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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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G. J. BINFORD was born in this county October 5, 1830, and is a son of Robert S. and Mary Ann (Jarratt) Binford. The father was a native of Goochland County, Va., and came to this county in 1827, being one of the earliest settlers here. He was killed here in 1837, while making the senatorial race from this district. His brother, Thomas Binford, was the first man to erect a house in the vicinity of Clinton. Gideon J. Binford grew to manhood on the farm. His means of education were so limited that he never attended school a year altogether. However, he has educated himself to a considerable extent, and is what might be called a self-made man. When a young man he moved to Fulton County, where in 1858 he was elected one of the magistrates of the county, and served in that capacity until the breaking out of the war. August, 1861, he raised a company of infantry from this county and Fulton, which was placed in the Seventh Regiment, Confederate States Army, and he was made captain of Company B. He was wounded at the battle of Shiloh and disabled from infantry duty. As soon as he was able he returned to Clinton, and made up a company of cavalry which formed part of the Twelfth Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate States Army. He served with this regiment until February, 1865, when he was taken prisoner and remained in confinement until the close of the war. Upon his return to this county, he farmed two years, and then turned his attention to merchandising, settling at Moscow. He followed that business until the spring of 1874, and in August of the same year was elected to the office of county judge, was re-elected and served until 1882. In August, 1883, he was elected representative to the legislature from this county and Fulton, and is still serving in that capacity. He also owns a farm of 292 acres, situated one mile southeast of Clinton, about 150 acres being in cultivation. Mr. Binford was married in March, 1852, to Miss Mary S. May, of Fayette County, Tenn. She died in April, 1854, leaving one son. His second marriage was in October, 1858, to Miss Mathina Wall, of Fulton County, Ky. This lady died in 1866, leaving two children, a son and a daughter. In December, 1867, Capt. Binford married Miss Lucy Hicks, of Fulton County, who died in January, 1869. In December, 1869, he was married to Miss Anna A. Hall of this county. This union has been blessed with seven children, one son and six daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Binford are members of the Christian Church. He is also a member of the I. O. O. F. and of the A. F. & A. M.

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This family biography is one of 142 biographies included in the Hickman 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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