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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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GEORGE H. WEBB, clerk of the County Court of Jefferson County, is one of the wide awake young business men of Louisville, self-made, thorough-going, and of such men as make a solid community. He was born July 16, 1853, and has just reached the average of human life. He is a son of Simeon B. and Millie Ann (Harper) Webb, the former a native of Shelby County, and the latter of Washington County, this State. The father came to Louisville when but a boy, and although he filled his place in the world as a brick-mason, he was pronounced by his friends that noblest work — an honest man. John Harper (subject’s maternal grandfather) came to Louisville in an early day. George H. Webb, the subject of this sketch, was born and reared in Louisville, and received such education as time and circumstances permitted him in the city schools. He began life as a newsboy, selling newspapers on the streets of Louisville. Before reaching the years of maturity, he spent four or five years as a telegraph messenger, and in 1870 became a deputy in the county clerk’s office under Charles M. Thruston, the clerk. By close application to business and a uniform courtesy to those with whom he has had business intercourse, he now occupies the position of his former chief, after serving a deputyship of eleven years — eight under Mr. Thruston, and three years under William E. Loran. The latter died one year before his term expired, when Mr. Webb was elected to fill out the unexpired term. In 1882 he was elected to a full term, and re-elected in 1886. Mr. Webb is a prominent 32d degree Mason, and is a member of all the different grades of the order. He was married in 1883 to Miss Bella W. Ramsay, a daughter of Alexander Ramsay, a well known citizen of Louisville.

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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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