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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 STERLING B. TONEY was born in Russell County, Ala., May 24, 1849, and is the son of Washington and Sarah (Bass) Toney, the former a finished gentleman of the old school, a man of education and refinement, and a native of Edgefield, S. C., and the latter a native of Columbus, Ga. The Toneys were a prominent family in the South, and in the late civil war staked their all for the Confederacy; life, fortune, time, personal service, self-sacrifice, all were devoted to the cause they so truly loved. Judge Toney, the subject of this sketch, was educated in his earlier studies at the University of Alabama, but later entered the University of Virginia, from which institution he graduated in 1872. He studied law at Eufaula, Ala., and was admitted to the bar in that town, but shortly after removed to New York city. In 1876 he located in Louisville, and at once entered upon the practice of his profession. On motion of Hon. Samuel F. Philips, solicitor general, he was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of the United States, in March, 1886. He has been engaged in many important lawsuits in and out of the State, always acquitting himself with honor and credit. He took an active part in the Greeley, Tilden and Hancock campaigns. In the campaign of 1884 he made fifteen speeches in Indiana at the earnest solicitation of the Democrats Committee of that State. In 1887 he was elected judge of the Law and Equity Court, over Judge Hams, the incumbent, and at present occupies that important position. In 1876 Judge Toney was married to Miss Mattie Burge, a daughter of R. Burge, Esq., of Louisville. They have two children, viz.: R. Burge and Emma Louise.

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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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