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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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SAMUEL E. JOHNSON was born in Fulton County, Ky., October 4, 1847, where he was reared. In 1871 he went to California, and while there graduated at the State Normal, after which he engaged in teaching for five years. In 1878 he returned to his native county, where he has since continued to reside. His father, James G. Johnson, was born in Union County, Ky., in 1811, and removed to Fulton County in youth, where he died in 1860. His wife was Margaret J., daughter of James McClellan, of Fulton County, and from this union sprang Lehella J. (Henderson and McWilliams), William O., James B., George W., Salem P., and subject. Subject was married May 10, 1871, to Miss Annie E. J., daughter of Richard and Jane (DeBow) McConnell of Fulton County (born in 1848 and died in 1876), and to them were born, Eula and Ardel. Mr. Johnson was next married, May 28, 1878, to Miss Alice, daughter of Winfrey B., and Martha (Motheral) McConnell of Fulton County. She was born in 1852. This union has resulted in the birth of two children, viz.: Margaret Inez and Martha Anne. Subject commenced merchandising at Moscow, Ky., in 1877, and in the same year also at Cayce, where his business has grown to such large proportions that he has been compelled to build an extensive brick storehouse for the accommodation of his trade. He, in connection with his brother, is now operating under the firm name of S. E. & G. W. Johnson and in connection with their general merchandising are largely engaged in shipping livestock and produce, having shipped in one year 100 cars of stock. In religion our subject is a stanch Methodist and in politics a Democrat.

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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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