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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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JOHN MacLEOD, chief-engineer of the Louisville Southern Railroad, was born in the District of Columbia, July 21, 1836, son of George MacLeod, who was also a native of the District of Columbia, and was one of the most prominent civil engineers of his day, and was, during his life time, for a few years receiver for the Louisville Short line, and was chief engineer for the L. & N. R. R. and its branches. His death occurred in 1877, having been born in 1813. The mother of the subject of this sketch was Amelia (Deakins) MacLeod, a native of Maryland. John MacLeod entered railway service October 13, 1853, and until March, 1855, was rodman and levelman in the engineer corps of the Fredericksgurg & Gordonsville Railroad. March, 1855, to October, 1865, was on the location and construction of the Louisville & Nashville Road, successively leveler, surveyor, resident and division engineer; October, 1865, to April, 1869, he was principal assistant engineer on the Louisville, Cincinnati & Lexington Road; April, 1869, to January, 1872, principal assistant engineer on the Elizabethtown & Paducah Road; January, 1872, to July, 1874, chief-engineer and superintendent of maintenance of way, same road; July, 1874, to August, 1876, was general superintendent of the Louisville, Cincinnati & Lexington Road; August 4, 1876, to July 15, 1878, receiver; and July 15, 1878, to January, 1880, general superintendent of the same road, January 1, 1880, to July, 1884, general superintendent of the Louisville, New Albany & Chicago Railway; in 1881, chief-engineer of the Kentucky & Indiana Bridge Company; January, 1886, chief-engineer of Louisville Southern Road, and since October, 1886, has been president of the New Albany & Eastern Railway Company. Mr. MacLeod was married to Miss Mary L. Doone, of Nelson County, Ky., and has 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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