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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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JAMES A. EARNHARDT was born January 9, 1836, in Davidson County, N. C., where he grew to manhood, and in 1876 removed to Ballard County, Ky., where he has since resided. His father, William T. Earnhardt, a native of North Carolina, was born in 1815, and died in 1843. He was the son of George. William T. married Bithiah Reid, of North Carolina (born in 1815, and died in 1878), and to them were born, subject, Lucy E. G. (Huckibee), and Julia A. (Paimer). Subject’s educational advantages were good, and for about ten years he was engaged in teaching school in North Carolina, South Carolina and Kentucky. On November 9, 1855, he married Miss Catherine, daughter of John R. and Elizabeth (Nash) Howell, of North Carolina, and from this union sprang William J., Adolphus (deceased), Carolina A. (Shebourne), James A. and George D. About ten years after the death of his first wife Mr. Earnhardt married, January 17, 1875, Miss Elvira, daughter of Alfred and Elvira (Reed) Shelby, of Ballard County (born in 1838). Mr. Earnhardt has for ten years been engaged in milling, both sawing and grinding, at which he has been successful. He also farms 120 acres of good land. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, a Methodist and a Democrat.

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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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