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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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JAMES ANDERSON, Graves County, was born May 10, 1839, in Coffee County, Tenn., and is the fifth of fifteen children born to John W. and Sarah (Darnell) Anderson, natives of Tennessee and of Irish and German descent. Peter and Sina Anderson and James and Elizabeth Darnell were the names of subject’s grandparents. His father was a soldier in the Mexican war and was also in the Confederate Army; was a teacher from the age of eighteen until forty-four; was elected clerk of the county court of Coffee County before he returned from the Mexican war, and also was engaged in surveying for a land company. James Anderson was reared at Manchester, Tenn., and until thirteen years old, and was then taken to the country; in 1862 he removed to Paris, Ill., remained there seven years blacksmithing and in 1869 returned to middle Tennessee, where he farmed four years; then for nearly five years he farmed in Gibson County, and in 1877 came to his present place, where he now owns ninety-two acres of well cultivated land. In August, 1858, he married Sarah J. Waggoner, a native of Knox County, Tenn., and daughter of John and Rebecca (Nelson) Waggoner. His union has been blessed with twelve children, viz.: Mary E. (deceased), Florence, John W., Ada, James, Jacob H., Sarah R., Maggie, Mattie, Theodosia, Lonzo and Roscoe, who have received a good education in preference to anything else. Mrs. Anderson is a member of the Methodist; Episcopal 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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