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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lewis 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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Z. V. Dabbs, a prominent old citizen, residing at Newburg, Lewis Co., Tenn., and a native of the same county was born April 8, 1827, son of John and Winphra Dabbs, who were born in North Carolina and emigrated to Tennessee at an early date, locating in Lewis County. They were married about 1823, and became the parents of the following ten children: William P., Paten G., Z. V., Willis C., Matilda C., Mary J., John C., Richard I., Alsey C. and Winphra E. The father died in 1856, and the mother in 1865. Our subject is the third child born to their union. He was educated in the common schools of Lewis County, and from boyhood until 1877 was engaged in tilling the soil. Owing to failing health at that time, he was compelled to give up farm life, and has since been acting as deputy for the county officials. He has been magistrate of Lewis County for many years, and was first elected to the office in 1849. He has been fairly successful, and is regarded as a prosperous and industrious man. In 1847 he married Lucinda Grinder, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth Grinder, who were natives of North Carolina, and early settlers of Lewis County, Tenn. Mr. and Mrs. Dabbs are the parents of four children: John R., William C., Mary E. and Admira C. Mr. Dabbs is a Democrat, and the family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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

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