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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. LUCIAN ANDERSON, Graves County, was born June 23, 1824, in Mayfield. He is a son of John and Nancy (Davenport) Anderson. John Anderson was born in Greenville District, S. C.; when a boy he came with his parents to Caldwell County, Ky.; in 1820 he came to this locality and laid out the town of Mayfield; he soon after was appointed county and circuit clerk; this office he held until the time of his death, which occurred November 24, 1842. Mrs. Nancy Anderson was born in Halifax County, Va.; she died January 13, 1864, aged sixty-nine. Lucian Anderson after leaving school entered his father’s office; there he was employed until the death of his father; after this was in the clerk’s office with his brother, until twenty years old; he then took up the study of law with his brother-in-law, R. L. Mayes, and was admitted to the bar October 30, 1845, at Hopkinsville. He then opened a law office at Mayfield and continued the practice of his profession until 1879, since which time he has retired from the business. In 1851 he was elected county attorney, but soon after resigned this office; in 1855 he was elected to the State legislature, and served one term; in 1863 he was elected to congress, and served one term; while a member of this body, he voted for the Thirteenth Amendment, abolishing slavery, throughout the United States, which was adopted January 31, 1865, by the house of representatives; in 1882 he, with Mr. Beadles, organized the Bank of Mayfield, and Mr. Anderson was chosen president, which position he still holds; in 1864, he was delegated to the Republican National Convention, which re-nominated President Lincoln. Mr. Anderson was married October 22, 1846, to Miss Ann R., daughter of Dr. R. D. Lockridge, well and favorably known in Graves County. These parents have had nine children, five of whom are living: Robert L., a graduate of Wabash College and now practicing law in Ocala, Fla.; Herbert L., also a graduate of the same college, and now practicing law in Kansas City, Mo.; he is also United States post office inspector at that point; Richard M., recently a graduate of the same college, and now practicing law at Mayfield; and two daughters living at home with their parents.

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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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