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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Benny Joe McGuire - family history

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Benny and our son, Grant, and our Grandson, Hayden Grant McGuire. My husband is the 1965, National Cotton Picking Champion and two years ago they had the same event in Halls, TN and he won the event again with our son taking second place.

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Benny and our son, Grant.

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Benny's Father - Larry M., Mother - Marjorie, Benny, sisters, Judy, Carolyn, Pat, and Brother Ricky.

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Benny's grandfather, William Thomas McGuire, son of Thomas Gus McGuire and Grandson of Timothy McGuire and Eliza Ann (Roberts) McGuire from NC.

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Benny's Dad (Larry M. McGuire) when he was about 21 years old.

Ann writes:

We live in rural west TN in a small town names Hornbeak. Hornbeak is located about 8 miles from Reelfoot Lake. The lake was formed by the earthquake of 1812 and 1813. We are located about 120 miles northeast of Memphis also.

A little history about Benny and myself: My husband is the County Mayor of Obion County, TN which has a population of about 30,000. Benny retired from Goodyear Tire and Rubber in Union City, TN with 33 years of service. I retired from Tennessee State Government with 25 years service in 2006. He is 60 years of age and I am 58. We were high school sweethearts and after marriage we were blessed with three great kids. Our children are all married and have blessed us again with six grandchildren with two more due any day now. They all live within an eight mile radius of our home. Their names are: Shanna McGuire Ferguson, Jolinda McGuire Gurien and Grant Wade McGuire.

Benny comes from a family of farmers. They have worked the family farm since Benny was a young boy. His father, the late Larry M. McGuire passed away in August of 2007 at the age of 83. His brother Ricky continues the farming operation with the help of his son, Darryll. They farm approximately 2000 acres in the Obion River bottoms. Benny's Grandfather, William Thomas McGuire was only two years old when his Grandmother, Eliza Ann Roberts McGuire and her son's and their families traveled from Mocksville, NC to Dyer County TN in the late 1800's. Thomas Gus McGuire, the father of William Thomas was the son of Timothy McGuire from NC. There was one sister that stayed in North Carolina; her name was Eleanor McGuire Anderson. The family called her Nellie. The son's and their wives settled first in Dyer County and then moved to different areas of the south. Timothy McGuire did not make the trip to TN as far as we can determine he died before the move upon returning from the Civil War.

I have worked on our genealogy for the past five years. I am working on the McGuire, Warner, Bryson and Buchannon lines at present. I switch back and forth when I get to a bump and that way I don't just give up or get discouraged. We want to leave our children and grandchildren a record of their heritage so they may pass it down to their children over the years. We would welcome any correspondence from the McGuire Clan in order to fill in the blanks and make our tree grow. We can be reached at the following:

Benny & Ann McGuire
260 North Main St.
Hornbeak, TN 38232

Phone: 731-538-2964

Email: abmcgu2 at bellsouth.net

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