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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lincoln County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1886. 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. B. CLARK, son of William and Harriet (Shugart) Clark, was born in Lincoln County, Tenn., in February, 1832. He received his education in the country schools, and, remained with his parents until he was twenty-two years of age. February 22, 1872, he wedded Laura J. Mountcastle, a native of Mississippi, born in the year 1845, and to this union were born two children: William M. and Harriet E. Mr. Clark had 135 acres, which were given to him by his father, and upon this he located after marriage. In 1874 he sold out and went to Colorado, where he remained over five years, in that time, acquiring a homestead of 160 acres, besides purchasing the same number of acres. In 1880 he disposed of his property, returned to his birthplace, where he purchased 162 acres in the Twelfth District, and is at the present residing there. During the war he enlisted in the Confederate service, in Company G, First Regiment Tennessee Infantry, under Col. Turney; was in several skirmishes; but at the end of eighteen months was discharged on account of ill health. Mr. Clark is an enterprising, industrious farmer, and bears the reputation of being an honest man and a good citizen. He is a Democrat in politics, and he and Mrs. Clark are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Clark’s father was a Virginian, born in Washington County in 1792, and was an enterprising farmer, and, in connection with this occupation, worked at the blacksmith trade. About 1824 he came to Lincoln County, Tenn., and located in the Ninth District where he bought property and lived until his career ended in 1869. He was a soldier in the war of 1812, and for his services his widow draws a pension of $96 per year. He was twice married, his first wife being Barbara Tolbert. The mother of our subject was also born in Washington County, Va. She is still living, and since the death of her husband has made her home with her son, C. S. Clark.
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This family biography is one of 137 biographies included in The History of Lincoln County, Tennessee published in 1886. The History of Lincoln County was included within The History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin & Moore Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin , Moore Counties of Tennessee
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