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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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PAUL F. SEMONIN, a native of “Sunny France,” was born September 17, 1829, and is a son of John and Jane (Bourey) Semonin, of Arcy, France, who came to America in 1834, and from New York to New Albany, Ind., in 1836. The elder Semonin served eight years under the first Napoleon in his numerous wars, mostly in Spain; he died in Henderson, Ky., in 1856; his widow is now ninety years old. Paul F., the subject of this sketch, was but five years old when the family immigrated to the United States. He received a common school education, and at the age of thirteen commenced clerking in New Albany, Ind. In 1845 he went to Henderson, Ky., and was for eight years connected with the mercantile business in that city. He then sold out and engaged in steamboating, and built the “Gov. Powell” in 1856, which ran in the trade from New Orleans to St. Martinsville, La. He finally, about 1861, engaged in the exporting of tobacco at Uniontown, remaining there and at Henderson until 1867, when he came to Louisville, Ky. He was then employed as a buyer for a number of years, and then formed a partnership in the tobacco drayage business with R. E. Gilbert, his brother-in-law, and in which they are engaged under the firm name of Semonin & Gilbert, with a bright prospect for a young firm. In 1883 he became business manager of the Todd Tobacco Warehouse Company, which makes a specialty of the sale of leaf tobacco, and is one of the largest houses of the kind in the city. Mr. Semonin was married in 1854 to Miss Sarah G. Rouse, daughter of James Rouse, of Henderson, Ky. They have six children, viz.: William J., manager of the Kentucky Teaming Company for the last nine years until three months ago, when he resigned; Mattie, wife of R. E. Gilber, of Louisville; Celeste, Mary J. and Jean, teachers, and Ray, the baby. Mr. Semonin is also a stockholder and manager of the Old Deposit Natural Gas and Mining Company, and has a considerable interest in some of the territory in the gas-bearing districts of Meade County, near Pilchers Landing, twenty-four miles from Louisville; as also near Muldraugh, Ky., where there are some of the largest wells in the State, some comparing favorably with some of the best wells in Pennsylvania, near Pittsburgh.

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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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