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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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A. D. COLLINS, Fulton County, was born July 29, 1834, in Graves County, Ky., and is the eldest of three sons born to Jeremiah and Wanda (Dupree) Collins, natives of Murray and Williamson Counties, Tenn., and of English descent. The father died in 1840. A. D. remained at home with his mother until he become of age, meantime receiving a common school education. In 1850 he began clerking in a dry goods house in Feliciana. There he remained about four years, and then returned home, where he remained about two years. In 1858 he embarked in the dry goods business at Cedar Hill with J. H. Wooldridge. At the breaking out of the war he came to Fulton and clerked for William Wooldridge, who was running the first store in the town. In September, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, of the Seventh Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, Confederate States Army; he was elected second lieutenant. At the battle of Shiloh he was wounded in the left leg, which disabled him from any further service, and he was discharged. He returned home, and as soon as he was able turned his attention to farming. This he followed until the close of the war. In 1867, in connection with his brother, he started a general store at Fulton, under the firm name of A. D. & V. A. Collins. They remained in business some five years, when V. A. retired, and A. D. continued for himself until 1880. He then sold out and commenced in the grocery business under the firm name of Beard & Collins. Two years later the firm was changed to Moore & Collins. This firm is still doing business in Fulton. Subject has served several terms as village trustee. Mr. Collins was married in December, 1871, to Miss Ella Shelton, of Paducah, a daughter of L. D. Shelton, and a native of Virginia. Four children bless this union, viz.: Hettie F., Alfonzo D., Jeremiah and Lillian C. Mrs. Collins is a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Collins is a member of the K. of H. fraternity.

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This family biography is one of 114 biographies included in the Fulton 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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