. Our subject was educated in the schools of Concord, N. C., and came with his people to Tennessee in 1854, locating in McNairy County. In 1866 William C. came to Kenton and entered the employ of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad, as agent at Kenton, continuing until 1884. He was train dispatcher at Mobile, Ala., for some time, and served the company in different capacities and in different places, being a competent railway man. For some years he has been engaged in the real estate business and is meeting with good success. In 1872 he married Miss Belle Wade, of Obion County, daughter of W. B. Wade. She was born in Gibson County, June 29, 1853, and is the mother of three children: Ella, Maggie B., and Augustus W. Mr. Pharr is a Democrat, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Pharr was the first mayor of Kenton and served in that capacity for six years. He is a man of splendid general information and one of the best citizens of Kenton.

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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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