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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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W. W. R. Elliotte, Jr., a, leading merchant of Saulsbury, was born May 22, 1839, in Tippah County, Miss. His parents are W. W. E. and Jemima W. Ferguson. His father was born August 14, 1813, at McMinnville, Tenn., a son of William and Elizabeth (Wilson) Elliotte, both natives of North Carolina, born respectively in 1767 and 1775. They immigrated to Tennessee at a very early day and located in Rutherford County, where they lived a number of years. The father died in Henderson County in 1836, and the mother in 1862. W. W. R., Sr., who is of Scotch-Irish descent, was raised on a farm. In 1856 he engaged in the wholesale and retail family grocery business, afterward adding a fine drug stock. In February, 1885, he was burned out, and lost a great deal. He is an old and honored citizen, and highly respected. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and belongs to the Masonic order. Previous to the late war he was a Whig, but since that time has belonged to no party. November 1, 1838, he was married to Miss Jemima W. Ferguson. To them a family of nine children was born: Daniel F.; Mary A. E., wife of L. T. Barden; John W., C. G., Emily, Francis, Virginia T., Alice B. and the subject of this sketch, W. W. R., Jr., who is the third son. When quite young he entered the merchandise business, continuing as a salesman until 1874, at which time he embarked in general merchandise and cotton trade at Saulsbury, and to the present date has been very prosperous. He was married October 29, 1874, to Maggie Brown, of Tippah County, Miss. She is a daughter of Lawson W. and Elizabeth Brown, both natives of Mississippi. To Mr. and Mrs. Elliotte four children have been born: Lizzie J., Lawson W., Ida May and an infant. Mr. Elliotte is a worthy and substantial citizen, and a self-made man, who has accumulated his property by economy and industry. He is an esteemed member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and a strong Democrat.

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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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