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Below is a family biography included in The History of White 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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W. M. Anderson, an enterprising farmer of the Fifth District, was born in White County, November 4, 1824, the second son of Zachariah and Rebecca (England) Anderson. The father was born in 1790 in Kentucky. He was a Baptist minister and Whig, a farmer and stock raiser. He died January 15, 1867. The mother was born in 1792 in Knox County, Tenn., and died August 5, 1871. They were married in 1816. The subject of our sketch was raised on a farm, and received his education in the schools of the vicinity. From 1843 to 1847, he was keeper of a toll gate at Crab Orchard, Tenn. In 1848 he was elected tax collector of White County. He then began farming and stock raising. In 1852 he was elected magistrate to fill the unexpired term of David Beam, and in 1854 was re-elected and served six years. He has been very successful in life and accumulated some fine property. He is a useful and respected citizen, and a generous contributor to all worthy enterprises. He is a stanch Democrat. February 20, 1849, he married Nancy A., daughter of Harmon and Mary Little. This union resulted in the birth of Rebecca, born January 20, 1851; William and Alice, who are twins, born May 2, 1868. All are living, and have received excellent educational advantages.

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This family biography is one of 38 biographies included in The History of White County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of White County was included within The History of Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Warren & White Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Cannon, Coffee, DeKalb, Warren, White Counties of Tennessee

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