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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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JOSEPH M. WILSON, M. D., of Birmingham, Marshall Co., Ky., is a native of Hancock County, where he was born in the year 1835. He is the eldest in a family of five children of Robert J. and Nancy Wilson, nee Macklin, both of whom were born in Boone County, Ky., and who died in Hancock County. The Rev. Christopher Wilson, a Baptist minister, was the paternal grandfather of our subject. Dr. Wilson passed his boyhood days in his native county, where he served an apprenticeship to the trade of printer, which, however, he discontinued at the age of twenty years, at which time he began selling drugs in the town of Hawesville, Ky. He prosecuted this line of trade for five years; then began the study of medicine preparatory to a professional life. His preliminary reading was performed under the tutorship of Dr. T. Holmes. In 1861 he entered the Kentucky school of medicine of Louisville, graduating therefrom in the following year, and immediately entered on the practice of his profession, locating for one year at Stephensport, Breckenridge Co., Ky. After practicing in Hancock County and in the city of Louisville, Ky., he removed in 1866 to Marshall County, locating in the town of Birmingham, where he has since continued, enjoying an extensive and lucrative practice. He is president of the Marshall County Medical Association, to which body he is an important factor. He possesses an abundant physical energy which enables him, besides performing his professional duties, to have special supervision of his farming interests. Dr. Wilson possesses none of that affected style, nor pretension to exterior display, which so often passes current for professional ability, but is a plain, commonplace man of real worth and an untiring advocate of temperance reform. He has been twice married; first in Louisville, Ky., in 1861, to Miss Sallie Holmes, daughter of M. G. Holmes of that city. She died in Birmingham in 1877, leaving three children: Richard, Robert and Florence Wilson. His present wife, to whom he was married in 1879, was Miss Maggie, daughter of John Jagars, of Hancock County. The result of this union is Walter S. and Thomas H. Wilson. Besides the children above named, two have died: Rosamond H. and Joseph M. (See portrait of Dr. Wilson.)

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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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