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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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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ANDREW SMITH, M. D., was born in Wadesboro, in Calloway County, this State, November 19, 1840, a son of Andrew Smith, who with his two brothers, David and William, left his native home in Adair County, Ky., when a young man and coming to Wadesboro, located in the town. They were sons of Joseph Smith, one of the earliest settlers of Adair County, but who removed to Illinois, where he died. The father of our subject, after locating in Wadesboro, was given a position in the land office of Edmond Card, and subsequently married Eliza, the daughter of his employer. He then engaged in mercantile trade, which he followed until his death, which occurred September 19, 1840. He left a wife and five children; our subject was the youngest of the family; was reared by his mother, who subsequently married W. M. Starks, and his early life was spent at farm work. After receiving what schooling the vicinity afforded, he went to Murray, and after attending school, he began the study of medicine under Dr. J. P. Holt, of Murray, and a year later attended a course of lectures in the medical department, University of Louisville, from which institution he subsequently graduated in 1861. He went to Vienna, Ill., afterwards to Boydsville, Tenn., to practice, but at the breaking out of the war he entered Company H, Fifth Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army, and served as a private twelve months; he was then given the position of assistant surgeon, and served in this capacity until January, 1864, when he was discharged for disability. Upon returning he resumed practice, locating successively in Marshall, Graves and McCracken Counties. At Paducah he engaged in the wholesale grocery business with Smith, Bondurant & Co. In 1875 he removed to Benton, where he has since practiced with eminent success. January 22, 1865, he married Eudora Miller, of Marshall County. They have three children: James D., Eliza C. and Mattie E. The Doctor and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South; as also his two older children, J. D. and E. C.; he is also a Mason and K. of H., and supports the temperance movement.

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This family biography is one of 32 biographies included in the Marshall County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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