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Below is a sample of a family biography included in the Lincoln County, Tennessee portion of the History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin, and Moore Counties, Tennessee published by Goodspeed in 1886.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details in 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.

WILLIAM H. ASHBY, farmer, is a son of Halifax and Eliza Jane (Hall) Ashby and was born in Lincoln County, May 28, 1830. He was one of a family of eleven children ten of whom are living. The grandfather, also named Halifax, was born in England, immigrated to North Carolina, where he reared his family. Our subjectís father was born in North Carolina, in March, 1807, and received his education in the schools in the vicinity. He was married in 1829, and followed agricultural pursuits, owning at the time of his death, which occurred in October, 1873, 250 acres of good productive land. The mother of our subject was born in North Carolina in May, 1808, and died in March, 1876. William, our subject, received his education in the common schools, and November 2, 1852 was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Ramsey. This union resulted in the birth of nine children, seven of whom are living: Benjamin A., Sallie J. (wife of L H Wiley) James H., Felix B., Tinnie, Mary E. (wife of William Pylant) and Willie E. Mr. Ashby now owns 300 acres of valuable land and is in good circumstances. June 30, 1866, Mrs. Ashby died, and in August, 1868, Mr. Ashby wedded Ellen E. Wadley, a native of Tennessee, born March 9, 1840, and a daughter of J. B. and Matilda Wadley. To Mr. and Mrs. Ashby were born five children: John M., David W., Susan C., Eliza D. and Ida May. Mr. Ashby is a life-long Democrat and was formerly a member of the I. O. O. F. He and wife are leading members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

This family biography is one of 337 biographies included in the History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin, and Moore Counties, Tennessee published in 1886.  For the complete description, click here: History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin, and Moore Counties, Tennessee

Additional family biographies from the History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin, and Moore Counties, Tennessee can be viewed here:  

Franklin County, Tennessee Biographies

Giles County, Tennessee Biographies

Lincoln County, Tennessee Biographies

Moore County, Tennessee Biographies


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