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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Lauderdale 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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Stephen H. Bibb, a prominent farmer residing in the northern part of Lauderdale County, was born in Rockingham County, N. C., July 30, 1833, and was the tenth child of eleven children, nine of whom lived to be grown, born to Richard C. and Margary (Hooper) Bibb. Both parents were born in North Carolina, and came to Tipton County, Tenn., in 1840. The father was a carpenter, but gave his time to farming; he died on Knob Creek in Lauderdale County, in 1861, and the mother died at the homestead on Knob Creek, in 1862. Our subject was raised and educated on a farm, and has made farming his business. In 1862 he enlisted in the Confederate Army, with Gen. Chalmer’s brigade of cavalry, but after serving eighteen months was discharged on account of ill-health. January 31, 1856, he was married in this county to Miss Martha E. Forbest, and to this union were born Mary A., September 7, 1857; William R., born May 12, 1861, and Stephen R., born October 15, 1862. The latter married Miss Martha C. Childress, daughter of J. F. Childress, and to them were born four children at two births. Mrs. Bibb was born near Bloomfield, Ill., and died December 26, 1865, and our subject was married the second time in Lauderdale County, February 10, 1867, to Mrs. Nancy W. Edney. She had one son by her former marriage- John G. Edney, born June 8, 1862. Mrs. Bibb was a native of this county, born June 16, 1842, a daughter of Squire Thomas J. Childress, a very prominent farmer of his locality. Our subject is a Democrat, casting his first presidential vote for James Buchanan; he is a Mason, and with his wife belongs to the Methodist Church South. Mr. Bibb has a good farm ten miles north of Ripley. He is a quiet, industrious farmer, holding the respect of the community in which he lives.

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This family biography is one of 116 biographies included in the book,  The History of Lauderdale County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Lauderdale 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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