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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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HON. H. S. HALE, Graves County, president of the First National Bank, Mayfield, was born May 4, 1836, in Warren County, Ky. At the age of ten he came with his parents, Nicholas and Rhoda Hale, to Graves County, where he was reared on the farm, and attended the schools of the community. After completing his studies at the academy at Mayfield he entered a store as clerk, where he remained two or three years, after which he with his brother, W. H. Hale, engaged in merchandising, and continued about three years. In 1861 he entered the Confederate Army, in the Seventh Kentucky Regiment; having raised a company, he was chosen captain, and at the reorganization of the regiment, in 1862, he was elected major; he held this position until the consolidation of the Third and Seventh Regiments; he was then appointed lieutenant-colonel of the consolidated regiments; this position he held until the close of the war. He then returned to Graves County, and continued merchandising one year, after which he was elected sheriff, and served two terms. In 1871 he was elected to the State senate, and was a member of this body till 1875. On his return he solicited the subscription to the capital stock and organized the bank and was chosen president, which position he has since honorably filled. In 1884 Mr. Hale took part and became the leading spirit in raising the funds and constructing the buildings of West Kentucky College, located at Mayfield, and was made president of the board of trustees. He was married November, 1865, to Miss V. A. Gregory, of Mississippi; they have had nine children, five of whom are living, three sons and two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Hale, eldest daughter and two eldest sons are members of the Christian Church.

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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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