Moses Segraves, a well known farmer of the Ninth District, was born in Wilkes County, N.C., in 1832, the only child of Sherrod and Martha (Laws) Segraves. The father was born May 22, 1811, in Wako County, N.C. His parents died when he was a small child, and he was bound to James Jones. He married in his native State in 1833; he left his family, going to Davidson County. Tenn. where for some unknown reason he married a native of that county, Miss Margaret Neely, who was born in 1808. In 1842 he moved to Dyer County, where he has since resided. He has been very prosperous. The first wife, Miss Laws, was born in Wilkes County, N.C., in October, 1816; with her son came to Henderson County in 1845, settling in the Seventeenth District. The same year she married Benjamin Philips, by whom she had two children. Her death occurred February 26. 1872. Moses remained with his mother during his single life. August 22, 1852, he married Miss Susan P. Crabb, a native of Benton County, born October 29,1834. They have four children living: Mary H., wife of James D. Smith; John H., Nancy C., wife of Lea Smith, and Sidney J. In 1864 and 1865 Mr. Segraves made his home in Massac County, Ill. In 1806 he returned to Tennessee, purchased some property in the Ninth District where he has since resided. He is quite an extensive landholder, owning about 500 acres, which he was enabled to buy through his energy, ability and judicious management. He is a man of enterprise and Integrity and has the respect of all who know him. Politically he is conservative, voting from principles not for party. His first vote was cast for Fillmore in 1856. Mr. and Mrs. Segraves are exemplary members of the Missionary Baptist Church.

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