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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lincoln 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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J. H. C. DUFF was born in Lincoln County January 26, 1838, and remained with his parents until he reached his majority. He received a fair education in the common schools and afterward attended some time at Union Academy, Lincoln County, where he took a thorough course in surveying. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Company G, Eighth Tennessee Mulberry Riflemen, under Capt. William L. Moore, but was afterward transferred to Carne’s Battery. He was in the battles of Perryville, Ky., and Chickamauga, and was captured at the latter place and sent to Camp Morton, Ind., where, February, 1864, he scaled the prison walls, under the cover of darkness, and without being seen, succeeded in making his escape. He was afterward captured again in Giles County, and made his escape once more. In 1866 he went to Bethel, Lincoln County, and married Jane C. Craig, but immediately returned to his father’s, where he remained six years. This union the birth of nine children, eight of whom are living: Bessie C., Margaret E., Myrtle, Ruby, Henry N., Alfred F., Thomas D. and James B. F. In 1876 he was elected surveyor of Lincoln County for a term of two years. In 1885 he moved to the farm where he now resides. He in Independent in politics, is a Mason and an Odd Fellow, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. His father, H. C. Duff, was born in South Carolina, August 28, 1808, and in 1845 immigrated to Lincoln County, where he purchased seventy-six acres in the Fifth District, and where he located and still resides. He has since increased his estate to 590 acres, but has given his son 200 acres. In 1837 he married Eliza D. Brown, who became the mother of our subject.

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This family biography is one of 137 biographies included in The History of Lincoln County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lincoln County was included within The History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin & Moore Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Giles, Lincoln, Franklin , Moore Counties of Tennessee

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