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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 8a by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1888.  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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BENJAMIN H. RIDGELY is a native of Baltimore, Md.; was born July 13, 1859, and is a son of Frederick W. and Harriet (Isett) Ridgely. The Ridgely family was a very old one in Maryland, and came over with Lord Baltimore. Frederick R. Ridgely, great grandfather of Benjamin H., was a surgeon in the Continental army during the Revolutionary war. The subject of this sketch came to Louisville in 1879, but had lived in Woodford County for some years before coming to this city. He was a reporter on the Courier-Journal for four years, and won an excellent reputation as a newspaper writer. He is a young man with a fine vein of humor and almost exhaustless wit, which gives to his articles a characteristic flavor. After leaving the Courier-Journal he was for a time connected with the Argus, a paper recently deceased; afterward he was city editor of the Commercial, which position he resigned to take editorial charge of Truth. He was married, in November, 1885, to Miss Sophronia Braunin.

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This family biography is one of 195 biographies included in the Jefferson County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 8a published in 1888 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 8a

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