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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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Frank M. McGlathery, of the firm of Mercer & McGlathery of Toone, is a native of Alcorn County, Miss., born June 13, 1847, a son of Samuel E. and Nancy S. (Surratt) McGlathery. The parents were married in northern Alabama in 1839, and moved the same year to what is now Alcorn County, Miss., where they have since lived. The father is of Scotch descent, a native of Lincoln County, Tenn., born February 10, 1818. He was engaged in farming until the year 1880 when for four years he sold goods in Corinth, Miss., but since then has lived a retired life. He is a Democrat and a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The mother was born in Alabama June 10, 1821, and is of French ancestry. She is a member of the same church as her husband. Frank M. enjoyed fine educational advantages, receiving a good academical education, after which he clerked in his uncle’s store at Boonsville, Miss., one year. In 1869 he entered the firm of A. J. Borroum & Co., druggists at Corinth, Miss. In 1870 he secured a position as assistant depot agent at Bolivar, Tenn., and at once began the study of telegraphy and soon became an expert in that branch of railroad work. November, 1872, Mr. McGlathery was appointed operator and agent at Voiden, Miss., and in May, 1873, was transferred to Toone, Tenn., where he was connected with the railroad business for eleven years. He then resigned and has since given his attention exclusively to mercantile interests, and now owns one half interest in a stock of goods valued at $15,000 or $20,000. May 1, 1872, Mr. McGlathery married Miss Mattie E. Mercer, who was born May 14, 1850. Mr. and Mrs. McGlathery are the parents of six children—three sons and three daughters—two sons deceased. Mr. McGlathery is a Democrat and he and wife are influential members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

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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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