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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 AUSTIN was born January 12, 1836, in Graves County. He is a son of Rev. P. W. Austin and Sallie (Gilbert) Austin. The father was born in North Carolina; he died September 24, 1872, aged seventy-five. The mother was born in Dickson County, Tenn.; she died in December, 1883, aged seventy-five. James was brought up on his father’s farm, and taught school about three and one-half years, after which he carried on farming and teaching till 1865; he then served as deputy sheriff four years. February 15, 1869, he was appointed to fill the vacancy of county clerk; this position he held until August 5, 1869. In the fall of 1869 he was appointed deputy circuit clerk, and on May 11, 1871, he was elected circuit clerk; he held the office till September 1, 1880. In the following April he became associated with the Mayfield Mill, with which he has been connected ever since. He was married March 25, 1860, to Miss Elizabeth Carter, of Graves County. They have had seven children, five of whom are living, three sons and two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Austin are members of the Baptist 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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