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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. J. GREIF was born in Paducah, Ky., February 22, 1857. He is the first of nine children—five boys and four girls—born to Nicholas and Margaret (Fitzgerald) Greif, natives respectively of Germany and New York City, the mother of Irish descent. The father landed in New York City with his parents about the year 1833, and came direct to Paducah, Ky., where the grandfather entered and improved lands about eight miles southwest of Paducah, and where he died of cholera about 1839. The father of our subject has been engaged in the livery business in Paducah for many years. A. J. was reared in Paducah and remained with his parents until he was sixteen years old, when he was made agent at Mayfield for the M. P. & N. Railway; eighteen months later, in the fall of 1876, he was made agent for the same road. In January, 1881, he went to Toledo, Ohio, where he was made agent of the T. C. & St. L. Railway. Here he remained until December, 1881, when he went to Mexico as assistant cashier of the Mexican Central Railway. In November, 1882, sickness compelled him to quit the country, when he returned to Fulton, Ky., where he was engaged as bill clerk. He is now agent for the Illinois Central at Fulton. He is an efficient railroad man, and a good telegraph operator. He is financial secretary of the Home Guardian Insurance Company of Cincinnati, Ohio; he was formerly a member of the G.A.R., is a member of the K. of H. He was married to Miss Mary Boaz, of Fulton County, Ky., January 15, 1881. She is a native of Murray County, and a daughter of Dr. C. D. and Susan (Oury) Boaz, natives of Virginia and Tennessee respectively. This union was blessed by the birth of two children, Albert D. and Gretchen. Mr. Greif is a member of the Roman Catholic Church and his wife of the Christian Church.

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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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