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Below is a family biography included in The History of Wayne 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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James F. Meredith is also a son of Thomas Meredith, and was born in Wayne County in 1832. His early days were spent on his father’s farm, and at the age of twenty years he married Mary A. Grimes, who was born in Tennessee in 1836, daughter of Henry and Mary A. (Stockard) Grimes. To James and Mrs. Meredith were born the following family: Lydia A. M. F. (who died in 1868), Jane E. B., Alice E., James F. T., Ula A., Annie E. (who died in 1868) and Joseph L. In November, 1885, Mrs. Meredith died. In 1856 Mr. Meredith purchased and located on his present farm of 900 acres on Buffalo River. Besides this he owns 1,600 acres partially improved, on the north side of that river. At the beginning of the late war he enlisted in the Confederate service, but did not take an active part until 1862, when he enlisted in Biffle’s regiment, but owing to sickness could serve only a few months. He then returned home, and has since farmed, being very successful in that calling. He has always been a stanch Democrat in politics.

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This family biography is one of 76 biographies included in The History of Wayne County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lawrence County was included within The History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman & Lewis Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Lewis Counties of Tennessee

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