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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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JAMES K. WILSON was born in Londonderry, Ireland, August 18, 1812, and arrived in Baltimore, Md., July, 1833. He located in Paris, Tenn., as book-keeper for Green & Crockett, with whom he remained three years. He married Geraldine H. Cooley, March 18, 1836. The same year he went into the drug business with his father, Dr. William Wilson, who arrived in America in 1834, and located at Paris, Tenn., and continued in business there until 1838; he then moved to Paducah, Ky., and was opening a drug store at the time of the big fire of said year, at which fire he lost everything he possessed, including a fine library. The next year (1839-40) he attended a medical school at Louisville, and in 1841 located in Missouri, where he practiced one year and then moved to Symsonia, Graves Co., Ky.; he remained there until 1857, and then moved to Benton, and in 1866 entered the drug business again; in 1870 he was burned out again, suffering a total loss. May 17, 1874, he died, leaving a wife and four children. He had practiced medicine from 1841 until his death. William J. Wilson, county clerk and son of James K. Wilson, was born in Graves County, June 29, 1843. At eighteen years of age, he enlisted in Company G, Third Kentucky Infantry, and served three years. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Jackson, Vicksburg and Guntown, and was wounded at the last named place. Soon after the close of the war he went into the drug business with his father, remaining with him two years. There he was variously engaged in farming, carpentering and milling, and still retains a half interest in the Benton Mills. In August, 1881, he was elected county clerk for one year, and was immediately thereafter re-elected to a full term of four years. He was married September 7, 1866, to Josephine Eley of Benton. They have six children: Lloyd T., William W., James K., Robert C., Raleigh D. and Frank.

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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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