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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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Thomas W. Adams, general merchant, was born in McNairy County, Tenn., June 22, 1846, son of J. M. and Ann H. (Hamilton) Adams, and is of English-French lineage. His father was born in old Virginia, in 1806, and his mother in Lawrence County, Tenn., in 1822. The family came to Tennessee about 1835, and settled in McNairy County, where the father died. Jeremiah Adams was a Virginian, and a soldier in the war of 1812. He died in McNairy County, in 1844. Thomas W. Adams is the fourth of his father’s family of ten children, eight of whom are living. He received a common school education, and followed a farmer’s life until 1870, when he engaged in the grocery business in Humboldt, Gibson County, where he remained twelve years, and then came to Milan, Tenn., where he has since been one of its principal business men. He is a Democrat in politics, and his first presidential vote was cast for Seymour and Blair. October 25, 1882, he led to Hymen’s altar Miss Willie A. Walkins, who was born in Eddyville, Ky., in 1861, daughter of T. J. and Carrie Walkins. Mr. and Mrs. Adams are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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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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