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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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David W. McAnulty, a prominent merchant of Hickory Valley, is a native of Hardeman County, born October 14, 1847, the elder of two children born to Joseph S. and Margaret A. (Woods) McAnulty. The father is a native of North Carolina, born May 12, 1821, and came with his parents to Hardeman County in 1835, where they lived the remainder of their lives. He is engaged in agricultural pursuits and has been successful in securing this world’s goods. He is a Democrat and a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The mother is a native of Hardeman County, born May 14, 1833, and is a worthy member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. David W., by his own efforts secured a good practical education, after which he was engaged in the farming interests on his father’s farm. In 1865 he became a salesman in the store of J. H. McClellan & Co., of La Grange, Tenn., where he remained one year, and the year following was connected with the firm of Graves & Gaither in the same capacity. December 10, 1867, Mr. McAnulty married Miss Martha B. Moorman, an accomplished daughter of Rev. R. A. Moorman of Hardeman County. They are the parents of eight children, six of whom are living. For about five years after his marriage, Mr. McAnulty was engaged in farming, with fair results, but in 1873 established a store in La Grange in partnership with a brother-in-law, J. P. Ferguson, which he continued one year. In 1874 they moved their stock of goods to Hickory Valley, and since then Mr. McAnulty has been of the enterprising and energetic business men of that place, now owning one-half interest in the store which is valued at $10,000, besides 300 acres of land. He is a Democrat and contributes liberally to the support of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which he and wife are members.

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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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