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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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OSCAR F. BRIDGMAN, of Hickman County, was born in North Carolina, August 2, 1835, and is one of fourteen children born to Joshua and Elizabeth (Beasley) Bridgman, the former of whom was a native of the “Old Dominion,” and the latter of North Carolina. They were of German and English descent, respectively. Joshua Bridgman, when a young man, removed to North Carolina, where he was afterward married, and where he was engaged in planting until about 1840, when he came with his family to Hickman County, Ky., and bought a farm near the present site of the village of Oakton, where he resided for some five or six years. He then removed to the southern part of Ballard County, Ky., where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred December 3, 1883, in his eightieth year. Oscar F. Bridgman was employed on his father’s farm until he was twenty-one years old. He then farmed on shares in Ballard County for a short time, after which he removed to Massac County, Ill., where he bought a farm and resided for about two years. He then returned to Ballard County, Ky., where he remained until 1875, when he came to Hickman County. Here he farmed on a rented farm for about three years, and then bought a farm some two miles east of Columbus, where he resides. He was married in 1858 to Miss Margaret A. Thomas, a native of Robertson County, Ky. Eight children have blessed their union, six of whom, three sons and three daughters, are yet living. Both Mr. Bridgman and wife are members of the Baptist Church. In politics he is a Republican.

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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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