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Below is a family biography included in The History of Sumner 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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Maj. W. S. Munday, attorney at law at Gallatin, is a native of Albemarle County, Va., and first saw the light of day in 1827. He is the son of Walker B. and Patsey (Smith) Munday. The father was born about 1807, was of English descent, living in Virginia at the time of his marriage. About 1829 he immigrated to Sumner County, Tenn., but the last thirty years of his life were passed in Kentucky. He died in 1876. His father was a drum major in the Revolutionary war. Mrs. Patsey Munday was born in Virginia and was also of English descent; she died in 1879. They had nine children, our subject being the eldest. He came to Sumner County, when a small lad and received his education in the common schools of that county. At the age of sixteen he was elected clerk of the county court and served eight years giving universal satisfaction. He was the youngest man ever elected to any county office in Sumner County. When twenty years of age he commenced the study of law, Judge John J. White being his preceptor. He began practicing in Nashville, with Hon. McMurry as partner, but at the end of one year, not being satisfied with the location, returned to Gallatin where he has since resided. In 1857 and 1858 he was senator for Sumner and Smith Counties. Previous to this in 1852 he married Miss Almira Turner, a native of Gallatin, and the daughter of Capt. John G. Turner. One child blessed this union named William O. In November, 1861, he was commissioned by Geo. Harris to muster State troops, and succeeded so well that he was afterward appointed to the rank of major in the commissary department, with orders to report to Brig.-Gen. Daniel S. Donelson in northwest Virginia. In 1863 Donelson died, and Maj. Munday was appointed as chief of subsistence of the purchasing bureau in the State of Tennessee, which position he held until peace was declared. June, 1865, he returned home after four years’ absence. Maj. Munday is one of the oldest practicing attorneys in Gallatin, and is one of the leading lawyers of the Sumner County bar. He has a fine library, one of the best in Gallatin; is a member of the I. O. O. F., Lodge No. 13. In 1862 he lost his wife, she being about twenty-two years of age. In 1866 he married Virginia James who died in 1877, and in 1881 he married Mary K. Thompson, a native of Rutherford County, and a member of the Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 115 biographies included in The History of Sumner County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Sumner County was included within The History of Sumner, Smith, Macon & Trousdale Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Sumner, Smith, Macon and Trousdale Counties of Tennessee

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