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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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JOHN TAYLOR, Ballard County, was born May 6, 1832, in Nash County, N. C. He is the youngest of six children born to John and Mary (Weaver) Taylor, natives of North Carolina and Maryland, respectively, and of English and Scotch descent on the father’s side; Irish and Scotch on the mother’s side. The grandfather, John Taylor, was a soldier for five years during the Revolution. He was born in England. Our subject was partly reared on a farm; was but three years old when his mother died and thirteen when his father died. At this tender age he was thrown upon his own resources, working at anything he could find to do. At the age of seventeen he commenced the carpenter’s trade, and worked in Virginia and North Carolina. He followed his trade for about twenty years exclusively. In October, 1855, he moved to Paducah. In the spring of 1856 he moved to Woodville, and lived in the vicinity until 1873, with the exception of two years, between 1859 and 1862, when he lived in Independence County, Ark., where he had purchased 500 acres of land, which he afterward sold, and returned to McCracken County, Ky. In 1873 he moved to where he now resides, in Ballard County, on ninety-three acres of land in good condition. In 1878 he was elected justice; after one year’s experience, having no desire to hold an office, he resigned. He has been school trustee several terms. Mr. Taylor was married November 12, 1857, to Myra E. Beck, of McCracken County, Ky., a daughter of Dr. Jesse and Mary (Woodard) Beck, natives of Virginia and Tennessee respectively. To this marriage several children were born: John W., Laurie E., now Penn; Mary E., Fernando E., Anna M., Gertrude (deceased) and Lillie (deceased). Mr. Taylor is a Mason and was one of the principal members of the Grange. He cast his first presidential vote for James Buchanan and has voted the Democratic ticket ever since. His wife and three of his children are members of the Christian Church; he is a member of no church.

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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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