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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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Squire M. H. Jernigan, a well known resident and farmer of the Thirteenth Civil District, was born in Hardeman County December 4, 1834. His parents were Arthur A. and Sarah (Howell) Jernigan, both natives of North Carolina. The father was born in 1804, and immigrated to Tennessee at an early date, locating in Hardeman County, where he died about 1859. The mother was born in 1814; was a relative of the late distinguished Rev. R. B. C. Howell, of Nashville, Tenn. Her death occurred in 1884. There was an extensive connection of children and grandchildren, numbering in all about eighty-five. Our subject is of Scotch-Irish descent. He was raised on a farm; was working on his mother’s place at the outbreak of the late war. His educational advantages were of the most inferior character. When he attained his majority he could scarcely write his name, but by study, application and reading a good class of literature, has become well informed and fairly educated. In 1863 he entered the Confederate service, and was soon captured and was imprisoned at Alton, Ill.; shortly afterward he was sent to Fort Donelson, making the length of his confinement about seventeen months. He was released but a short time before the surrender, after which he returned home and engaged in farming and school-teaching alternately. He was elected in 1875 to the office of magistrate, to fill the unexpired term of R. N. Mitchell, and has served since that time. July, 1865, he married Miss Smithie E. Tennyson, of Mississippi. To their union five children were born: Loudella D., the wife of M. J. Brannam of Gibson County; Martha D., wife of A. J. Brannam of this county; Arlington Lee, Hiram A. and Mary Rosella, whose death occurred August 14, 1873. Mr. Jernigan is a respected member of the Missionary Baptist Church. He belongs to the Masonic order at Rose Creek, McNairy County, and is a stanch Democrat. He is of high social standing, a self-made, substantial and worthy man.

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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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