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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 THOMAS LEACHMAN, M. D., is a native of Boyle County, Ky., where he was born May 15, 1834, and is a son of Harrison and Ellen Mary (Childs) Leachman, the former one of the pioneers of Virginia. He was a man of considerable local prominence, and came to Kentucky in an early period of its history, locating in what is now Boyle County, where he became a prosperous farmer. Dr. Leachman, the subject of this sketch, was liberally educated, receiving the advantages of the best institutions of learning, and instruction from some of the best teachers of the State. He chose the profession of medicine and commenced a course of study, and at the early age of twenty-one entered the medical department of the University of Louisville, in which, after a thorough course of two years, he received the degree of M. D. in 1857. After graduating he opened an office in Louisville, and by devotion to his profession soon won a large practice. He made a specialty of obstetrics and became widely known as a successful practitioner. In 1872 he was elected a member of the school board, and later of the city council, but finding that it interfered with his professional duties he resigned his seat in the council and turned his attention exclusively to his practice. He was married November 15, 1859, to Letitia, a daughter of Silas F. Field, a prominent merchant of this city. They have eight children, viz.: Silas F. William T., Bessie B., Theodore H., Harry M., Letitia E., Roman B, and Georgia. Dr. Leachman is still in the prime of life and is a most exemplary citizen.

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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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