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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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H. G. BLACK, Ballard County, was born in December, 1812, in Cannonsburg, Penn., where he grew to manhood. His father was a native of Ireland, and during the Revolutionary war, in attempting to come to America, he was captured and imprisoned on a British man-of-war, where he was retained for five years. He finally escaped on the island of Cuba, where the vessel touched for supplies, and remained concealed until the ship sailed. He then made his way to America, landed in Virginia, where he afterward married and went to Cannonsburg, Penn., and some years later removed to Ohio. H. G. Black (subject) received a good common school education in Pennsylvania, went to Ohio with his father’s family, and in the fall of 1840 came to Kentucky, locating in Ballard County. Here he engaged in teaching and surveying. In 1842 he surveyed the land on which the town of Blandville stands; he held the office of county surveyor for upward of twenty years, and until he would have it no longer. He owns a farm of eighty acres two-and-a-half miles northeast of Bardwell in Blandville Precinct. He was married, in 1843, to Elizabeth Jones, of Kentucky, who died about the year 1867. They had twelve children, five of whom are now living—four sons and one daughter.

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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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