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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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 M. FREEMAN, Fulton County, was born in Weakley County, Tenn., March 6, 1833, and is the second of six children born to Richard R. and Aplona (Morris) Freeman. The parents were natives of North Carolina and were of Irish descent. Both families settled in Weakley County, Tenn., in an early day—the father’s parents in 1819, the mother’s in 1825. Subject was reared on a farm and lived with his mother until he became of age, his father having died in 1848. Our subject enlisted in September, 1861, in the First Confederate Cavalry (Kentucky), Col. H. C. King. Among the battles in which he participated were Perryville, Murfreesborough, Tuscumbia, Nashville and Selma, Ala. At the last named battle he was captured, but was paroled the following May, at Columbia. Returning home he engaged in farming until 1869, when he opened a saloon at Pierce. After running this two years he sold out and opened a grocery store. In 1873 he came to Fulton, where he has since been engaged in the grocery business. In 1883 he purchased a saw-mill and is now sawing lumber for the railway company. Commencing with almost nothing he has now amassed quite a little property, including a farm near Fulton, one storeroom and five houses and lots. March 6, 1870, he was married to Miss Josephine Brakefield, of Robertson County, Tenn., a daughter of Ephraim and Sarah Brakefield. The parents were natives of Alabama and came to Tennessee in an early day. Five children have blessed this union, viz.: John T., Maggie R., Minnie S., Mary E. and Sallie A. Mr. and Mrs. Freeman are members of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 114 biographies included in the Fulton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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