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Below is a family biography included in The History of Macon 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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Nathaniel M. Adams, a farmer of the Twelfth District, was born in Clark County, Ky., in 1834. He is the son of Nathaniel M. and Nancy (Holiday) Adams, and the third of four living children. The father was of Scotch-English descent, and a native of Pittsylvania County, Va., born in 1795. He was the son of Harrison Adams, also a native of Virginia. Nathaniel M., Sr., was reared in his native State, and moved to Kentucky at the age of twenty, where he was married, and in 1836 moved to what is now Trousdale County, Tenn., locating on Goose Creek, and continuing his farming until his death in 1872. He served in the war of 1812, in the cavalry with Capt. Carter. He was afterward for many years magistrate of his district. The mother was born in Clark County, Ky., about 1798, and died in 1867, a member of the Missionary Baptist Church. Our subject received his education at the common schools, and in February, 1863, enlisted in the civil war as one of the boys in gray, in Company E, Ward’s regiment of cavalry, under Gen. Morgan. He was captured at Sulphur Trestle Works, Alabama, and taken a prisoner to Rock Island, Ill., where he remained until March 13, 1865, when he was taken to Richmond, Va., where he was soon paroled. He afterward joined the Twenty-second Tennessee Regiment of Forrest’s cavalry, and remained until the final surrender at Gainesville, Ala., returning home after two years’ gallant service and resuming his farming. In 1867 he settled on the farm he now owns of 165 acres. In January, 1874, he married Miss Isabella E., daughter of James and Mary Cage, of Smith County. She was born in Macon County, in 1850, and died September 8, 1877. Mr. and Mrs. Adams had two children, Llewella and James Nathaniel. Mr. Adams is a Democrat, but formerly a Whig, casting his first presidential vote for Fillmore in 1856. He is a member of the K. of H. and of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 24 biographies included in The History of Macon County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Macon County was included within The History of Sumner, Smith, Macon & Trousdale Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Sumner, Smith, Macon and Trousdale Counties of Tennessee

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