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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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THOMAS E. BARNES was born April 19, 1839, in Davidson County, Tenn. His father, Andrew J. Barnes, removed from Virginia, his native State, to Tennessee, when a young man, and was a farmer by occupation, principally. He died in September, 1883. His wife was Martha Foster. Our subject was reared on a farm, and started out for himself as a farm hand; for many years he was thus engaged, together with managing several farms, which he rented in Marshall County. In 1869 he went into business at Benton, Ky., with his father-in-law, and continued operating a farm until 1878, when he disposed of his interest in the store, and, exchanging his farming interest for property in Paducah, he removed in 1879 to that place and engaged in the grocery business. After a few months he returned to Benton, and there became interested in a saw and grist-mill. He has since been engaged in the grocery and dry goods trade, carrying a large and well-assorted stock, neatly displayed. He also carries on the only undertaking establishment in Benton. Despite the complete destruction by fire of his property in 1870, Mr. Barnes has regained his losses and placed himself among the solid men of Marshall County. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and K. of H., and with his wife a member of the Baptist Church. He was married May 10, 1860, to Missouri J. Stephens, of Benton; there are three children living of this union, Mary E., Anna E. and Benjamin B.

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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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