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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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FRANK FRANCE, Ballard County, was born March 15, 1842. He is the first of four children born to William H. and Lucinda (Richardson) France. His father was married four times, and had two children by his first wife, four by his second marriage, three by his third, but none by his fourth wife. Frank was reared in Evansville, Ind., and Henderson County, Ky. He received his education at Evansville, Ind., and at the age of fourteen years was engaged at painting; afterward he ran as fireman; afterward as engineer on the Evansville & Crawfordsville, Terre Haute, Alton & St. Louis and Missouri Pacific Railroads. He enlisted in July, 1861, in Company G, Twenty-fourth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under Thomas Johnson, as captain, and A. P. Hovey, colonel commanding. He took part in the battle of Shiloh and was discharged in the winter of 1862-63; he returned to Evansville, Ind., where he engaged in running an engine on a railway; he reenlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Forty-third Indiana Infantry, was commissioned second, then as first lieutenant in the summer of 1865. In the winter of 1866-67 he went to Mobile, Ala., and thence to Memphis, Tenn., where he engaged as painter for the Memphis branch of the Louisville & Nashville Railway one year; thence he went on a farm in Graves and Ballard Counties four years; then engaged in mercantile business in Turner, Ballard County, for six years. In 1883 he moved to Wickliffe, where he engaged in the livery and undertaking business. In June, 1884, he established the Journal at Wickliffe, starting with a circulation of 800. He was married June 21, 1869, to O. E. Nance, of Graves County, native of Trigg County, and daughter of W. S. and D. A. Knight, natives of Virginia and Christian County, Ky., respectively. Had born six children: Fannie I., W. H. S. (deceased), Merrit W., Frank L., Nora E. and Hamer A. Mrs. France is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. France is a Master Mason.

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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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