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Below is a family biography included in The History of Macon County, Tennessee published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1887.  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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E. H. Bratton, M. D., a prominent citizen of La Fayette, was born in Macon County in 1840. He is the son of Anderson and Theresa (Adams) Bratton, and the seventh of ten children. The father was a native of Kentucky, born in 1806, and was a son of William Bratton, who was a son of Charles Bratton, a native of South Carolina, who settled in Sumner County near White’s Station at a very early day, where he was killed by the Indians. Dr. Bratton’s mother was born in what is now Macon County in 1806, and died in 1855. In 1856 Anderson Bratton married Mrs. Rachel Flippen. By this union six children were born. Mr. Bratton was a farmer and a man of considerable means and ability, having held the office of magistrate for many years. In 1851 he was elected to represent Macon and Smith Counties in the State Legislature as floater. He died April 25, 1868. He and his wife were members of the Primitive Baptist Church and esteemed by the community. Dr. E. H. Bratton was educated at the common schools. In 1860 he began the study of medicine under Dr. W. G. Key. In 1860-61 he attended the medical department of the University of Nashville and immediately began to practice in his neighborhood where he soon established an extensive and lucrative business, being one of the leading physicians of the county. January 23, 1866, he married Miss Camille J., daughter of Dr. Hugh B. and Frances W. Flippen of this place. By this union six children have been born: Fannie (wife of Dr. E. K. Lamb, druggist at Alton Hill), Hugh A., Robert E., Edgar H., Martha J. and Roscoe A. In politics he is a Democrat, his first vote being cast for Seymour in 1868. Dr. Bratton is an earnest advocate of education and of charitable and religious enterprises, in which he is a generous supporter, and is giving his children excellent advantages. He is a Royal Arch Mason.

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This family biography is one of 24 biographies included in The History of Macon County, Tennessee published in 1887.  The History of Macon County was included within The History of Sumner, Smith, Macon & Trousdale Counties of Tennessee. View the complete description here: History of Sumner, Smith, Macon and Trousdale Counties of Tennessee

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