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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 FISHER, county clerk, Ballard County, is a native of White County, Tenn., and was born September 28, 1840. His parents, John and Narcissa (Hutson) Fisher, were Tennesseans also. They settled in the southern part of Ballard County, where the father died in 1878, aged sixty-six years. The mother is still living. They were the parents of twelve children: W. B., M. H., J. M. (deceased), James (subject), M. A. (deceased), G. W., T. E. (deceased), A. C, M. J., N. T., F. P. and Reed. James Fisher worked on the home farm until twenty-one years of age, when he entered the Confederate service, enlisting in the Twenty-second Regiment, Tennessee Infantry, with which he remained one year. He was then transferred to the Third Kentucky, and served with that regiment until the close of the war in 1865. Among the battles in which his regiment was engaged were the following: Belmont, Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Parker’s Cross Roads, Brice’s Cross Roads, near Guntown, Miss., and Harrisburg, where he lost his left arm. At the close of the war he attended school one year, and then commenced teaching, in which profession he achieved very flattering success. He purchased a tract of woodland in Ballard County shortly after the war, and almost unaided has cleared a beautiful farm doing all the chopping and heavy work with his one arm. On the 18th of July, 1869, he was married to Nannie J., daughter of Eber and Clarissa (Jennings) Phillips, of Alabama. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher have four children: George, Dora, Ora B. and Idyl M. In 1870 Mr. Fisher was elected to the office of tax assessor, which position he filled for eight years. He was elected county clerk in August, 1882, and holds that office at the present time. He is a member of the K. of H., of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and votes with the Democratic party.

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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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