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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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JOHN HOWE, a native of Enniskillen, North Ireland, was born April 24, 1823, a son of Root Howe, the latter a farmer, who, with his family, belonged to the Primitive Wesleyan Methodist Church. John Howe received a common-school education, and remained on the farm until fifteen years of age, when he began to learn the tailor’s trade, and five years later, in 1846, arrived in New York. The same year he settled in Flemingsburg, Fleming Co., Ky., where he engaged in the clothing and tailoring business, but in 1857, on account of cholera, he went to Urbana, Ill., and in 1859 removed to Carrollton, Ky., where he again worked at his trade. In 1865 he engaged in private banking, under the firm name of John Howe & Sons, in which business he continued until 1881, when the National Bank was organized at Carrollton, with Henry M. Winslow as president, and Mr. Howe as vice-president. In 1870 Mr. Howe built the Carrollton Woolen Mill, at an expense of $78,000, a building 100x155 feet, with an L 140 feet. The mill employs eighty hands, and manufactures jeans only, which, are sold, principally, in Chicago, St. Louis, Louisville and New Orleans. June 2, 1846, Mr. Howe married Sarah Brown, a native of Ireland, who died in 1877. In 1880 he married Mrs. Jane Bell, also a native of Ireland, and five children, living, have been born to him, viz.: William F., John I., Root J., Joseph B. and Sallie V. Mr. Howe is a Mason, a Knight Templar, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of which church he is steward. William F. Howe, the eldest son of John Howe, was born in Ireland April 18, 1846, and since the woolen-mill was built, in 1870, he has been business manager. He and his father are the largest stockholders in the mill, the others being Mrs. Sallie Froman (sister of William F.), Joseph, his brother, Mrs. John Howe and J. C. Webster. In October, 1873, William F. Howe married Miss Lou Winslow, daughter of W. B. Winslow, and four children have blessed their union, viz.: Lillie, John, Jennie and Beverly. Mr. Howe has been county treasurer for twelve years, is a Knight Templar, and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

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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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