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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 W. BUTTS was born in Carroll County, Ky., June 9, 1840, and is the youngest of five children born to George C. and Mary (Whitehead) Butts, natives respectively of Culpeper County, Va., and Carroll County, Ky. John Butts, the paternal grandfather, was a native of Ireland, but came from Virginia to Kentucky between 1800 and 1805, and settled on the old Boone road, four miles east of Carrollton. George C. Butts was born in 1798, was a farmer, and died March 6, 1871. Our subject’s maternal grandfather, John Whitehead, was a pioneer of Carroll County, and served in the war of 1812 as captain. His settlement was also four miles east of Carrollton. John W. Butts was reared a farmer, but at the age of twenty-two, in September, 1862, enlisted in Col. Giltner’s Fourth Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate service, was made first corporal, and served until the close of the war, taking part in the engagement at Cynthiana, Ky., the siege of Knoxville, and several other severe encounters, and was with Gen. John H. Morgan at his death. In January, 1871, Mr. Butts married Miss Susan Cox, daughter of Benjamin and Ellen (Barrett) Cox, of Carroll County, and there have been born to him four children: Willard, Forrest, Mary and Anna. Mr. Butts resides on his farm of 180 acres, one mile and a half northeast of Carrollton.

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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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