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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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JAMES S. RAGSDALE was born May 23, 1845, and is a son William J. and Emma (Tilleson) Ragsdale, natives of North Carolina and Virginia. He has been in the tobacco business since he was fourteen years old. He came to Hopkinsville in 1885 and engaged in tobacco as a broker. He was without experience in that line of the trade, but had extraordinary good luck last year. He bought more tobacco during 1887 than any one buyer in Hopkinsville market, handling over 4,000 hogsheads. He came to Louisville the 26th of December, 1887, and engaged in the broker’s business here, starting with flattering prospects. He went into the late war in Woodward’s Independent Cavalry, but being only fifteen years old did not remain long in the army. He was married in 1865 to Frances M. Hester, of Christian County. They have five children, viz.: Frank, Lottie, Allen, Louise and Nellie.

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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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