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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. COWGILL, Fulton County, son of Rev. N. N. and Mary F. (Miller) Cowgill, was born May 19, 1843, in Jefferson County, Ky. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, and came to Fulton County in 1843. He was rector of St. Paul’s Church (Episcopal), Hickman, from the date of his arrival in the county until 1876, at which time his death occurred, at the age of sixty-five years. His mother was born in Jefferson County, Ky., and died in November, 1882, at the age of sixty-five years. He enjoyed good educational advantages in his youth, and at the age of seventeen, entered Shelby College at Shelbyville, in which institution he remained two years. In 1863 he entered the University of Missouri, at Columbia, from which he graduated two years later. After graduating he was retained as tutor in the University, filling the chair of Latin and mathematics for a period of one year, reading law in the meantime. He was admitted to the bar in 1868, and commenced the active practice of his profession in Hickman, continuing until 1873, at which time he abandoned the profession, and engaged in the drug business, his present vocation. He was elected city judge in 1873, and has also filled the office of county school commissioner. He was married in June, 1866, to Miss Mary H. Duffield, daughter of Saunders B. and Mary E. (Litchfield) Duffield of New Orleans. Mr. and Mrs. Cowgill are the parents of two children— Henry N. and Alice F. Mr. Cowgill is a member of the Masonic fraternity and also of the K. of H., in which order he holds the office of Grand Vice Assistant Dictator of the State. He is a member of the Episcopal Church, as is also his wife.

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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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