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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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W. T. BARNES, Hickman County, was born in Nash County, N. C., September 21, 1817. He is a son of Benjamin and Temperance (Taylor) Barnes, natives of Nash County, their parents having in an early day immigrated to that county from Virginia. In 1827 the father came to Kentucky and settled in what was then Hickman (now Fulton) County. There he remained nine years, and then moved to Mississippi. In that State he lived only two years, and then moved to Weakley County, Tenn., where he died in November, 1846; the mother died in the May preceding. W. T. Barnes is the eldest son of fifteen children, of whom but six are now living. He remained in Tennessee until 1842, when he came to Fulton County, Ky. He resided there ten years, when he came to this county, and purchased his present farm of 220 acres. He also owns about 160 acres in Graves County. Of the whole there are about 215 acres in cultivation. Mr. Barnes was married in Fulton County, Ky., in September, 1842, to Miss Mary Newton, a daughter of William and Anna (Titsworth) Newton, natives of Tennessee. This lady died in May, 1843, in Stewart County, Tenn. In March, 1845, Mr. Barnes married Miss Fannie A. Weaks, a daughter of William and Polly (Adkins) Weaks, and born in Stewart County; the parents were from Virginia and were among the early settlers of Clarksville. Mrs. Barnes became the mother of eight children, of whom five are now living: Benjamin L., in Graves County; Mary T., wife of E. W. Stevenson; Donna M., wife of Frank B. T. Holland, of Humphreys County, Tenn.; Emma M. and William T. This lady died in 1871. Mr. Barnes was next married, September 20, 1874, in Weakley County, Tenn., to Mrs. Rebecca A. Stevenson, a daughter of John and Holland (Bowden) Olive, natives of North Carolina, the father being of English descent, the mother of Irish. Mr. Barnes served as magistrate ten years before the war, and has served two years since as such. He and wife are members of the Primitive 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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