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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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William A. May, merchant and planter of Hardeman County, is a native of Fayette County, born December 6, 1861, one of two children born to William A. and Mildred (Davis) May. The parents were natives of Virginia and were married in New Castle, Hardeman Co., Tenn., in about 1857. The father was born about 1815, was a Democrat, a merchant and planter, and died in Fayette County, Tenn., in 1885. He was a prominent member of the Missionary Baptist Church. The mother was born about 1840, was a highly cultured lady, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Her death occurred in Fayette County, June 2, 1877. The subject of this sketch received good educational advantages, was educated at Culleoka, Tenn., and University of Alabama. After completing his education he was engaged in farming interest for two years with good success. In 1879, in partnership with W. T. Scott, he established a store of general merchandise in Hickory Valley, and has since been an active and successful business man. Mr. O. B. Polk has recently entered this firm. Mr. May owns one-third interest in this house. He also owns 3,000 acres of land in Hardeman and Fayette Counties. February 26, 1884, he married Miss Annie Morgan, an accomplished lady, a native of Memphis, Tenn. They have a child, William A., born January 15, 1885. Mr. May is a Democrat in politics, and he and his wife are members of the 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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