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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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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A. S. TAYLOR, Ballard County, was born January 18, 1838, in Oldham County, Ky., and is a son of William G. and Angie (Smith) Taylor, both Kentuckians. Subject’s paternal grandfather was George Taylor, a native of Virginia, which State he left in an early day, coming to Kentucky, and settling in Clark County, where William G. was born in 1795. Subject’s maternal grandfather was a Virginian also; he died in Henry County, Ky., about 1846 or 1847, aged sixty years. Subject’s father was a merchant and for a number of years carried on an extensive business in the town of La Grange, Oldham County, in which county he also served as clerk. He died in 1868, aged seventy-three years. The mother of subject is still living and resides at Blandville. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor were the parents of six children, four of whom are still living, A. S. being the second child. At the age of seventeen years he began life for himself as clerk in a whole sale dry goods house in Louisville, where he remained for eight years, at the end of which time he engaged as a salesman for the wholesale clothing firm of Kahn & Wolf, with whom he remained one year. He was next employed by his uncle, G. P. Smith, one of the business men in Louisville, with whom he remained until 1862, when he came to Blandville and engaged in general merchandising, which he continued about four years. He then went back to his native county, but in 1866 returned to Blandville, where he has since resided. He is now at the head of one of the largest dry goods houses in the town and is doing a fine business. On the 21st of October, 1862, he was married to Miss Theresa, daughter of Judge T. A. and Jane Rodman. This union has been blessed with the following children: Ellen T. (deceased), George S., Thomas G. (deceased), A. S., Angie (deceased), Angie S., Theresa (deceased), William G. and Anna. Mr. Taylor was appointed commissioner of Ballard County in 1883 and still holds the position. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and in politics a stanch Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 186 biographies included in the Ballard County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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