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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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HENRY GEORGE was born March 2, 1847, in Graves County, Ky. His parents were Brinkley and Elizabeth (Golden) George. The father was a farmer. His death occurred in 1860, aged seventy-seven; the mother died in 1853, aged fifty-two. The subject of this sketch was reared on a farm. He enlisted in the Confederate service, Company A, Seventh Kentucky Regiment, November 5, 1861, and served until the close of the war. He took part in the battles of Shiloh, siege of Vicksburg, Port Hudson, Baker’s Creek, Jackson and Corinth. After that the regiment was mounted infantry, under Gen. Forrest. He then took part in the battles of Paducah, Brice’s Cross Roads, Harrisburg and Oxford, then at Athens, Sulphur Trestle and Pulaski. The regiment was with Hood at Spring Hill, Franklin, Nashville, Monter Valley, and Selma. Besides these battles he took part in many dangerous skirmishes. He was wounded three times, but not seriously. He was taken prisoner at Selma, and was in confinement eight days, when he made his escape, and returned to Forrest’s command at once. After the war he returned to his brother’s farm, where his father died, and attended school in that locality for two years. Later he taught school two terms, then went to merchandising at Dukedom; in this business he has continued ever since. Mr. George moved to Wingo in 1872, and is now the eldest dry goods merchant in the place. He does an extensive business, his sales running from $11,000 to $18,000 yearly. He represented Graves County in the legislature of 1877 and 1878. From 1879 to 1882 he served as State senator. He was the originator of the bill for the relief of the penitentiary, which measure was afterward adopted by the succeeding legislature without any change in phraseology. His marriage occurred October 19, 1871, to Miss Mollie Galloway, daughter of D. M. and Martha Galloway, of Graves County. This marriage has been blessed by the birth of two children: Edward M, and Henry, Jr. Mr. George is one of the live go-ahead, thrifty men, such as are needed to build up a community, and whose influence is always felt in any worthy enterprise.

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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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