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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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William J. Berry, retail dealer in liquors at Clifton, Tenn., is a son of Joseph G. Berry, whose sketch appears in this work. He was born in Wayne County, Tenn., February 16, 1858, and was reared and educated in the county. In 1876 he engaged in his present business in Waynesboro, and remained there till 1881, when he removed his business to Clifton. He has met with good success in his undertakings, and conducts a strictly first-class saloon. He keeps a fine stock of pure whiskies, wines, beer, etc. October 23, 1877, he married Lou Dora Ramsey. They have two children: Joseph C. and Ralph M. Mr. Berry is a stanch Republican, and was city recorder of Clifton two terms.

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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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