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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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GRIFFIN P. THEOBALD was born in Owentown, Owen County, Ky., December 6, 1880, and is a son of Henry B. and Lucy (Bacon) Theobald, native Kentuckians. His mother was a daughter of John Christian Bacon, first clerk of Owen County. His paternal grandfather was of English origin, and came from Maryland to Kentucky before the latter was formed into a State, settling near where Georgetown now stands. The subject of this sketch was brought up in Owentown, and received a common-school education. In 1846, when but sixteen years old, he volunteered in an independent company for the Mexican war and remained out one year. He returned home and enlisted in the Third Regiment Kentucky Infantry, of which Manlius V. Thomson was colonel; Thomas L. Crittenden, lieutenant-colonel; John C. Breckinridge, major, and Ben. F. Bradley, adjutant. He remained with this regiment until the close of the war. He then went to St. Louis, where he resided until the breaking out of the civil war, when he enlisted as a private in the Third Kentucky (Confederate) Infantry. He was soon commissioned first lieutenant of Company D, then was adjutant for a short time, then quartermaster, then captain, and when he retired from the service at the close of the war was major, having worked up to that position by regular gradation. In 1868 he went to Vicksburg, Miss., as agent of insurance. In 1872 he returned, and has been engaged in a general insurance business ever since. He at present is a member of the city council. He was married, July 17, 1854, to Miss Harriet L. Love, of Columbus, Miss.

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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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