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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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W. B. LEATHERMAN, dentist, is a native of Jefferson County, and was born October 7, 1852. He is a son of Joseph L. and Sarah Jane (Shadburn) Leatherman, also natives of Jefferson County. His grandfather Leatherman was a native of Germany, and came to Virginia when quite young, but remained there only a short time, when he came to Kentucky, at a period when he could have bought the land upon which Louisville stands at $1 per acre, but not liking the swampy nature of it, went out to what was called the Oak Hills, where he paid $10 per acre. His voyage to this State was on a raft of logs, down the Ohio river. The subject of this sketch commenced practice of dentistry in this city in 1876. In December, 1887, he married Miss Ella A. Wolfe, a daughter of Hon. S. K. Wolfe, a prominent lawyer of New Albany, Ind., and at one time member of congress from the New Albany district. Dr. Leatherman is a zealous member of the Christian Church, and his father was instrumental in first bringing Rev. Alexander Campbell to Jeffersontown. Mr. Campbell established a church there then, which still exists.

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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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