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Below is a family biography included in The History of Obion 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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J. H. Olive was born in North Carolina, October 10, 1824, and was brought to Tennessee, when about three years of age. His father died in 1859. His mother, whose maiden name was Holland Bowden, was also born in North Carolina. J. H. Olive assisted his father until he was twenty-one years of age. He at that time began farming, and by his energy and perseverance is worth about $3,000. June 5, 1851, Mary Blake became his wife. She was a daughter of James and Martha Blake, and is the mother of three children: Martha Ann (Mrs. William Stovall), James E. and John Clinton. Mr. Olive is upright and honest in his dealings with his fellow men, and has been a consistent member of the Primitive Baptist Church for forty-five years. He is a Democrat politically, and has always been a law abiding citizen, and a man of his word.

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This family biography is one of 179 biographies included in The History of Obion County, Tennessee published in 1887 by Goodspeed.  The History of Obion County was included within The History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley & Lake Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Gibson, Obion, Dyer, Weakley, and Lake Counties of Tennessee

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