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Below is a family biography included in the book, The History of Tipton 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. C. Boals, a leading attorney of Covington, Tenn., was born in Fayette County, November 16, 1850, and is one of a family of six children born to J. N. and Cynthia Boals. The former was born in North Carolina, April 10, 1810, and came to Tennessee with his parents when a boy. He is now residing in Fayette County, and is an ardent Democrat, and takes considerable interest in political affairs, although he is now seventy-six years of age. His wife’s maiden name was Polk. She was a distant relative of James K. Polk, and was born in 1821 and died in March, 1861. Our subject graduated at Macon College, before he completed his eighteenth year, taking the degree of B. A. He then taught school in Hardeman County, and a few years later entered the post graduates’ department of Yale College, remaining in that institution two years. He again taught school for about a year and a half at Williston, and in 1874 returned to Yale College, and in 1876 graduated with the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. From that time until May, 1878, he taught in Macon College, and then came to Covington and continued to teach until June, 1879, and in September of the same year was admitted to the bar. It was his intention to fit himself for the ministry and it was with this intention that he entered Yale College, but later decided on law as his profession. November 30, 1880, he wedded Anna, daughter of Dr. William and Sarah R. Hall. Mrs. Boals was born in Covington in February, 1850, and is the mother of three children: Clarence P., Harvey H. and Sarah R. Mr. Boals is an enterprising citizen and an excellent lawyer, and is an ardent Democrat in politics. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church and is a deacon in the same.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in the book,  The History of Tipton County, Tennessee published in 1886 by Goodspeed.  The History of Tipton County was included within The History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties of Tennessee. For the complete description, click here: History of Lauderdale, Tipton, Haywood, and Crockett Counties, Tennessee

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