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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 R. OWENS, Esq., farmer and magistrate of Oak Level Precinct, Marshall County, is a son of Nelson and Mary (McCain) Owens, and grandson of William Owens, who settled in Marshall County in 1819. His father, Nelson Owens, was born in Tennessee, principally reared in Marshall County, where he married Mary McCain. She was the daughter of James and Elizabeth McCain, which family came early from middle Tennessee to this county. Nelson and Mary Owens had eight children: Winfrey, deceased; Elizabeth, deceased wife of M. G. Reed; Benjamin, deceased; William R., Frances A. (Holmes) deceased; Charles W., and Isaac, both of whom died in childhood, and Nelson Owens, now of Graves County. William R. Owens served as lieutenant in Company G, Third Kentucky Regiment, under Capt. Edwards, enlisting in 1861 and serving until the close of the war. He participated in many of the leading engagements, sharing the fortunes of his regiment throughout. In 1865, he married Elizabeth C. Reed, daughter of David and Susanna Reed, she being the only surviving member of a large family, early settlers in this county. Mr. Owens was elected magistrate of his district in 1878, and again in 1882, and now officiates in that capacity. His children are Mary S., Charles W., Ida B., Frances A., and Robert E. Lee.

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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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