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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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DR. GEORGE BEELER, Hickman County, was born December 21, 1830, in Jefferson County, Ky. He is a son of George and Hannah (Stansbury) Beeler. The father was born in east Tennessee and died in 1850, aged sixty-seven years. The mother was born in Bullitt County, Ky., and died December 21, 1830. Mr. Beeler, being the son of a farmer, was thoroughly drilled in farm work when comparatively a boy. He remained on his father’s farm in Jefferson County until 1851, but being ambitious to acquire a more thorough education than could be had in the common schools of his neighborhood, he was influenced by a dear friend and former preceptor, Simon Snyder, to enter Clinton Seminary, an institution of learning in Clinton, Hickman Co., Ky., where he remained until January, 1853, and then commenced the study of medicine under Dr. John S. Ray, of Clinton. After one year’s study he went to Louisville and continued his studies with Dr. Robert Breckinridge, professor of Materia Medica in the Kentucky School of Medicine. After taking a preliminary course in the Kentucky School of Medicine, he went to Lexington where he entered the medical department of Transylvania University. He graduated in the class of 1855 and then returned to Clinton, where he practiced until the following fall; he then went to Philadelphia and took a course of medical lectures in the Jefferson Medical College and received his second degree from that institution, in March, 1856. He then returned to Clinton, where he has been since, actively engaged in his chosen profession. Dr. Beeler was married November 18,1856, to Viola Whayne, of Ballard County, Ky. This union has been blessed with an interesting family of children, of whom two sons and five daughters are living, Blanche the eldest is the wife of the Rev. J. W. Higbee, of Mexico, Mo., and Love is the wife of J. L. Moss, county clerk of Hickman County. The doctor has been president of the South western Kentucky Medical Association, twice vice president of the State Medical Association and is a permanent member of the District, State and American Medical Associations; during the war of the Rebellion he was post surgeon during the occupation of Clinton by the Federal forces under Col. Moore, Maj. Moore and Maj. Hendrix. He is also a member of the Christian Church.

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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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