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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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HON. JOHN WATSON BARR, Judge of the United States District Court for the district of Kentucky, comes of an old Kentucky family — his grandfather Barr, a native of Maryland, having emigrated to Kentucky in 1787, and settled in Fayette County. The family is of English origin, but came to America prior to the Revolutionary war. John W. was born in Versailles, Ky., December 17, 1826, and is a son of William and Ann (Watson) Barr, the former a native of Fayette County and the latter of Woodford County. He was educated at schools in his native county and at Lexington. Having read law, he graduated from the law department of Transylvania University, at Lexington, in 1847, and commenced practice at Versailles, where he remained until 1854. He then came to Louisville, and soon attained to a large business. He devoted himself wholly to his profession, eschewing politics in toto, until 1880, when he was appointed United States District Judge, a position he still acceptably fills. During the late civil war he was an unconditional Union man, and was a member of the State Central Committee of the Union party. Since the war he has been identified with the Republican party, and is zealous in that faith. He was married in November, 1859, to Miss Susan Rogers, daughter of Jason Rogers, lieutenant-colonel of the Louisville Legion in the Mexican war, and a native of New York.

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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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