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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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JUDGE ISAAC W. EDWARDS was born in Barren County, Ky., September 19, 1832, and is a son of Isaac N. and Ann E. (Bohannon) Edwards, natives respectively of North Carolina and Virginia, the former coming to Kentucky in an early day. He came of Welsh stock, and was an active citizen, and died in 1867. The subject of this sketch was born on a farm, and reared in the country until he was seventeen years of age. He received such education as the common schools of that time afforded, and to supplement this he commenced teaching as soon as he felt capable of taking a country school. By the meager salary thus obtained he was enabled to spend a year (session of 1852—53) at Georgetown College. In the meantime he read law as he could find time, in his leisure hours, until the summer of 1855, when he went into the law office of his uncle, J. S. Bohannon, at Mumfordville, Ky. In the spring of 1856, he was admitted to partnership with his uncle, which was continued for two years, and then dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. Edwards continued to practice law in Mumfordville, until 1863, when he formed a partnership with William Sampson, at Glasgow, afterward a Judge of the Court of Appeals. About the close of 1866, he came to Louisville and formed a partnership with Andy Barrett, which lasted for seven years. In 1880 he was elected Judge of the Louisville Chancery Court; was re-elected in 1886, which position he now holds. When the Vice-chancellors Court was established, now the Law and Equity Court, he was tendered the judgeship of it, which he declined; also, when Chancellor T. B. Cochrane died, he declined appointment to the position thus made vacant, preferring the active practice of his profession. From his admission to the bar in 1856 up to the time of his going on the bench in 1880, he practiced continuously, except during Mayor Jacobs’ second term, when he was induced to accept the position of Chief of Police. While still living in Hart County he was appointed County Attorney and County Commissioner of Schools for four years. Judge Edwards is essentially a self-made man. He has attained to eminence as a lawyer and as a judge in the Chancery Court, one of the most important courts of Louisville, he has won a name equal to that of any of his predecessors. He was married in 1854 to Miss Louisa Wiltberger, of Chicago, who died the year following. In 1865, he was married to Miss Julia Gilpin, of Louisville. Two children were born of this marriage, viz.: William S. and Ora Lee.

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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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