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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. M. DeBOW was born June 29, 1844, in Sumner County, Tenn., and is a son of Dr. A. M. and N. G. DeBow, the former a native of Virginia, and the latter of Louisiana. The mother’s maiden name was Brevard and she came of an old French family, her ancestors having come to America in a very early day. They were the parents of thirteen children, viz.: Nan M., wife of Dr. G. Burnett; John B., deceased; William A., deceased; R. G.; G. A.; Solomon, deceased; Hannah, deceased; A. M.; subject; A.B.; Laura E., deceased; H. M.; James, deceased; and Eva St. Clair, wife of John Love. Our subject remained with his parents until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in the Second Tennessee Confederate Cavalry and served under Gen. N. B. Forrest, in the Western campaign, participating in the battles of Franklin, Brice’s Cross Roads, Guntown, Tupelo, Okolona, Shiloh, Nashville; Murfreesborough, and a number of other engagements; he was taken prisoner in 1865, and paroled at Gainesville, Ala., after which he went to Hartsville, Tenn. In 1866 he started West, and on the way stopped in Fulton County, Ky., which he decided to make his future place of residence. He came to Hickman in 1872 and engaged as clerk in the store of Millett & Roulhac, with whom he remained two years, afterward taking service with Henry Buchanan, and still later with W. L. McCutchen. In 1876 he started a grocery store in partnership with R. M. Matheny, with whom he remained a short time; he next opened a general grocery store under the firm name of DeBow & Co., and afterward closed out his interest and engaged as clerk with the Plaut Bros., where he remained about a year. In 1882 he entered the county clerk’s office as deputy and served in that capacity for fourteen months, and in 1883, in partnership with J. E. Fuqua, opened a wholesale tobacco and grocery house, with which he is still connected. He was married December 12, 1876, to Ida V., daughter of John and Mary P. (Ivey) Fuqua. This union was blessed with three children, two of whom are still living—Ivey and Archie E. Mr. and Mrs. DeBow are members of the Methodist Church. He is a member of the K. of H., Royal Templars of Temperance, and in politics is a Democrat.

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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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