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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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ISAAC WASHAM, Esq., farmer, living in, Smith District, Marshall County, is a son of Peter and Frances (Owen) Washam, and was born near where he now lives, October 16, 1836. His father, Peter Washam, was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., August 8, 1804, and came with his father to the Purchase in 1820. He was married, in 1828, to Miss Frances Owen, daughter of William Owen, of Marshall County; she died in 1882. Their children are: Mary J., widow of William Crutchfield; Elizabeth, widow of Alexander Johnson; Nelson, Isaac, Pairlee (Waller), Frances (deceased wife of Thomas J. Green), and John Washam (also deceased). Isaac Washam, the fourth of this family, was reared in Marshall County, and in 1857, married Mary P., daughter of Hicks J. Ray. She was born in Marshall County, in July, 1837. To them have been born Willis A., William O., Luella M. (Mathis), John A., James B., Thomas K., Benjamin C., Lafayette H., Mary F. and Annie E. Washam. Mr. Washam served as a Federal soldier in the Fifteenth Kentucky Cavalry, under Maj. W. Waller. In 1878, he was elected to the office of magistrate for Smith Precinct; reelected in 1882, and is the present incumbent. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of the Masonic order, and uncompromisingly committed to the cause of Prohibition. (For ancestry see history of Graves County.)

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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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