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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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FINIS E. BRANTLY, Graves County, bridge foreman on the C. O. & S. W. Railroad, was born in 1844, in Crittenden County, Ky. At the age of thirteen years he began learning the saddle and harness trade. He continued in that business seven years. He then farmed for a time and later engaged in the saw-mill business. Subsequently he ran a stationary steam engine. He began railroading in 1881, and at the present holds the responsible position above referred to, which position he fills very acceptably. He was jailer one year in Crittenden County, Ky. He is counted among the worthy, responsible and well-to-do citizens of Graves County. Mr. Brantly is a thoroughly temperate man and carries testimonials from the highest authority as having given entire satisfaction to his employers as an engineer, thoroughly competent to run and keep in order either a stationary or a portable steam engine, and particularly cautious in keeping everything in good running order. He was married September, 1866, to Miss Fannie Scott, daughter of Dr. John R. and Sarah E. (Parmley) Scott, both natives of Kentucky. Her father is still living in Caldwell County, Ky. Her mother died August, 1878, aged fifty years, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Brantly have been born five children, of whom, Gillim, Johnnie and Jakie are now living. Charlie died September, 1878, aged four years; Bessie, the youngest, died in August, 1883, at the age of one year. Mrs. Brantly is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Brantly is a member of the I. O. O. F.

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This family biography is one of 91 biographies included in the Graves 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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