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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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Dr. James H. Drane was born October 15, 1843, in Logan County, Ky., and is a son of John M. and Louisa P. (Boisseau) Drane, who were natives of Maryland and Kentucky, respectively. He was reared to manhood upon a farm. When quite small his parents moved to Dyer County, Tenn., and he received considerable of his education at the Newbern Institute. In 1862 he enlisted in the Twelfth Tennessee Regiment, and from that time until the close of the war served his country with fidelity. He then began the study of medicine with Dr. Richardson, of Dyersburg, and in 1867 attended a medical college. He located for the practice of his profession, at Dyer Station, which has since been his home and where he has secured a lucrative practice. Dr. Drane is of Irish descent, a Democrat in politics, and is a candidate at the present writing (July, 1886), for the State Senate. In 1873 Eliza R., daughter of James and Eliza R. Bobbitt, became his wife, and by him is the mother of three children: Mollie, Annie L. and John M.

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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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