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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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J. H. and E. M. Jones, proprietors of the Hardeman Woolen Mills, are the sons of Paul T. Jones, who was born in North Carolina in 1828, and came with his parents to Hardeman County in 1832. They settled on the farm upon which the West Tennessee Insane Asylum is now situated. He received an excellent and thorough education, completing his course at Lagrange College, Alabama. In 1848 he was married to Miss Jennie M. Wood, who bore him four sons and two daughters. In 1863 Mrs. Jones died a respected member of the Presbyterian Church; five years later he married Miss Mary Kirkman, with whom he had four sons and two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Jones are consistent members of the Presbyterian Church. Previous to the war Mr. Jones was a Whig, and is now a stanch Democrat. At the close of the war he was appointed magistrate by Brownlow, and was afterward elected to the same office. He was the founder of the once lively village of Leatherville, in Hardeman County, where he operated a saw and grist-mill, a tanyard and woolen-mill, the last of which is successfully run by his two sons whose names appear at the head of this biography. The woolen factory was established in 1868 by the father, who had charge of it until 1874, when the present senior member took the management, and four years later was joined by his brother. Both of these gentlemen were born and raised in Hardeman County. They are energetic, wide awake men, who have by their ability and integrity been unusually prosperous in their business. They are universally known and popular.

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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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