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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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Edward A. Tansil was born in North Carolina in 1813, one of nine children born to Edward and Piety (Thomas) Tansil, who were born in North Carolina in 1770 and 1780, respectively. The father followed the occupation of farming through life, and a few years after his marriage was also engaged in the mercantile business. He came to Tennessee in 1825, and in 1849, while visiting in Texas, was taken sick and died. He owned at the time of his death 320 acres of land, on which our immediate subject is now residing. Mrs. Tansil departed this life in 1862. After receiving the education and rearing of the average farmer’s boy, Edward A., September 8, 1842, married Caroline, the daughter of John and Winnie Jenkins, by whom he had seven children: Ann Eliza (wife of Dr. H. J. Shannon), Elenora (wife of Dr. T. J. Moore), Mollie (wife of Dr. B. T. Bondurant), Albertine W., Thomas J., Virginia Alice (Mrs. C. W. Moore) and Ernest L. Mrs. Tansil departed this life in 1862, and in 1866 Mr. Tansil married Mrs. M. Lou (Goodson) Gardner, who died in 1878. Mr. Tansil owns a well cultivated and improved farm of 200 acres near Sharon. Previous to the war he was a Whig in politics, but since that time he has affiliated with the Democratic party. He is one of the influential members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and formerly belonged to the I. O. O. F.

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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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