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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  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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ALLEN DONALDSON was born in Georgetown, Brown Co., Ohio, February 4, 1822, and is a son of Andrew and Catherine (Baxter) Donaldson, natives of Ohio and Virginia respectively. Andrew Donaldson was one of the early pioneers of Brown County, Ohio; he owned the land upon which Georgetown now stands, and himself laid the land off in lots for the town; he took part in the war of 1812, and in 1827 moved to Boone County, Ky., where he remained until 1852, when he went to Illinois; he died in 1855. The great-grandfather of our subject was a large estate owner, having owned most of Charlestown, and was the first man to bore for salt in the State. The maternal grandfather of Allen Donaldson, Allen Baxter, was a native of Virginia, and was one hundred and four years old at the time of his death. Allen Donaldson was reared and educated in Boone County, and when a boy learned the cooper’s trade, which he followed until thirty-five years of age. In 1848 he settled in Carrollton, where he engaged extensively in farming; he owns two farms in Carroll County of 270 acres. He was elected captain of a company raised for the Mexican war, from Boone County, but the company was not accepted. In February, 1846, he married Miss Amanda Foster, of Boone County, daughter of Samuel Foster, deceased. Seven children were born to this union, viz.: J. A. (county judge), John W., Alice A., Allen B., Susan, Mollie, and Carrie (deceased.)

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This family biography is one of 46 biographies included in the Carroll County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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