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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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S. F. RICHARDSON, Ballard County, was born December 27, 1839, in Appomattox County, Va., and is the eighth of eleven children (six boys and five girls) born to T. D. and Martha (Spencer) Richardson, natives of Appomattox and Prince Edward Counties, Va. He lived with his parents on a farm till he was eighteen years of age, when he emigrated to Trigg County, Ky., in the fall of 1858, where he remained one year; thence he went to Christian County, where he farmed for several years; then back to Trigg. In 1875 he moved to McCracken County and farmed two years; then went to Paducah, where he handled tobacco two years, and then came to Lovelaceville, Ballard County. In the fall of 1881 he moved to where he now lives, near Blandville, and engaged in farming. In the fall of 1864 he enlisted in Col. Woodward’s regiment, was in two skirmishes, and returned home after three months’ service. He was married in November, 1863, to Mattie B. Settle, of Christian County, daughter of Josiah and Amy D. (Martin) Settle, natives of North Carolina and Kentucky. There were born to this union eight children, seven living: Addie L., Thomas T., Susie H., J. Settle, Rob A., Lillian B., Samuel G. Mr. Richardson and wife are members of the Christian Church. He cast his first presidential vote for Hancock.

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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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