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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence 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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William M. Busby may be mentioned as a prominent and successful planter of Lawrence County, Tenn. He was born near Lawrenceburg October 15, 1827, the youngest of five children. His father was born and reared in North Carolina, and after his marriage to a Miss Hale moved to Tennessee. After her death he wedded Verlinda Thomas, daughter of Samuel Thomas, who was born near London, England, about 1758, and came to the United States prior to the Revolutionary war. He served in that conflict and participated in the battle of Bunker Hill. Our subject’s mother, Miss (Thomas) Busby, was born in the Bluegrass State March 30, 1797, and is still living at the advanced age of ninety years. William M. was married in Lawrence County July 27, 1854, to N. C. Springer, daughter of Jacob and granddaughter of Aaron Springer. Mr. and Mrs. Busby’s children are as follows: Sallie J. (Mrs. W. C. Smith), James F., Stephen J., Samuel T., William A., Paul Jones, John S. and George H. Their mother was born in Lawrence County May 25, 1833, and died at her home July 28, 1882. Mr. Busby is a tiller of the soil, and is the owner of 319 acres of land. He gives considerable attention to stock-raising, and is an extensive raiser of the cereals. He is a Democrat in politics, and, although not a member of any church, is prominently identified with all enterprises for the public good.

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This family biography is one of 79 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lawrence County was included within The History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman & Lewis Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lawrence, Wayne, Perry, Hickman and Lewis Counties of Tennessee

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