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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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Nathan F. Burns, farmer and native of Wayne County, Tenn., was born August 1, 1856, son of Samuel L. and Sarah A. (Baker) Burns (see sketch of P. D. Burns). From birth he was raised to a farmer’s life and now resides on and owns the old homestead. His is the best farm in the county, having been kept in good repair and well taken care of by the father, who was an industrious, enterprising and prosperous farmer. The farm contains 1,375 acres of land and lies on Buffalo River. The products are corn, small grain and stock, the latter receiving Mr. Burns’ chief attention. He is a stanch Democrat, and November 7, 1875, he wedded Sallie A. Harbour, daughter of James G. and Esther J. (Lacefield) Harbour. Mrs. Burns was born in Tennessee August 20, 1854, and is the mother of three children: Nathan F., Jr., James S., Jr., and Miles G. Mr. and Mrs. Burns are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he may truly be said to be one of the first and best citizens Wayne County can boast of.

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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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