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Below is a family biography included in The History of Wayne 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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Lytle Burns, a wealthy farmer residing in the Fourth District of Wayne County, was born where he now resides May 13, 1858, and is a son of John S. and Rebecca Burns, who were Tennesseans by birth. Lytle is the youngest of their family of eight children, and was reared on the farm and received a liberal education at Waynesboro and Clifton. He has been engaged in agricultural pursuits from boyhood, and has prospered beyond his expectations. Owing to energy and perseverance he is the owner of 1,066 acres of land, about 120 acres of which are well cultivated. In 1880 he was united in marriage to Ida Rankin, daughter of James C. M. and Bettie Rankin, of Wayne County, and their union has been blessed in the birth of four children — two sons and two daughters: James R., Essie M., Margaret E. and an infant son. The family are members of the Primitive Baptist Church, and in politics our subject is a Democrat in politics, and is of Scotch-Irish descent.

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This family biography is one of 76 biographies included in The History of Wayne County, Tennessee published in 1886.  The History of Lawrence 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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