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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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PHILIP O. GRIFFIN was born at Valonia, Jackson Co., Ind., June 18, 1864. His father was Joseph Griffin and his mother was Margaret E. (Denton) Griffin. Joseph Griffin was born in Jackson County, Ind., in 1832. He was a son of Benjamin and Marv Griffin, natives of Kentucky and Indiana respectively. Benjamin Griffin moved from Kentucky, and settled in Jackson County, Ind., at an early date, where he lived, a farmer, all his life. Joseph Griffin was the third child born; he was educated at the common schools of Jackson County, and was a farmer by occupation, but a shoemaker by trade, and followed the latter all his life. He was for many years a member of the Baptist Church, and a firm supporter of its principles. He died April 28, 1883. He enlisted in Company G, Fifty-fourth Indiana Regiment, of the Federal Army as a private, and served only a short time. In 1860 he married Margaret E. Denton of Jackson County. To this union thirteen children have been born — five daughters and eight sons — viz.: William I., Mary, Philip O., Marion J., Ida O., Charles, Levi J. (died August 27, 1887, aged seventeen years), Laura A., James E., Annie, Everett O., Blanch P. and Curtis C, of whom Mary died in infancy. Levi J., whose decease is recorded above, was one of the most intelligent and industrious youths of his age. He always had very delicate health. He had only a common-school education, and his advantages for such education were somewhat limited. Notwithstanding his poor advantages, he was a great lover of books, as it was his highest aim to secure an education. He always attended Sunday-school, in which he was a faithful worker and an ardent supporter. Philip O. Griffin was brought up on the farm, and received a common-school education. He followed farming in Jackson County, Ind., until 1887, when he moved to Kentucky, and settled in Boone County, and engaged in business at Florence. He is a member of the Christian Church, and a very industrious and rosperous man. He is unmarried. Politically he is a Democrat.

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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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