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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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JOSEPH KENNEDY, Hickman County (deceased), was born August 9, 1820, in Bourbon County, Ky., where he grew to manhood; in 1849 he came to Hickman County, where he resided until his death April 27, 1885. His father, Jesse Kennedy, a native of Bourbon County, was born in 1787, and died at the same place in 1863. He commanded a “pack-horse” brigade in the war of 1812, and was four times representative in the legislature. He was the son of Thomas, a native of Maryland, who was born in 1744, went to Virginia in 1775, to Bourbon County in 1776, to Strades Station in 1779; was a carpenter and mason, and died in 1827. He was the son of John, of Ireland, who was kidnapped, and sold in Maryland. Jesse married Mary Waugh, who died in 1828. Their children are: Thomas, Franklin, Jesse G., subject, Washington, George, William W. and Mary M. (Kennedy), Joseph Kennedy was married February 24, 1848, to Miss Elizabeth A., daughter of Milton P. and Rebecca (Miller) Wheat, of Columbia, Ky., and to them were born: Milton J. (deceased), Jo-Ella (Winter), who died August 16, 1884, Julia A. (Bell), Thomas G. (deceased), Susan M. (Salmon), Sarah F. (Smith), Allie W. (Deweese). Mr. Kennedy was a farmer, and owned 370 acres of valuable and productive land in a fine state of cultivation. He was an active member of the Christian Church, and in politics was a Democrat.

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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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