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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 H. BUCHANAN, Esq., was born March 23, 1833, in Warren County, N. C., and in 1847 removed with his parents to Montgomery County, Tenn., then in 1849 to Christian County, Ky., and in 1858 to Ballard County, where he has since resided. His father, James Buchanan, a native of North Carolina, died in 1873, at the age of sixty-five years. He was the son of James, a Revolutionary soldier. Subject’s mother, Martha T., daughter of Jones and Nancy (Reeves) Mabry, of North Carolina, died in 1870, aged sixty-three years. To her and husband were born: subject, Emily D. (Gee), and Susan R. (O’Donley). Our subject was married, November 30, 1854, to Miss Martha A., born October 15, 1838, daughter of James and Mary R. (Lee) O’Donley, of Christian County, and from this union sprang James H. (deceased), Leonard A., William W., Althea M. (Jeter), Marion L., Thaddeus E., Susan M., John E., Nettie B., R. C., Ernest and Allie. Subject is a farmer, owning 337 acres of land, 160 of which are in a high state of cultivation. He is very successful in growing fine tobacco, having received $1.25 per pound for that article. He has long been an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics 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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