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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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DR. G. A. THOMAS was born February 3, 1845, in Ballard County. He is a son of William and Catharine (Valandingham) Thomas. The father was born in Henry County, Ky.; he died in February, 1867, aged fifty-five, from being thrown from a horse. The mother was born in Owen County, Ky.; she died in July, 1867, aged forty-eight. Dr. Thomas was reared on his father’s farm, and attended the schools of the neighborhood. He enlisted in 1862, with Polk’s scouts, Confederate States Army, and remained with this company about five months, when they disbanded. In the fall of 1862 he joined the Twelfth Kentucky Cavalry and served till the end of the war. He participated in the battles of Okolona, Miss.; Union City, Tenn.; Brice’s Cross Roads, Harrisburg, Athens, Ala.; Sulphur Trestle, Ala.; Pulaski, Tenn.; Columbus, Franklin, Murfreesborough and others. On his return from the army, he attended Notre Dame College, Indiana, about ten months. He then came to Ballard County and commenced the study of medicine, under the preceptorship of Dr. W. H. Parkham, and continued about one year. He then went to Louisville, and there graduated from the medical department of the Louisville University, in the class of 1870, after which he returned to Ballard County and engaged in the practice of his profession and also in farming. He was married, in 1873, to Miss H. J. Webb, of this county. This union is blessed with five children, three sons and two daughters. Both of the doctor’s grandfathers, as well as Thomas Woolfolk, the grandfather of Mrs. Thomas, served in the war of 1812, the latter being a commissioned officer.

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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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