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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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HON. J. R. LUTEN, Fulton County, was born March 6, 1843, in Moscow, Hickman Co., Ky., and is the fourth of eight children born to Dr. Samuel B. and Mary A. (Ashburn) Luten, natives of Bertie County, N. C., and Logan County, Ky., respectively. The father came to Moscow in 1828. Subject’s education was received at the Moscow Seminary and Boll Forest Academy, near Union City, Tenn. At the breaking out of the war he enlisted in Faulkner’s regiment, Capt. H. A. Tyler’s company, of Forrest’s cavalry. At Florence, Ala., in the fall of 1863, he was captured, but was soon after paroled and never entered the service again. He turned his attention to farming, but in 1865 began the study of medicine. In 1866-67 he attended a course of lectures at the Jefferson Medical College at Philadelphia, and in 1867-68 he attended the medical department of the Louisiana State University, from which he received his diploma. He returned to Kentucky and settled in Wesley, Hickman County, where he remained until 1875. He then went to Fulton, where he has since resided. He now has a very fair practice and is becoming more successful every year. In 1881 he was elected to the legislature from Fulton and Hickman Counties. Dr. Luten was married in September, 1868, to Miss Kate Browder, of Fulton County, and daughter of David and Mary (Smith) Browder. The father was a native of Hopkins County, Ky., and of English descent; the mother of Muhlenburgh County, and of Dutch descent. They came to Fulton County in 1827. Mrs. Luten is the mother of four children: Samuel D., Mary, Wiley R. and Horace.

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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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