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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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ARTHUR KING was born July 20, 1840, in Decatur County, Tenn., and is the sixth of a family of ten children born to Hilsman and Matilda (Bruce) King, the father a native of North Carolina, and the mother of Tennessee. The paternal grandfather of subject was Stephen King, who emigrated from the Carolinas at an early day, and settled in Decatur County, Tenn., where he died in 1850, aged seventy-five or eighty years. The maternal grandfather was Amos Bruce, who departed this life in Benton, Tenn., in 1850. The father of subject was a farmer, and came to Fulton County in 1867, locating about three miles south of Hickman, on the Troy Road. Mrs. King, mother of subject, died about the year 1856. The father was next married, in 1859, to Amanda Hodge, of Tennessee, by whom he had one child. Mr. and Mrs. King were cruelly murdered in November, 1882, and their household robbed. Arthur remained under parental control until twenty years of age, when he enlisted in Company G, Eighth Confederate Arkansas Volunteer Infantry, with which regiment he served two years, at the end of which time he was discharged on account of ill health. After his discharge he went to Arkansas and from there to Mississippi, where he again enlisted, this time in the Third Mississippi Cavalry, with which he served under Gen. N. B. Forrest, until the close of the war. He came to Fulton County in 1867, remaining with his parents one year, at the end of which time he went to Jackson, Tenn., where he found employment in a restaurant, which business he followed about three years. In 1870, he came back to Fulton County, and purchased a farm of seventy-five acres, which he sold in 1882, and purchased his present place of 243 acres of choice land, lying three miles southeast of Hickman. Mr. King was married May 12, 1870, to Sarah H., daughter of Jesse and Harriet Tams. Mr. and Mrs. King are the parents of four children— Ernest Lee, Lena Rivers, Nettie and Katie. Mr. King is a member of the K. of H.; in politics votes with the Democratic party, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist 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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