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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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Thomas G. Bomer, farmer and merchant, was born in Williamson County, Tenn., May 7, 1828. His father, William Bomer, was born in Halifax County, Va., and immigrated to Williamson County, Tenn., when a young man, and married Miss Margaret B. Ricketts, a daughter of Thomas Ricketts, a farmer formerly of North Carolina. Their family consisted of three sons and four daughters, our subject being the oldest child. The father moved with his family to Calloway County, Ky., in 1858, and two years later moved to Weakley County, Tenn., where he remained until he died, in 1878, and one day later his wife died and they were both buried in the same grave. Our subject was raised and educated on a farm, and has made farming his business. He remained at his father’s until twenty-three years of age, then married in Williamson County, Tenn., December 23, 1851, Miss Mary Powell, a daughter of Squire Powell. Four sons and three daughters were born to this union: William P., Edward J., John O’Neil, Otie G., Minerva A., (Tilman) Mollie L. and Annie. Two have died, William P., November 11, 1878, and Minerva A. Tilman died near San Antonio, Tex., September 28, 1876. Mrs. Bomer was born in Adair County, Ky., April 13, 1832. Mr. Bomer is a Democrat and a Mason, and his wife and children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Bemer is a man of kind heart and a high sense of honor; he is well liked in his community. He owns a good farm with a comfortable residence on it, thirteen miles north of Ripley on the Ripley and Key Corner road.

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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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