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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gibson 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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David Griffin, junior member of the firm of Wade & Griffin, manufacturers of staves, is a son of Hampton and Jane (Ezell) Griffin, who were born, reared and married in Virginia. They came to Tennessee in 1860 and located in Gibson County, where the father followed farming for a livelihood. He was a Democrat and was captain of a company of State militia. He died in 1879 and his wife in 1881. Our subject is one of their twelve children. He was born March 25, 1838, in Halifax County, Va. He was reared on a farm and his early education was sadly neglected. He assisted his parents on the farm until he attained his majority. He started in life a farmer, and in connection therewith has worked at the carpenter’s and wagon-maker’s trade. He managed a cotton-gin for about ten years and for two years has been engaged in the manufacture of staves. In 1859 he was united in marriage to Frances Pool, who bore him eight children, seven of whom are living. Mr. and Mrs. Griffin and three of the children are members of the Methodist Church. He is a Democrat in his political views and is the owner of ninety-six acres of land, and owns a half interest in the stave factory.

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This family biography is one of 242 biographies included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Gibson 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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