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Below is a family biography included in The History of Obion 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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A. C. Anderson, farmer and stock dealer, was born September 1, 1847, in Obion (now Lake) County, Tenn. His parents, Reuben and Mary S. (Colter) Anderson, were born and married in the State of Kentucky, and soon after came to Obion County, locating on the present site of Tiptonville about 1830. Here the father died in 1865, followed by the mother’s death in 1878. Of their eight children our subject is the second. He resided with his parents until 1864, when he enlisted in Forrest’s cavalry, and served until the close of the war. He then returned home, and October 17, 1866, he married Margaret J. Harper, who became the mother of ten children—eight of whom are still living. Mr. Anderson has followed agricultural pursuits in different parts of the county since his marriage, and since 1882 has been residing on his present farm of 130 acres. He also has a farm of 150 acres near Rives. Mr. Anderson is a member of the K. of H., and politically is identified with the Democratic party.

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This family biography is one of 179 biographies included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Obion County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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