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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. T. PYNE, one of the prominent and successful business men of Louisville, was born in 1838, in Mount Vernon, Ind., and is a son of W. B. and Eliza (Thomas) Pyne, the former a native of Philadelphia, Pa., and the latter of Virginia. The father was of English and Scotch ancestry. He was a mill wright, an expert mechanic, and brought up his son to the same business. He removed West in 1829, and built the first mill put up in St. Louis, Mo., for a man named Chouteau. He also built the first flour-mill in the territory, now the State of Illinois. He finally located in Mount Vernon, Ind. W. T. Pyne, the subject of this sketch, is a natural mechanic. At the age of thirteen years he began to learn the trade of a mill wright under his father’s instruction, and continued with him until he was nineteen years old. During his apprenticeship he attended school about three months each winter, and by careful reading obtained a good practical education. Upon leaving his father he served one season at Shoals, Ind., with John Sloan, a millwright from this city, and the following year, 1859, he apprenticed himself to J. T. Wilder, at Lawrenceburg, Ind., for two years. He operated as foreman until the breaking out of the civil war, when his apprenticeship terminated, and he began business for himself. Since having mastered his trade, and launched out for himself, Mr. Pyne has never worked a day as journeyman for any one. His personal success from the first has been marked. Going at once to Indianapolis, he began his millwrighting business, and carried it on until 1864, when he accepted a situation as superintendent of the flouring-mill of T. & J. W. Gaff, at Columbus, Ind., retaining that position for about two years, when ill-health compelled him to resign. Mr. Pyne’s next business enterprise was the establishment of a foundry and machine shop, which was carried on under the firm name of Kerr, Pyne & Co., changing to Pyne, Bush & Co., and later to Columbus Machine and Millwright Co. He left the business, and in 1871 established himself in Louisville, Ky., where he still carries on an extensive and constantly growing mill furnishing business. The continual development of the “New South” owes much to such men as Mr. Pyne, who with a firm belief in the great future of the country South of the old “Mason’s and Dixon’s line,” have settled there and bent their energies toward hastening its advancement. Already they begin to see the fruits of their labors. Mr. Pyne is in the full vigor of life, with a fair prospect before him of living many years to enjoy the returns to which his energy and integrity entitle him. He was married in 1862 to Miss Laura L. Brown, of Jeffersonville, Ind. She died in 1886. Mr. Pyne has two children living: Harry B. and Ella M.

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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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