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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 W. Farley, county court clerk of Hardeman County, is a son of Franklin B. and Mary (Parr) Franklin. Both were born, reared and married in North Carolina. In 1833 they came to Fayette County, Tenn., where they remained until 1848, and then moved to Shelby County. The father was a farmer by occupation and a Whig in politics. They were both members of the Methodist Church and lived to a good old age. Our subject was born January 18, 1827, in Caswell County, N. C., was reared on a farm and had the very best educational advantages his county afforded. At the age of twenty-one he began for himself by clerking in a dry goods store. After six years’ experience he began merchandising, which he continued some time. He then engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1851 he married Mary J. Redd, daughter of Maj. P. B. Redd, an educator of Haywood County. This union was blessed by the birth of one son, William E., a farmer of Hardeman County. Mrs. Farley is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Before the war our subject was a Whig but since that event he has been a Democrat. In 1876 he was elected sheriff, which office he held as long as the law permits (six years). He was then elected to the office of county court clerk and is now discharging the duties of that position. He also carries on his agricultural pursuits and has 630 acres of valuable land. For forty years he has been a resident of Hardeman County, and the official positions he has held speak well for his popularity in the county. He is a man liberal in his support of schools, churches and other worthy enterprises. His father was of German-Irish extraction.

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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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