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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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WILLIAM M. COLLINS, a native of Ireland, was born July 19, 1845, and in 1849 was brought to America by his parents, who settled in Louisville. He was educated in the common-schools of the city and at Bardstown, Ky. His first employment was as messenger for E. Buster two years, after which he passed four years on the farm with his father. In 1862 he returned to Louisville, and in June enlisted in Company A, Fifth Infantry, and served until after the battle of Chickamauga, when he was mustered out as sergeant. After the close of the civil war he joined John O’Neill’s Fenian expedition to Canada, and took part in the fight at Ridgeway, as captain of a company raised in Louisville. He next went to Denver, Colo., where for a year he was engaged in the manufacture of vinegar and in distilling whisky. On his return to Louisville he served as clerk in the post office, and in the Internal Revenue service until 1875, and then engaged in the wholesale whisky business with Alvin Wood & Co. until 1883, when he entered into the distilling business on his own account at 104 and 106 East Main street. In 1872 he married Maggie H. Enright, who has borne him three children — Florence B., Kate E. and Charles William. Mr. Collins is a member of the G. A. R.

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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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