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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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ROBERT W. GRAY, Hickman County, was born in Mississippi County, Mo., April 29, 1857, and is the second of six children born to John C. and Mary R. (Jordan) Gray, natives of Hickman County, Ky., and of English and Irish descent, respectively. In early life, John C. Gray engaged in agricultural pursuits, and continued the same all his life, being one of the most extensive farmers of eastern Missouri. At one time he had over 1000 acres in cultivation in Mississippi County, Mo., besides other lands in Hickman County, Ky. His father, William Gray, served under Gen. Jackson at the battle of New Orleans, and his grandson, our subject, has in his possession a gun and hunter’s horn which once belonged to him. John C. Gray’s death occurred March 20, 1883, in his fifty-third year. He was an adherent of the Catholic faith and a member of the Masonic fraternity. Robert W. Gray received a good academic education at Columbus, Ky. At the age of nineteen, he took charge of his father’s farm, assisted by his brother, Shapley P. Gray, and continued the same for some four years. In the meantime he diligently pursued the study of law, was admitted to the bar in Hickman County in 1882, and practiced his profession at Columbus until March, 1884, when he has appointed local clerk of the Anchor Steamboat line at Columbus, which position he still holds. Mr. Gray is related on his mother’s side to John C. Calhoun of South Carolina, and Gov. Thomas T. Crittenden of Missouri. He is a member of the Baptist 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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