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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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Jesse Blalock, planter, of Hardeman County, is a native of Granville County, N. C., born October 5, 1814, son of William and Katie (Cash) Blalock. The parents were natives of North Carolina, and there lived and died both in the same year. When Jesse was an infant he was left with strangers, but through his own efforts secured a good practical education, and was bound out to J. W. Philpott, who died before our subject reached his majority, and not receiving any compensation for all his years of hard work Mr. Blalock was left with nothing but an honest heart and name, and an ambition that prompted him to industry and labor. In May, 1833, he married Miss Rosana Lee, a native of North Carolina, born October 5, 1812. This was a happy union for forty years and the wife died October 5, 1873. In 1836 Mr. Blalock purchased a little farm near where he now lives, where he remained a short time, then moved to Fayette County, near New Castle, where he lived a short time and after living in different places until December, 1850, he then moved where he now lives, twelve miles west of Bolivar. He now owns 500 acres of good land under a good state of cultivation. To his first marriage ten children were born, nine of whom lived to be grown. July 21, 1874, he married for his second wife Miss Bettie Hudson, a native of Hardeman County, born May 20, 1850, and to them have been born two daughters: Pauline, born August 31, 1875, and died September 30, 1877, and Annie May, born November 19, 1877. In politics Mr. Blalock is a stanch Democrat, and he and wife are prominent members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and to the interest of which he is a very liberal contributor.

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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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