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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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John E. McCaskill, farmer is a native of Hardeman County, born October 24, 1837, the third of five children born to Taylor and Nancy McCaskill. The parents were natives of North Carolina, where they married in about the year 1832 and in 1835 they immigrated to Tennessee and settled in Hardeman County, where they spent the rest of their days. The father was of Scotch descent, born in 1809, was a farmer, a Democrat in politics, and a worthy member of the Missionary Baptist Church. His death occurred in Hardeman County, August 10, 1841. The mother was of English origin, born February 16, 1812. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and died at Hardeman County, April 9, 1883. John E. received a good practical education and began early in life as a farmer, and except the time spent in the Confederate Army has always made Hardeman County his home. In the spring of 1861 he enlisted in Company B, Fourth Tennessee Infantry, and was received into Cheatham’s division, and participated in the battles of Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, etc. He was wounded at Jonesboro, Ga., in August, 1864, and was compelled to return home, when he again resumed farming. In 1865 he purchased half of the farm where he now lives from his brother, and now owns 240 acres of good land in his county. May 1, 1866, Mr. McCaskill married Miss Cynthia Sutton, a native of Hardeman County, born November 25, 1849. Unto this union have been born ten children—seven sons and three daughters—one son deceased. Mr. McCaskill is a Democrat, and he and wife are strict members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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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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