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Below is a family biography included in 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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DR. ELI J. DESHA was born October 13, 1838, in Madison County, Mo., where he was reared until 1858, when he came to Ballard County, Ky., where he now resides. His father, Eli D. Desha, a native of Louisiana, died in 1874 at the age of sixty-three years. He was the son of Robert C. Desha, a soldier in La Fayette’s army, who remained in the United States after the American Revolution and died at St. Michael, leaving a wife, two sons and a daughter, the daughter marrying Sterling Smith, of New Madrid. Eli D. married Eva, daughter of Henry La Lee, of Virginia. She is now living at the age of ninety years. Their offspring are Elizabeth (Ravelle), Eliza (Ellison), subject and Eva J. Subject in youth obtained a good education at Fredericktown, and from choice pursued school-teaching as an occupation and medicine as a profession. He was married December 7, 1862, to Miss Angie, daughter of James M. and Elizabeth (Owen) Childress, of McCracken County, (born in 1844), and to them have been born Hillen G., Arthur T. (deceased), Owen L., Iona LeRoy, De La S., Angie E., Roxie V., Lucius C., Orville U. and Julia E. Arthur T., a bright youth of seventeen years, of unusual mental capacity and of great promise, died January 23, 1882, lamented by all who knew him. Our subject owns a farm at Weldon Park, on which he resides, and has devoted much of his time and means to agriculture as a science. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and in politics affiliates, with the Democratic party, which has ever been the political record of his ancestry.

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This family biography is one of 186 biographies included in the Ballard County, Kentucky section of 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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