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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 PAYNE JOHNSON was born near Georgetown, in Scott County, August 31, 1851, and is a son of L. L. and Irene (Elley) Johnson. The Johnsons are a prominent family in Scott County, and very early settlers there. Our subject is a grand-nephew of Colonel Richard M. Johnson, Vice-President of the United States under Van Buren. He was liberally educated. In 1867 he entered Washington-Lee University, Lexington, Va., where he remained two years, having spent two years previously in the Kentucky Military Institute. In 1870 he began reading law under Madison C. Johnson, at Lexington, Ky. He was licensed to practice by the Court of Appeals in 1872, and at once came to Louisville, where he practiced until 1876, and for a part of the time was a partner of Judge A. T. Pope. In the latter year, he, with his brother-in-law, Judge S. B. Toney, took charge of R. Burge’s estate, which they wound up satisfactorily. The subject has been for some time in the tobacco business with Theodore Schwartz, Jr., his partner. The firm at present is William P. Johnson & Co., and they are the proprietors of the Enterprise Tobacco Warehouse. Mr. Johnson was married on the 5th of April, 1876, to Emma Moore Burge, daughter of the late R. Burge, Esq., long a prominent and well known citizen of Louisville.

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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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