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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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THOMAS EDWARDS, farmer, was born June 8, 1833, in Graves County, Ky., and is the third of five children born to John and Sally (Nowell) Edwards, natives of North Carolina and Trigg County, Ky., respectively. The father was of German and Irish origin, was a soldier of 1812, and one of the first settlers of Graves County, having settled there about 1820, and having entered 160 acres of land which he improved, receiving his supplies at Hickman, on the Mississippi River. Thomas Edwards enlisted in Company A, Seventh Kentucky Infantry, Gid Brinford, captain, Faulkner, colonel commanding, in 1862. He was wounded in the hip in the first skirmish, which disabled him from any further service. He returned home in about four months and engaged at farming. In March, 1869, he moved with his family to a farm three miles northwest of Blandville; later sold and moved on the adjoining place on which he now resides, and which contains 125 acres in good condition, embellished with good buildings. He was married in March, 1852, to Sarah Clapp, of Graves County, Ky., a daughter of William and Stacy (Pryor) Clapp. His wife died in November, 1852, and he was next married in October, 1856, to Mrs. Emily Oldham, of Hickman County, and born in Clinton; she was a daughter of A. P. and Susan Hall, of Irish descent. To this union were born three children, two living, Sallie A. (now Wotwood) and John P. Mr. Edwards and wife were formerly members of the Grange. He cast his first presidential vote for Buchanan in 1856, and is still a Democrat.

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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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