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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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Thomas E. Mercer, an enterprising merchant of Toone and member of the firm of Mercer & McGlathery, is a native of Madison County, Tenn., born February 5, 1844, the fourth of eight children, four now living, born to Thomas B. and Catharine (Crisum) Mercer. The parents were married in Madison County about the year 1830 and in 1843 came to Hardeman County, where they have since lived. The father was born in Currituck County, N. C., in December, 1816, is a farmer, a Democrat, and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. The mother is a member of the same church, born in Middle Tennessee in 1818. Our subject’s education at seventeen was interrupted by the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in Company B, Thirty-third Tennessee Regiment Infantry; was received in Cheatham’s division and participated in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Ky., Murfreesboro and of Chickamauga. At the latter place he received a severe wound which caused him much suffering. After a partial recovery he returned to the service but was officially placed on the retired list at Greensboro, Ga., in July, 1864. Mr. Mercer then returned to Tennessee and re-entered school, and after completing his education he was engaged as clerk in different mercantile houses for five years. In 1869 he formed a partnership with a brother, W. A. Mercer, and James Little and opened a grocery store in Toone which he continued with some changes in the firm for seven years. In 1876 he and brother opened a store of general merchandise, but in 1883 the brother sold his interest to F. M. McGlathery, now one of the firm. Mr. Mercer also owns 300 acres of land in Fayette, Madison and Hardeman Counties. September 6, 1870, he married Miss Lizzie Cartwright, a lady of Fayette County, born in 1843, and to them have been born eight children, six now living. Mr. Mercer is a Democrat and a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mrs. Mercer is a member of the Methodist Episcopal 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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