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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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Col. G. W. Garrett, a prominent resident and prosperous merchant of Pocahontas, was born March 5, 1840, in South Carolina, of which State his parents were also natives. His father, Henry Garrett, was born March 5, 1808, and moved to Mississippi in 1851, locating in Tippah County, where he is living at present, extensively engaged in agriculture. The mother, Mrs. Elizabeth (Cauley) Garrett, was born in May, 1812. Col. Garrett’s ancestors were Scotch-Irish. He entered the Confederate service in 1861, at the age of nineteen, in the Third Mississippi Infantry, which, was afterward consolidated with the Twenty-sixth and Twenty-third. He was second lieutenant of Company C, and was gradually promoted until he reached the rank of colonel. During his brave and gallant service he did not receive a serious wound, but was captured twice, first at Fort Donelson, when he was imprisoned at Johnson Island for five months. He was again taken prisoner at Nashville, and confined at that place until the surrender. After peace was restored he returned home and engaged in farming which he continued for a year, at which time he formed a partnership with Halcomb, the firm being styled Halcomb & Garrett. One year later it was changed to G. W. Garrett & Bro., the same as at the present time. They have met with unusual success, having by their fair dealings and accommodating manners secured a large and profitable trade. January 9, 1866, the Colonel married E. J., daughter of Dr. R. L. and Annie Bouten, of French descent. To Col. and Mrs. Garrett five children have been born: Minnie, Ottie, Hallie, Georgie and Lloyd. Col. Garrett is a true, worthy and esteemed citizen, a man of best social standing and an earnest member of the Missionary Baptist Church, also of the K. of H. He is a stanch Democrat and prohibitionist.

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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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