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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Hardeman 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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Bartley H. Moss, a prominent citizen and well-to-do farmer, of Hardeman County, is a native of McMinn County, East Tenn., born September 15, 1836, the sixth of nine children born to Eli and Dicy (Brock) Moss. The parents were natives of South Carolina, and were married in that State. Early in life they immigrated to Tennessee, and settled in McMinn County, where they spent the remainder of their days. The father spent his life in agricultural pursuits, at which he was fairly successful. He was a Democrat in politics and a man who had many warm friends who honored him for his integrity and appreciated him for his kindness of heart. Bartley H. secured a good academical education and having selected farming for an occupation, at an early age began tilling the soil. He lived in McMinn County until the year 1873, when he came to Hardeman County and settled eleven miles southwest of Bolivar where he now lives. He began life rather poor, but by industry, economy and close application to business has secured a competency, now owning 220 acres of land well cultivated. About thirty years ago Mr. Moss was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Martin, who was born in McMinn County about 1836. They are the parents of nine children—four sons and five daughters—all living. Mr. Moss in his political views is rather inclined to the Republican party. Though not a member of any church he is a firm believer in the Christian religion and is an honored and respected citizen of his community.

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This family biography is one of 101 biographies included in the book,  The History of Hardeman County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Hardeman County was included within The History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Fayette and Hardeman Counties, Tennessee

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