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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 W. CRAIG was born in Hickman County, Ky., July 19, 1844, and is the eldest child in a family of six children born to James and Maria D. (Kerr) Craig, both natives of the “Old Dominion,” and of Scotch and English descent, respectively. James Craig received his early education in his native State. At the age of sixteen, in 1834, he came with his parents to Hickman County, Ky. In about 1839, he engaged in merchandising at Hickman, now the county seat of Fulton County, Ky., where he remained several years. From thence he removed to his farm five miles south of Columbus, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred April 5, 1877, in his fifty-eighth year. He was for many years a devoted and consistent member of the Masonic fraternity, and was one of the early settlers and respected citizens of Hickman County. Our subject received a good common school education in youth in his native county, and was employed on his father’s farm until he attained his majority, after which he was employed as a salesman, first in the dry goods and then in the drug business, for several years. He was then engaged in railroading on the Mobile & Ohio Railroad for some three or four years, after which he opened a drug store of his own at Columbus, where he has since been doing an excellent business. He was married January 10, 1883, to Miss Lilla Markham, a native of Logan County, Ky. One son has blessed this union— Wallace S. Mr. Craig is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and Mrs. Craig of the Baptist Church. Mr. Craig is also a member of the United Order of the Golden Cross. In politics he is a stanch Democrat, and is one of the prominent citizens of both the city and county.

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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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