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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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WILLIAM M. REED, attorney at law, Marshall County, was born September 5, 1848, in Graves County, this State. His father, whose name the son retains, was a native of North Carolina. He came to Kentucky, when a child, with his parents, Noah and Nancy Reed, and was reared to farming in Graves County, where the parents first located. In 1847 he removed to Marshall County, and the following year was killed while felling a tree. His wife, Margaret (McCain) Reed, was a native of Tennessee. The union gave two children: W. M. and N. R. The mother was subsequently married to Noah Park, by whom she has eight children. Our subject was reared on the farm, and attended the common schools of the vicinity, the education thus obtained being supplemented by several years attendance at the Benton and Princeton Academies, and other places. He immediately began the study of law thereafter under the advice of Judge P. Palmer, now deceased, and a year later was admitted to the bar, and has been in continuous practice since. In 1877 he resigned the position of county attorney to accept election to the State Legislature, to which body he was subsequently re-elected. He occupies a leading position among the members of the profession, and is recognized as an attorney of great ability. His practice extends to all the adjoining counties, and he is one of the firm of Gilbert & Reed, Paducah, and Oury & Reed, Murray, Ky. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Christian Church. He was married October 17, 1872, to Miss Mary A. Strow, of Benton, a daughter of Willis and Mary Strow. This union has been blessed with three children: Clarence B., Cecil Lula and Roscoe.

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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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