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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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DAVID W. FAIRLEIGH was born in Breckinridge County, November 28, 1853, and is a son of James L. and Jane (Murray) Fairleigh, the former a native of Hardin County, and the latter of Breckinridge County. His great-grandfather, Andrew Fairleigh, was a native of Maryland, of English descent; his grandfather, William Fairleigh, came to Kentucky in early times, settling in Hardin County. When Meade County was organized in 1823, he became county and circuit clerk, which positions he held continuously until his death in 1865. Subject’s paternal grandfather, Col. David R. Murray, was one of the most prominent citizens of Breckinridge County, and one of its early settlers. James L. Fairleigh (father of our subject) succeeded his father as clerk of the Meade courts, and is now cashier of the Meade County Deposit Bank. David W. Fairleigh, the subject of this sketch, was educated at Brandenburg, and at Rockport (Ind.) Academy. He read law with his uncle, Col. Thomas B. Fairleigh, of Louisville, and with James W. Lewis, Esq., of Brandenburg. He was admitted to the bar in 1874, and began practice in Louisville. The next year he located at Brandenburg, where he practiced in the courts of Meade and adjoining counties until 1887, when he returned to Louisville, and opened a law office. He is a young man of brilliance and promise, and a lawyer with few equals of his own age. He was married in 1878 to Miss Emma Ditto, of Meade County. They have four children.

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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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