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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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P. H. McKinnie, M. D., is one of the prominent physicians of Hickory Valley, a native of the same county where he resides, born February 3, 1844, a son of Rev. Arthur and H. D. (Lee) McKinnie, who were natives of North Carolina. The father is a native of Wayne County, born in 1811; was a local preacher in the Methodist Episcopal Church and rendered that church much valuable service. He was also a farmer, at which he was very successful. His death occurred in Hardeman County. The mother was born in Rockingham County in 1810 and died in Hickory Valley in 1886. They were married in Hardeman County. P. H. McKinnie is the youngest of seven children born to his parents and received a good collegiate education. In the fall of 1862 he entered the Confederate States Army and enlisted as a private of volunteers in Company E, Seventh Tennessee Regular Cavalry, and was received in Gen. Forrest’s command under Brig.-Gen. James R. Chalmers. He participated in the battles of Hernando, Miss., Moscow, Tenn., Harrisburg, Miss., Union City, Tenn., Nashville and Franklin; returned home in 1865 and took the oath of allegiance at La Grange, and soon after entered the school at New Castle where he attended one year and then entered the college at Georgetown, Ky., and having chosen the medical profession went in the fall of 1873 to the medical college at Louisville, Ky., where he duly received his diploma in 1880. He then returned to Hardeman County, and located in Hickory Valley, where he soon built up a large practice and has since been a popular and successful physician. February 29, 1876, he married Miss Susan M. Scott, born February 27, 1861, in Hardeman County, and to them has been born the following family: Claude S., born October 24, 1877; Arthur S., born April 28, 1882, and William H., born April 13, 1884. Dr. McKinnie is a Democrat in politics and a consistent member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. McKinnie is a member 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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