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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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ADOLPHUS W. SHELBY was born October 26, 1824, in Stewart County, Tenn.; was taken by his parents, in 1826, to Hardeman County; in 1832 to Fayette County; in 1835 to Marshall County, Miss.; 1840 to Johnson County, Ill., and in 1841 to Ballard County, Ky., where he still resides. His father, Alfred M. Shelby, born in 1799, in Montgomery County, Tenn., was a finely educated teacher, and died in 1880. He was the son of John, a native of east Tennessee, a cousin of Gov. Shelby; was ten years a legislator, and died in 1818, aged forty-eight years. He was the son of John, of Maryland. Alfred M. married Alvira Reed (born in 1807, died in 1856) of Livingston County, Ky., and their offspring are Louisa (Bradley and Davidson), subject, John L., Alfred M., Isabella (Bratton), Elvira (Earnhardt), Orelia (Scott), Napoleon B., Orvil M., Elizabeth and Ivan. On November 30, 1851, subject married Miss Amanda F., daughter of Archibald and Nancy (Thombs) Terry, of McCracken County, Ky., and to them have been born, John L., Alfred M. (deceased), Ivan H., Emma (Earnhardt), Laura (Chrice). Delia (deceased), Luella, Dora, Isaac and Joseph O. Subject is a farmer, having 325 acres of medium land in a fair state of cultivation. He is a worthy member of the Christian Church, also of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics is a 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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