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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Crockett 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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E. J. Buchanan was born May 29, 1842, in Lincoln County, Tenn. His father was a native of Tennessee, born in October, 1806, and died in Alamo in 1877. His mother’s maiden name was Garner. She was born at Knoxville, Tenn., in 1813, and died at Alamo in 1876. Subject is mainly of Scotch-Irish descent, and was educated at Columbus, Ky. At the age of fourteen he began life for himself, entering a printing office, where he continued a few years. He then peddled for a year, and then served as brakesman on a freight train about eighteen months. In the meantime he had diligently studied law, and about this time he obtained license to practice. The war coming on, he enlisted in the Confederate service, in Company A, of the Twelfth Kentucky Regiment, and after about eighteen months he was detailed as a scout for Gen. Polk’s headquarters. He was thus engaged until the death of Gen. Polk, after which he served other commanders in the same capacity. In December, 1864, he was promoted to the rank of major. After the war he engaged in business in Cincinnati, Ohio, as traveling agent and buyer for a cotton and commission house until 1873, when, upon the organization of the county, he moved to Alamo and began the practice of his profession. After the war closed he did not begin the practice of law until the organization of the county in 1873. Since that time he has had a constantly growing and lucrative practice. On November 7, 1867, he married Cassie Curry, of Trenton, and to this union two children were born: William M. and Elbridge G. Mrs. Buchanan died in May, 1877, in full Christian faith. In August, 1878, Mr. Buchanan married Florence Oldham, of Crockett County, who has borne him three children: Florence O., C. A. and Clara. Mr. Buchanan is a Mason, a K. of H., a member of the S. of T., a Democrat, a member of the Disciple Church, and a useful citizen.

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This family biography is one of 72 biographies included in the book,  The History of Crockett County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Crockett 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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