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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. H. WEBB was born in what is now the Pickett District, Ballard County, Ky., on June 27, 1848, and is a son of William and Ann Eliza (Woolfolk) Webb. The father was a native of Henry County, Ky., and came with his father to this county, in 1832. The mother was born in Owen County, Ky. Her father, Col. Thomas Woolfolk, was a colonel in a regiment that was enlisted for the battle of New Orleans, but the battle took place before the men arrived there. Col. Woolfolk came to this county with his family about 1833. The parents of our subject were married about 1847, and immediately settled down on part of the farm now owned by the latter. There the father died September 15, 1877. For many years he served as magistrate of the district, and died a member of the Christian Church. The mother died in January, 1863. Our subject was the eldest of seven children, of whom six are now living: Robert H., Hannah, wife of G. A. Thomas, of Bardwell; Julia, wife of W. L. Violett; William, John and Wallace. His education was received in the neighborhood and at Clinton College. He began life for himself at twenty-one, and at present owns about 100 acres, of which there are about seventy-five under cultivation. In 1875 he began teaching school and taught seven sessions. In 1882 he was elected to the office of county examiner, and was re-elected in 1884 While acting in this capacity, he attended the meeting of the examiners of the State, which was held at Louisville, in 1883, and took a very active part in the proceedings. Among the resolutions which he offered was one to the effect that all banks, railroads, and other corporations should be taxed for the benefit of the schools. This resolution was adopted unanimously. He was also chairman of the committee on permanent organization, and was also one of five of a committee that was appointed to confer with a legislative committee, on the amendment of the present school law for the State. He is a member of South Ballard Lodge, No. 499, A. F. and A. M.

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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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