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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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McD. FERGUSON was born May 16, 1858, in Montgomery County, Tenn., and is the first of three children (two boys) born to John D. and Zilpha (Vaughan) Ferguson, natives of Massachusetts and Montgomery County Tenn., respectively, and of Scotch and English origin. Zilpha Ferguson is the daughter of Granderson and Elizabeth (Nevel) Vaughan. They came to Ballard County in an early day, and settled on the farm, on part of which G. Northington now lives, and where they had purchased about 2,000 acres in all. The grandfather Vaughan came to this place in an early day, where he lived till his wife died about 1866, when he moved to Louisville, where he engaged in the tobacco business till his death, in January, 1879. The business is still run in the name of G. Vaughan & Co. He owned a number of negroes before the war, and was the architect of his own fortune. John D. Ferguson came to Ballard County about 1859, and settled on 550 acres in the north part, which he improved; a few years ago he moved to McCracken County, near Paducah. McD. Ferguson was reared on a farm, received a good common school education and taught one term of school. He commenced the study of law in 1879, attended a course of lectures at Louisville, Ky., and has studied with Judge Marshall since. He is now farming and living on about 600 acres owned by his mother. He cast his first presidential vote for Hancock and English.

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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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