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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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R. C. WHITESIDE was born in Clinton County, Ky., January 20, 1838, and is the first of eight children born to O. H. P. and Eliza (Campbell) Whiteside, natives of Kentucky and of German and Scotch descent respectively. His grandfather was Joel Whiteside, who married a Miss Lynch. He was the son of Robin Whiteside, who was born in Germany. The grandfather on the mother’s side was Isaac Campbell, who married a Miss Wells; he was a son of Col. William Campbell, who married a Miss Dean, was a colonel in the Revolution and commanded at King’s Mountain. The grandparents were slaveholders. R. C. was reared in Creelsborough, Ky. He received a limited education and lived with his parents till he was twenty-two years old, when he hired to work in a mill. He moved with his parents to Iowa in 1856; he returned to Ballard in 1857, settled in the neighborhood of Ogden’s Landing and located where he now resides on fifty-four acres of land, which is in a good state of cultivation. He enlisted in September, 1861, in Company B, Third Kentucky Infantry, under J. H. Bowman, captain, Tilghman colonel commanding. He was in the battles of Shiloh, Baton Rouge, Corinth, Miss.; Jackson, Miss.; Farmington, Paducah, Guntown and Harrisburg. He was wounded in the left thigh and left arm, and remained in the hospital until March, 1865; was on furlough, when paroled at Grenada, Miss., in May, 1865. He returned home and engaged in farming, saw-milling and threshing. He was married in October, 1867, to Vitula Duncan, a native of Daviess County, Ky., and daughter of Samuel and Hannah (Muffit) Duncan, who were natives of Daviess and Breckinridge Counties, Ky., respectively, of Scotch and German descent. To Mr. and Mrs. Whiteside were born five children: Samuel O., Flora B., Ella, Jesse C. (deceased), and Leslie. Subject and his wife are Baptists, and were both members of the Grange. Mr. Whiteside was Master in the Lodge. He was elected justice in August, 1883. He cast his first presidential vote for John C. Breckinridge, in 1860. He now votes the Democratic ticket.

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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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