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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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SUSAN LUCY BARRY was born in Fayette County, near Lexington, Ky., on the 27th of September, 1807. Her father was the Hon. William T. Barry, then a rising young lawyer, who afterward became one of the distinguished Democratic statesmen of Kentucky. Her mother was Lucy Overton, a daughter of Mr. Waller Overton, who was one of the earliest pioneers of Fayette County. Her mother dying when Susan was but two years of age, her father married Miss Catherine Mason, of Virginia, who reared the child with the tenderness of an own mother. Miss Barry was endowed with fine talents, and graduated with distinction at the Lafayette Female Academy at Lexington, under the instruction of the eminent teacher Col. Josiah Dunham. In 1824, at the age of sixteen, she was married to Mr. James Taylor, who was a young man of twenty-two years, and who had just graduated at the Transylvania Law School. They settled in Newport. Mrs. Taylor was noted for her simplicity in dress, for gentle and unassuming manners, and for her industry and domestic tastes; she was a lady who looked well to the ways of her household. She reared six children, who were Mrs. Thomas L. Jones, Mrs. Col. James W. Abert, James Taylor, Col. John B. Taylor, Barry Taylor and Mrs. Dr. R. W. Saunders. In her infancy Mrs. Taylor had been baptized in the Protestant Episcopal Church, but after her marriage she embraced the Baptist religion, and was immersed in the Ohio River at Cincinnati by the Rev. Mr. Vardeman. In later years she was confirmed in the Protestant Episcopal Church, to which she adhered with a zealous faith. She was a useful member of society, participating in all enterprises for the benefit of the churches, and for general charities. At the age of seventy-four years she died, on the 8th of December, 1881, beloved and lamented by all who knew her.

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This family biography is one of 41 biographies included in the Campbell 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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