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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 WHITE, grand secretary of I. O. O. F., is a native of Frederick, Va., and was born July 5, 1816. He is a son of Daniel B. and Elizabeth (Foster) White, natives of Virginia, and of Scotch and Irish ancestry. His father came to Louisville about 1829, and was a carpenter by trade. The subject, William White, was brought up and educated principally in Louisville. His education was liberal and obtained through his own exertions. When the war broke out between the United States and Mexico, he joined the Louisville Legion (First Kentucky Regiment), Col. Stephen Ormsby. He was made second lieutenant, and promoted to first lieutenant before his term expired. After his return to Louisville, he engaged in mercantile business for a short time. He was elected grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of I. O. O. F. in 1863, and has held the position ever since. He also holds several other important positions in the Odd Fellows’ fraternity. He was married in 1841 to Miss Phoebe Downing. She died in 1852, and he afterward married Miss Sarah E. Robinson, a native of Nicholasville, Ky., February, 1855; she died in February, 1882.

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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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