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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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J. W. CORMAN was born January 17, 1839, in the city of Carlisle, Penn., and is a son of George and Mary (Stouffer) Corman, both natives of the same State. Subject’s paternal grandfather was Jacob Corman, whose ancestors came from Germany in an early day; he died about the year 1857. Solomon Stouffer, maternal grandfather, was of German descent also, and died many years ago at an advanced age. The father of our subject followed the occupation of farming and died in 1863, aged fifty years; the mother died in 1840, at the age of forty-six or forty-seven years. Subject started in life for himself at an early age, leaving home when but fourteen years old, and going to Macomb City, Ill., where he was apprenticed to the tinner’s trade. He remained at Macomb for four years, and then went to Blandville, Galloway Co., Ky., where he started in business by opening a stove and tin store. He continued this business until July 4, 1861, at which time he disposed of his store and entered the Confederate Army, enlisting in the third Kentucky Volunteer Infantry, under command of Col. A. P. Thompson. He served during the war in the Western campaign under Gens. Bragg and Johnston, and part of the time was with the cavalry force of Gen. N. B. Forrest. Mr. Corman participated in the hard-fought battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, Port Hudson, Corinth, Harrisburg, Guntown, Murfreesborough, and a number of minor engagements. He was shot in the breast at the battle of Shiloh, and obliged to leave his command for some weeks; he was again wounded at Sulphur Springs, Tenn., receiving a shot in the thigh, which necessitated an absence from his company two months. At the close of the war he came to Hickman and worked at his trade for a period of six years, at the end of which time he went into the hardware, stove and tinnery business with B. D. Thomason. They have one of the largest stocks of hardware in the city, representing a capital of $7,000. Mr. Corman was married in December, 1867, to Mary E., daughter of George and Elizabeth Thomason. To this union have been born two children— Benjamin F. and Alexander D. Mr. Corman is a member of the K. of H. and I. O.O.F. Mrs. Corman is a member of the 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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