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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  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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JAMES E. BUCHANAN, a farmer of Gallatin County, Ky., was born in Gallatin County, August 30, 1846. His father, William E. Buchanan, also a native of Gallatin County, was born September 25, 1827, and is a well-to-do farmer by occupation. He married Julia Ann Henry, a native of Bourbon County, and a daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth (Boze) Henry, natives, respectively, of Virginia and Kentucky. Five sons and seven daughters were born to this union, of whom the subject of this sketch is the eldest child. The paternal grandfather of James E. Buchanan, William M. Buchanan, was a native of Virginia, and was born about 1803. He first settled in Switzerland County, Ind., where he lived until 1837, when he moved with his family to Gallatin County, Ky., and settled on a farm near Warsaw. He engaged in merchandising for a short time, was one of the earliest settlers of Gallatin County, and took an active part in the war of 1812. James E. Buchanan has been an active farmer all his life, and is one of Gallatin County’s most successful tobacco raisers; his education was obtained at the common schools, where he acquired a good knowledge of the English branches. August 2, 1865, he married Ellen J. Ellis, native of Gallatin County, and a daughter of James A. and Maria (Foley) Ellis, natives, respectively, of Virginia and Kentucky. The birth of four sons and five daughters followed their union, viz.: James W., Henry F., Thomas M., Richard E., Lucy J., Anna M., Ella, Lenora and Daisy. Politically Mr. Buchanan is a Democrat; he owns a farm of about 200 acres, all well cultivated.

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This family biography is one of 39 biographies included in the Gallatin County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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