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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 R. TERRILL was born in Boone County, Ky., near Dry Run, about three miles below Florence, April 20, 1854, and is the fourth of ten children born to George W. Terrill and Amanda M. Terrill, the daughter of Simeon Walton. George W. Terrill, a native of Boone County, has followed farming and trading all his life, and is still a resident of Boone County. He took sides with the South in the late contest, and bore the rank of captain in John Morgan’s command. He represented his native county in the Legislature in 1870 and 1871. His wife died August 21, 1885. William R. Terrill was brought up on the farm, and in early life attended the high schools of Boone County. He went to school to Miss Ida Lloyd, and Lloyd (the civil engineer), Miss Kate Willis, John Walton, Capt. Elliott, John Brown, Prof. Holton, John Woodford, Prof. Cregg, Peck, who is now surveyor in Trimble, also J. Frank Grant and Alonzo Vorhall, all of whom are the best of teachers. In 1870 he entered college at Eminence, Ky. The next year he went to Prof. Lowery, a graduate of Virginia University, who taught at Petersburg. In 1872 he returned to Eminence College, and continued till 1874. In 1875 he was examined for teacher, and got first class first grade. He then entered the school room as teacher, and taught one term at Morgan Academy, at Burlington, and also taught at Petersburg. He then taught mathematics and philosophy at Ghent College, in Carroll County, in 1877, and in 1878 he was elected surveyor of Boone County, and served one term of four years. In 1880 he commenced to carry the United States mail from Burlington to Erlanger, and served in that capacity until 1884. He has followed surveying and civil engineering, and does the greater part of the surveying for Boone County. He owns some valuable property in Florence, and also runs a livery stable. He is a member of the Christian Church. 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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