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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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GEORGE B. WILDS, Jr., is the fifth child of George B. and Mary E. (Meriwether) Wilds, He was born August 5, 1846, in Sun Flower County, Miss., and until the age of fifteen years lived with the family of his uncle, E. E. Meriwether, his parents having died when he was quite a small boy. At the breaking out of the civil war he espoused the cause of the South, and at the early age of fifteen enlisted in Company C, Seventh Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, and served throughout the greater part of the struggle. He was in the western campaigns under Corps Commander Polk, Van Dorn, Breckinridge and Forrest, and participated in a number of bloody battles, prominent among which were Shiloh, Baton Rouge, Corinth, Vicksburg, Guntown and Paducah. He surrendered with Gen. Forrest’s column at Grenada, Miss., and at the close of the war came to Ballard County, Ky., where he engaged in teaching, and, in 1867, commenced the study of law under the instruction of his brother, Judge John D. Wilds. He was admitted to the bar in 1870, but continued teaching, practicing his profession during vacation in the courts of Ballard and adjoining counties. In 1872 he was appointed principal of the Blandville High School, which position he filled until 1874, when he was elected surveyor of Ballard County, in which capacity he served for a period of three years. In 1876 he commenced merchandising in Blandville in partnership with Andrew Bodkin. Later he purchased the entire interest, and at present has one of the largest stores in the county; his stock represents a capital of over $8,000. He was married December 24, 1874, to Mrs. Eva Evans, daughter of Thomas M. and Ellen Horrell, by whom he has one child, George B.; Mrs. Wilds by a previous marriage had one child, Mary Ellen Evans. Mr. Wilds is a member of the I. O. O. F., and belongs to the Christian Church of Blandville, in which he has held the office of deacon for seven years.

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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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