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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Tipton County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886.  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 N. Armstrong, a substantial citizen and farmer of Tipton County, was born in Gaston County, N. C., September 26, 1845, and is a son of Andrew J. and Mary J. (Robinson) Armstrong. The father is a farmer, and was born in North Carolina, December 11, 1819, and is still living; the mother was born in South Carolina, July 4, 1815. They were married October 10, 1844, and moved to Tipton County in 1852, settling near old Portersville, ten miles south of Covington. The father is a Democrat, and both parents’ strict members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. William N. was the oldest of four children; after completing his education, he commenced farming; he was but seven years old when his parents moved to Tipton County, and has since then made it his home, excepting one year (1867) that he spent in Arkansas. November 5, 1867, he married Miss Sarah T. Boyd, who was born in South Carolina, May 22, 1845; her parents moved to Tipton County, when she was a child, and settled ten miles south of Covington. Three children have been born to this marriage: Erastus O., born August 18, 1870; William L., born February 27, 1878; and Vera C., born October 10, 1879. Erastus died December 5, 1875; William L., died in infancy and Vera C., September 19, 1884. Mr. Armstrong has always been a Democrat; in August, 1882, he was elected magistrate in his district, and still fills the office. In 1871 he bought a farm, placed good improvements on it and moved to it the same year; he owns 280 acres of fertile land. Neither Mr. nor Mrs. Armstrong belong to any church, but prefer and attend the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is a man of fine principles, and well liked by all.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in the book,  The History of Tipton County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Tipton County was included within The History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties, Tennessee

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