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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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S. B. COIL, Ballard County, was born in Pendleton County (now West) Virginia, on February 18, 1842, and is a son of Adam and Dorcas (Morrow) Coil. The father was of German descent, the mother of Irish. In 1848 the parents came to Kentucky, and first settled in Blandville, where the father resided a short time, and subsequently removed to a farm five miles distant. In 1854 he came to Pickett’s District and settled near where our subject now resides. He erected a mill which he ran until his death, February 22, 1864. The mother died in 1871. Our subject was the fifth of seven children, of whom there are now living Elizabeth Mercer, wife of I. E. Mercer, now in Texas; Rebecca, wife of T. H. Corbett, of Frankfort, Ky.; Florence, wife of William L. Garnett, of Louisville, and Samuel B. The last named was educated in the schools of Blandville. At the age of nineteen he began reading law with J. D. White, at Blandville, but after two years’ experience he retired from the profession. He next came to the old home farm, and ran a grist-mill and steam distillery for two years. He then farmed for two years and next went to Blandville, where he traded in stock for three years. He then purchased a farm one mile east of Blandville, and there resided twelve years. From there he came to his present farm, where he now owns 200 acres, of which about seventy-five are in cultivation. He also pays some attention to stock-raising, and in connection with William McCawley, is running a saw-mill. Mr. Coil was married on September 4, 1865, to Miss Margaret M. Thomas, a daughter of William and Catherine (Vallandingham) Thomas, natives of this State. Five children blessed this union, of whom three are now living: Kittie V., James W. and Charles E. This lady died in 1877. On December 8, 1878, Mr. Coil married Miss Susan M. Thomas, a sister of his first wife. This union has resulted in three living children, viz.: Mary E., Norton O. and Bruria L. Mr. Coil has been identified with the Masonic fraternity, and he is also a member of Eureka Lodge, No. 728, K. of H. He has served six years as a constable and two years as deputy sheriff.

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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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