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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 C. BLAIR was born September 10, 1826, in Humphreys County, Tenn., and came with his parents, in 1838, to Hickman County, Ky., where he still resides. His father, James M. Blair, a native of North Carolina, was born in 1804, removed to Tennessee in childhood, and died in 1844. He was the son of Hughey, who died about 1832, aged eighty-four years. James M. married Nancy, daughter of E. A. Ballard, born in 1805, and died in 1829, and our subject is the result of this union. To James M. and second wife were born: Nancy C., Martha A., Sarah J., Elizabeth C. and James A. At the age of eighteen, William C. Blair began flat-boating, and followed that in connection with steam-boating for four years, on the Mississippi River. He then followed farming until the beginning of the war, and after the war he engaged in the stock business for about four years; then in lumber trade, and of late years he has given his undivided attention to farming, in which he has been successful. March 29, 1848, subject was married to Miss Mary E., daughter of Richard and Martha (Perkison) Dickens, of Hickman County, and to them have been born George C. (deceased), William L. (deceased), Martha K. (Salmon), Mary W. (Salmon), Robert M., Elizabeth E. and Susan K. Two nephews, Weldon and William L. Benthil, are also members of his family. Subject is an extensive farmer and stock dealer, owning 1,400 acres of good land, 700 of which are in a high state of cultivation. He is a member of the Christian Church, and in politics is 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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