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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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THOMAS B. FAIRLEIGH was born in Meade County, Ky., January 27, 1837, and is a son of William and Elizabeth (Enlow) Fairleigh, early settlers of Hardin County, and originally from Maryland. The former, William Fairleigh, was made county and circuit clerk of Meade County, upon its organization, and held both offices for thirty-five years, and Circuit Clerk for nine years more, making a total of forty-three years continuous service in the office. He was born in 1797, and died in 1865. The subject of this sketch was reared in Meade County, and was educated at Elizabeth Academy, and at Brandon College. He studied law and graduated from the law department of the University of Louisville, in 1858, and at once began practice at Brandenburg, Ky. In 1861, when the war clouds gathered over the country, he recruited Company G, of the Twenty-sixth Kentucky Infantry, and on the 5th of May, 1862, was promoted to major; on the 12th of June following, to lieutenant colonel of the regiment, and January 3, 1865, was promoted to colonel. At the close of the war he came to Louisville, where he has since practiced his profession. He was married, in 1869, to Miss Alice Graham, of Meade County. They have one child, Ellen G.

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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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