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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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WILLIAM A. GEST was born in Clermont County, Ohio, November 10, 1843, and is one of three living children born to Joseph M. and Sarah A. (Hageman) Gest, both natives of Ohio and of English and German descent, respectively. Joseph M. Gest, at the age of fourteen, went to Cincinnati, where he attended school for a time. After this he was employed in his father’s store in the city, and afterward in the country for some two years. After this he was engaged in agricultural pursuits in Ohio, until 1846, when he moved to Louisville, Ky. Here he was engaged steam-boating and flat-boating for some four years. In 1850 he removed to Cannelton, Perry Co., Ind., where he was engaged in merchandising for some ten or twelve years, and during this time was clerk of both the common pleas and circuit courts for four years. In 1862 he removed to Columbus, Hickman County, at which place and at Hickman, Ky., and Cairo, Ill., he was in the United States revenue service some three years. He then engaged in merchandising at Columbus until 1869, when he removed to Ballard County, Ky., where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1883, when he returned to Columbus, where he has since lived a retired life. He and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity, and was W. M. of his lodge in Indiana for several years. William A. Gest, at the age of eight years, went into his father’s store, and with the exception of two years spent on a packet line plying between Louisville and Memphis, and a short time at school, he has been constantly engaged in mercantile pursuits. In 1864 he opened a grocery store at Columbus, and has since continued that business, to which he has also added hardware, agricultural implements and harness. He is the oldest grocer in the city, and the oldest business house but one. Mr. Gest was a member of the city council for several years, also city clerk two terms and city collector one year. He is and has been for the past two and a half years city treasurer. He was married, in 1876, to Miss Mary E. Parks, a native of Tennessee, who departed this life April 3, 1883. She was a devoted and consistent member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Gest is also a member of the same church, and of the K. of H.

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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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