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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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R. A. BROWDER was born August 10, 1840, four miles west of Fulton. He is the eighth of eleven children born to David and Mary (Smith) Browder, whose sketch appears above. R. A. was reared on a farm, received a common school education, and lived with his parents until he enlisted, September 16, 1861, in Company A, Seventh Kentucky Infantry, Confederate States Army, under Capt. J. G. Purtle, Charles Wickliffe colonel commanding. He participated in the following battles: Shiloh, first bombardment of Vicksburg, Baton Rouge, bombardment of Port Hudson, Corinth, Champion Hills, siege of Jackson (Miss.), Paducah (Ky.), Brice’s Cross Roads, Athens (Ala.), Sulphur Trestle and Pulaski, Tenn. He was wounded three times at Shiloh, in the left hand, right hip and left side; was slightly wounded in the left wrist at Corinth. He was first under Polk and Cheatham; after the battle of Shiloh he was transferred to Breckinridge; then under Joseph Johnston, and lastly under Buford and Forrest; he enlisted as a private and was promoted until he reached the rank of third lieutenant. He was paroled at Columbus, Miss., May, 1865, returned home to Fulton County, and engaged in farming until September, 1875, when he took charge of a Grange store for two years as agent in Fulton. He next went into the tobacco, farming implement and machinery business, in which he is still engaged. He established the first permanent planing-mill in Fulton, in 1883. Mr. Browder owns a large agricultural store, also has an interest in a furniture store. He started in life with eighty acres of land given him by his father; he is one of the most industrious and energetic men in Fulton. He was married October 29, 1872, to Miss Philomela Patterson, a native of Indian Territory, reared in southwest Missouri and daughter of Dr. S. G. and Sarah A. (McDowell) Patterson, natives of New Hampshire and Missouri, respectively of Scotch-Irish and Irish origin. To Mr. and Mrs. Browder were born three children, viz.: Willie McDowell (deceased), Bessie (born March, 1881), and Robert Samuel (born March 5, 1884). Mr. Browder and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he was formerly a member of the Grange and K. of G. C.

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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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