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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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WILLIAM F. McKIM, a native of Missouri, was born November 18, 1845, and is a son of William and Marietta (Dourexson) McKim, the former a native of Scotland, and the latter a Pennsylvanian Quaker. William McKim died on the Mississippi River during the cholera epidemic. William F. McKim has lived in California, Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky. June 25, 1861, he joined company I, of the Second Kentucky Infantry of Union Volunteers, Joseph Whittlesey captain, and served three years. He was mustered in at Camp Clay, Ohio, June 25, 1861, and took part in the campaigns in West Virginia, under Gen. Rosecrans. In January, 1862, he returned to Louisville, and was ordered to meet Gen. Grant at Fort Donelson; then returned to Nashville, and took part in all the campaigns under Gen. Buell. The Second Kentucky Regiment was part of the Fourth Division, Army of the Ohio, Gen. William E. Nelson commanding. He was wounded and taken prisoner at the battle of Stone River, December 31, 1862, and confined in Castle Thunder and Libby prison three months, and was among the last who were exchanged previous to the settlement of the question “Shall a white soldier be exchanged equally for a black soldier.” In June, 1863, he again joined the regiment at Murfreesboro. Tenn.; took part in that campaign under Rosecrans; was at the battle of Chickamauga, and siege of Chattanooga. He was mustered out at Covington, June 19, 1864. At the close of the war he went to Decatur County, Ind., and farmed until 1867, then engaged in the hotel business for three years. In 1872 he engaged in the drug and grocery business in Burlington, Boone Co., Ky., in which he has since continued. April 25, 1878, Mr. McKim married Florence Rich, a daughter of Samuel Rich, of Kenton County, Ky. Two children have blessed this union: Gordon F. and Herbert C. Mr. McKim is a Royal Arch Mason and a Republican.

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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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