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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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PROF. JOHN W. ADAMS was born February 7, 1845, in Robertson County, Tenn., where he grew to manhood, and in 1879 removed to Hopkins County, Ky., where he remained until 1883, when he came to Ballard County, where he now resides. His father, William S. Adams, a Baptist minister, also a native of Robertson County, was born in 1822. He is the son of Reuben Adams, who was born in North Carolina and died in 1870, at the age of seventy years. William S. was twice married: first to Mary E. (born in 1827, died in 1869), daughter of Benjamin Batts. Their offspring are our subject, Gus. H., William C., Thomas B., Josiah V. and Mary E. To his second marriage were born William H. and Gracie. Subject procured a good English education and has taught school for about ten years. On July 25, 1872, he married Miss Laura, daughter of William and Harriet (Bourland) McLean, of Madisonville, Ky. (born March 31, 1853), and to them have been born Wayland W. and Wade L. Subject was formerly successfully engaged as a tobacco factor, but is at present farming. He is a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, and in politics is 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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