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Below is a family biography included in The History of Gibson 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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Judge James B. Biggs, judge of the Gibson County Court, and native of the county, was born September 11, 1824, and is a son of Luke and Marina Biggs, natives of North Carolina. James B. began doing for himself at the age of seventeen, and was a resident of Louisiana for one year. He then returned, but removed to Arkansas, thence to Mississippi. He was overseer of a plantation in the latter State one year, and then returned home and engaged in agricultural pursuits. In 1858 he was elected tax collector of Gibson County, and held the office one term. Since that time he has given his attention to farming, and has also been engaged in the practice of law since 1870. In 1877 he was elected chairman of the county court, and held the office until 1885. He was re-elected in 1886. In 1847 he married Elizabeth C. Thomson, and by her became the father of three children: Parilee T., Mary C. and Henry L. Mrs. Biggs died in 1861, and, in 1863, he married Addie M. Northern, who died in 1869. His third wife was Eliza A. Carroll. Mr. Biggs is a Democrat, a member of the Christian Church, and of the F. & A. M. fraternity. He is also a member of the board of health of Gibson County. He was the first male child born in Gibson County after its organization, and was born in the same building in which the county was organized.

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This family biography is one of 242 biographies included in The History of Gibson County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Gibson 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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