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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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CURRAN P. RAY (deceased) was born December 19, 1815, in Trigg County, Ky., was a son of Dr. John and Nancy (Chilton) Ray, and was reared on a farm. He was first married on April 30, 1840, to C. E. Chappell of Christian County, Ry. He had born to him by this union five children: Elizabeth (dead), Lysias C., John S., Curran H. and Benjamin (now dead). His second marriage was to Susan Johnson, a native of Henry County, Ky., who has borne him two children: Fannie (now Russell) and Richard. In September, 1855, he married Ellen P. Trewolla, of Ballard County, born in Truro, England, and a daughter of John and Elizabeth (Bany) Trewolla. By this union there were born nine children: William W. (dead), James M. (dead), Elizabeth C. (dead), Belle E. (dead), George W., Lizzie C. (dead), Robert Lee, Jeff Davis and Sidney J. Mr. Ray was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; his widow is a member of the Reformed Church. He had been engaged in the mercantile business and farming; was in the Confederate Army and took part in the battle of Shiloh, but sickness compelled him to return home. His third wife came to the United States in 1836, and lived in New York City, Philadelphia, Richmond, Va., and thence came to Christian County, Ky., and finally to Ballard County, in 1855, where she still lives on a good farm.

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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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