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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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JAMES D. WHITE, a self-made man, and one of the prominent men of Ballard County, was born October 31, 1831, in Hickman County, Ky. He is the fifth of nine children born to Willis and Mary (Wright) White, of Hickman, and of Irish and German descent, respectively. He was reared on a farm and received a common school education. At the age of eighteen years, he left home and worked on a farm for two years. In 1851, he commenced the study of law with Judge J. M. Bigger, at Blandville, and was admitted to the bar in 1852; in 1857, he was elected county attorney for one term; in 1869, he was elected judge of the Court of Common Pleas, to fill the unexpired term of E. Crossland, who was sent to congress, and was re-elected for a term of six years. He was one of the Hancock and English electors in 1880, and was a delegate to the Democratic convention at Chicago, in 1884. He came with his parents to Blandville, when but two years old. He has made life a success, established a reputation as an able lawyer, and ranks among the best legal talent in the Purchase; he is the possessor of two farms of 200 to 400 acres each; also two residence lots in Blandville. He was married June 19, 1860, to Mary E. Coil, of Ballard; she was born in Pendleton County, Va., and was the daughter of Adam and Dorcas (Morrow) Coil, of German descent. To this union were born seven children: William T., Addie (deceased), W. J., James D. (deceased), Florence and Samuel J. Mrs. White was a member of the Christian Church and died May 10, 1875. Mr. White was next married, October 20, 1881, to Mrs. M. A. Utterback, of Ballard, a daughter of T. J. and Emily (Kouns) Juett, and mother of two children by her first husband, viz.: T. J. and Adda (now Marshall). Mr. White is a member of the Masonic fraternity, is a Sir Knight and is also a member of the I. O. O. F., K. and L. of H. and U. W.; he has also been a member of all the local temperance organizations.

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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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