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Below is a family biography included in The History of Weakley 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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C. B. Scott, jeweler, of Dresden, is a Madison County Tennessean, born in 1840, son of George R. and Hester Ann (Haltom) Scott. The father was of Scotch-Irish descent, a Tennessean, born in 1817, and a farmer. He was married in Madison County in 1839, and has been a constant citizen of the same to the present time. He is yet living and is one of the old and honorable farmers of the county. His wife, who was born in 1821, died in 1865, and he took a second wife, by whom he had one child. Seven children were born to his first marriage. C. B. Scott received a fair education in the common schools, and made his home with his parents until the breaking out of the late war, when, in July of 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate Army in Manney’s Battery, and was at Fort Donelson. After its fall he joined Forrest’s cavalry, his principal duty being scouting and raiding. In the spring of 1864 he returned home, not being wounded or captured during his entire service. That same year witnessed his marriage with Jennie Byrn, who was born in 1847 and is the mother of seven children: Charles C., Cordelia A., John H. M., Jesse B., Alfred C., Rosa B. and Nina. In 1866 Mr. Scott farmed in Madison County, continuing two years, when he went to Humphreys County, and for four years was engaged in merchandising. He was burned out, losing his entire stock. In 1872 he began working at the jeweler’s trade, and in 1880 came to Dresden and established his present store. He keeps a fine stock of watches, clocks, jewelry, silverware, sewing machines and musical goods, and is doing quite a satisfactory business. He is a Democrat; cast his first presidential vote for S. J. Tilden. He is a Mason, and he and wife are members of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 108 biographies included in The History of Weakley County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Weakley 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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