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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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DR. H. de GRUYTER, a native of Moers, Germany, was born September 27, 1843, and is a son of John F. and Louisa (Venhorst) de Gruyter, natives of Holland. He was educated at the best schools, graduated in medicine at the University of Bruxelles, Belgium, in 1865, and immediately after graduating came to the United States; he landed at New York City in 1865, and remained there a few months as a drug clerk. He then went to Charleston, W. Va., where he engaged in the practice of his profession two years, and was successful. In 1867 he went to Covington, Ky., and clerked in a drug store for one year. He then went into the drug business on his own account, establishing two stores, which he operated successfully. He is now the Kentucky editor for the Cincinnati Volksfreund, and proprietor and manager of a prominent job printing office in Covington. In 1878 he was elected coroner of Covington, and re-elected in 1882. He was united in marriage to Cythiana Crockett, of Franklin County, Ky., in 1866, daughter of John B. Crockett. One child blessed this union, Otto, who is engaged in his father’s printing office. Mrs. de Gruyter died in 1884, and in May, 1884, the Doctor married Paulina Neuber, of Covington, daughter of August Neuber; three children have been born to their union: Louisa, Selma and Patrick Charles T. The Doctor is highly educated, and speaks four languages fluently; is a man of mark in his community, being of commanding figure and attractive appearance, and unflinching integrity.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Kenton 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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