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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Tipton 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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Benjamin Adams, of Tipton County, Tenn., was born in Sumner County. Tenn., April 12, 1812, and is a son of Collin and Martha (Goodsum) Adams, both natives of Virginia. The father was born in 1768 and was married twice; first to Miss Mary Tias, a native of Southampton, Va., and by this marriage had two sons and a daughter. This wife died in 1801 or 1802, and in 1804 he married Miss Martha E. Goodsum and they had seven children. The father did not unite with any church, but was a true Methodist and had all of his children baptized in infancy. He died in 1814. The mother was also a devout Methodist and died in 1851. Benjamin Adams received a good education at Rural Academy, in Sumner County, and at an early age commenced farming. His father died when he was an infant and upon the division of his large estate, a large number of slaves fell to his share and a guardian was appointed to look after his interests; but all of his slaves, excepting one, were poisoned by an old negro woman; and after losing his slaves, which constituted most of his property, he came to West Tennessee and settled in Tipton County, being one of the early settlers, and by untiring energy and perseverance, was soon able to own a little farm, and since then has been gradually adding to it, and now owns 890 acres of the best land in Tipton County, and though somewhat advanced in years, superintends his farm himself, which yields him a large income. October 22, 1835, he married Miss Sarah T. Brown, a native of Sumner County, Tenn., born in May, 1814, and died February, 1880. Mr. Adams is a sound Democrat and a strict member of the Methodist Church and one of the prominent and worthy citizens of Tipton County.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in the book,  The History of Tipton County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Tipton County was included within The History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties, Tennessee

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