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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  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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LEONARD W. LASSING was born in Boone County, Ky., December 17, 1826. He is the elder of two children born to Morris and Martha Lassing. Morris Lassing was born in Bavaria, Germany, August 3, 1800. He immigrated to America in 1824, and soon afterward settled in Boone County, Ky., where he lived the remainder of his life. In 1826 he married Martha Hamilton, of Boone County, a member of the well known Virginian family of that name. He united himself with the Old School Baptist Church, and was baptized by Elder Hume August 13, 1843. April 29, 1854, he was ordained to the gospel ministry, and assumed the pastoral charge of the Old School Baptist Church at Sardis, Boone Co., Ky., and continued in charge of said church, faithfully attending to his duties as elder, up to the time when his physical infirmities rendered him unable to do so. He was a man of vast and varied in formation, read and spoke several languages fluently, a tine historian and belles lettres scholar, and a close and analytical reasoner and thinker, and whether in German, French or English literature, there were few authors that he was not intimately and critically acquainted with. He died January 9, 1867, at his home near Union, Boone County. His widow still survives him. Leonard W. Lassing was brought up on the farm, and in early life attended the high schools of Boone County, and afterward attended the Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. He has devoted his time and attention to agricultural pursuits from boyhood, and has for many years ranked among the farmers as the “sturdy oak” among forest trees. He is a man of more than ordinary ability, well read and well informed. In 1872 he was chosen by the citizens of Boone County to represent them in the Legislature, and served in that capacity one term, giving entire satisfaction. He owns what is known as the “White Haven” stock farm, in Boone County, near Union, which is one of the finest and best improved farms in the county. For several years he has been devoting considerable attention to the breeding and developing of blooded sheep, horses and cattle. December 9, 1858, he married Miss Jennie M. Kennedy, a daughter of Thomas Kennedy and Louisa (Cleveland) Kennedy, of Kenton County, Ky., and a great-granddaughter of Thomas Kennedy, who is identified in the history of Kentucky as the first owner and settler of the ground where Covington is now situated, and sold his farm for $50,000 on which Covington was laid out. Thomas Kennedy, Sr., came from Virginia, and owned and ran the Cincinnati ferry until his death, when it became the property of his son, Samuel Kennedy (grandfather of Mrs. Lassing), who continued to operate it until his death, when it was owned and run by his heirs until the suspension bridge was built across the Ohio River between Covington and Cincinnati. Mrs. Lassing is a lady of fine culture, and a great favorite in the community. Mr. and Mrs. Lassing have one daughter, Therese (an only child), a highly accomplished young lady of fine artistic taste, who paints well, in both oil and water colors, and whose pictures are much admired.

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This family biography is one of 73 biographies included in the Boone County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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