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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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W. H. Witt, another son of C. H. and Elizabeth (Hawn) Witt, was born in Jefferson County, Tenn., September 25, 1819. His education was limited, owing to the father’s straightened circumstances, and he was obliged to assist on the farm. At the age of nineteen he started out in life as a mechanic and followed that vocation twenty years. He married Margaret Arnold July 2, 1845. She was born in Perry County, Tenn., December 25, 1822, and bore her husband nine children, six of whom are living. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and died in 1865. Mr. Witt afterward married Mrs. H. M. Nowell in 1866. She was born in Madison County, Tenn., August 18, 1837, and belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Eight children were the results of this union; four survive. Mr. Witt is a Democrat, but does not take an active part in politics. He owns 262 acres of well improved land and is an esteemed citizen of Gibson County.

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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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