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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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H. SULLIVAN was born February 10, 1828, in Dickson County, Tenn., and is the fifth of seven children (four boys) born to Zachariah and Emily (Goss) Sullivan, natives of Kentucky and Germany, respectively. The father was a son of Joseph Sullivan. Both grandfathers were in the Florida and Mexican wars. H. Sullivan was reared on a farm and lived with his parents till he was twenty-three years old, when his mother died. He was married about this time, and then his father lived with him the remainder of his days. He died in the spring of 1864, aged seventy-nine years. Mr. Sullivan came to Ballard County with his parents in 1841, and settled in the community in which he still lives, and where his father entered and improved sixty acres of land. Mr. Sullivan is now the owner of 390 acres of land, three miles northwest of Blandville, in good condition. He has made what he has by his own industry and perseverance; having contracted in railway construction for about three years, at which business he made some money. He was married in October, 1850, to Miss Macedonia Dennis, of Ballard County, a daughter of Abner and Martha Ann Dennis, and had born to him by this union three children: Jerry, John, and Jennie (now Richmond). His wife died in 1861, a member of the Baptist Church. In the spring of 1862, he married Mrs. Fannie Edes, daughter of Carney and Emily (Bugg) Richmond, and had born to him by this union seven children: Albert, Richmond, Emma, Edda, Jodie, Charley, and Allie. Mr. Sullivan and wife are both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; he was a member of the Grange and votes the Democratic ticket.

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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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