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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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James L. Adams, a well known citizen, farmer and lumber dealer of Munford, Tipton Co., Tenn., is a native of Robertson County, Tenn., born June 24, 1838, and is a son of Rev. Louis and Lucinda (Thacker) Adams. The father was born in Virginia, October 11, 1798; the mother in Kentucky on October 1, 1803. The father by his own efforts acquired a good education in youth; in early life he commenced farming but in 1828 he quit the farm and prepared himself for a broader work, that of preaching the Gospel. He entered the ministry of the Methodist Church, joining the Tennessee Conference, and for twenty-two years was an itinerant, preacher of that conference. In 1850 he was transferred to the Memphis Conference, and was an itinerant preacher of that conference for fourteen years, and in 1803 located and sustained superannuated relations with the conference. He was a devout man and an able preacher, relying largely upon the inspiration of the moment for his simple heartfelt utterances instead of tedious preparation, which was one secret of his success. He died January 23, 1878, and was buried at the old family graveyard one mile west of Munford. The mother died July 29, 1880, and was buried by her husband. James L. Adams received a good education in his youth, and commenced farming when young; he moved with his parents to Tipton County, and settled sixteen miles southwest, of Covington. In 1861 he entered the Confederate service, in Company A, Fifty first Tennessee Infantry, and was placed in Gen. Cheatham’s division. He took part in the battle of Perryville, Ky., in the retreat from Dalton to Atlanta, and at Franklin, Tenn., where he was severely wounded and captured, and after being sent to Nashville, Louisville and Camp Chase. Ohio, he got a parole at Richmond. Va., March 5, 1865, and returned home and resumed his farming and lumber business, and has met with good success. July 19, 1863, he married Mary C. McFadden, born in Rutherford County, February 10, 1842, and three sons and a daughter were born to this marriage; two sons are dead. Mrs. Adams died August 9, 1884. Mr. Adams is an enthusiastic Democrat, and an active and worthy member of the Methodist Church. He is a generous and upright man.

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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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