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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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LEVI C. ROARK was born September 20, 1841, in Montgomery County, Tenn., removed with his parents in 1848,to McCracken County, Ky., where he grew to manhood, and in 1875, to Ballard County, where he has since resided. His father, Charles Roark, a farmer of Wythe County, Va., was born in 1800, and died in 1865. He was the son of Timothy, of Virginia, who died in 1804. Charles married Sarah Rudolph, of Montgomery County, Tenn. (born in 1802 and died in 1883), and from this union sprang James B., Margaret J. (Bonds), Henry E., William R., Mary S. (Armistead), Jacob M., John L., Charles T., subject, Virgil T. and David L. On March 20, 1861, subject married Miss Sarah E., daughter of John and Nancy (Cox) Frank, of McCracken County (born in 1840, and died July 24, 1878), to whom was born one child, Avery S. Subject was next married, September 15, 1880, to Miss Caroline C. Frank, sister of his first wife (born in 1837, and died December 24, 1880). On March 20, 1883, he married Miss Lula Elliott, of Ballard County (born in 1861). In 1880 he commenced business as general merchant, in which he has met with fair success. He has been twelve years an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is deputy G. M. of this district of I. O. O. F. He is also a member of the council of the village corporation, 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 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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