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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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ABRAHAM W. ROSSINGTON was born April 22, 1842, in Queenstown, Ireland, and is a son of William W. and Sarah (Trevers) Rossington, both of whom were natives of Ireland. The father was a professor of music, and coming to the United States in 1844, was connected for some time as a professor in a New York College. He removed to St. Louis, Mo., where he continued his professional labors. His wife and family followed him to this country in 1846, and with them he went to Hopkinsville, Ky., having accepted a professorship in both the female colleges of that place. There he remained most of his life, his death occurring after a short residence in Paducah. His widow still survives him and resides with her son, Robert B. Rossington, cashier of the Franklin Bank, at Clarksville, Tenn. The parents had five children, of whom our subject was the eldest. He was about four years old when he was brought to this country, and was reared till ten years of age in Hopkinsville, Ky., when he returned to Ireland in company with a friend of the family, and was sent to Frazier’s College, Taunton, England, at which institution he remained eight years, graduating from the same in 1860. The following year he returned to America and for four years was engaged in farming pursuits near Hopkinsville; in 1866, he removed to this county, and to his present place of residence, which now consists of 500 acres, most of which is in a high state of cultivation, and on which many fine improvements have been made. While attending school, Mr. Rossington prepared himself for the naval service, and, upon training vessels made two trips to Australia, and has also crossed the ocean many times. December 2, 1869, he married Miss Nannie Holland, of this county, a daughter of Z. P. and Margaret (Galbraith) Holland. Mr. and Mrs. Rossington are the parents of five children: Louis G., William Z., Sarah M., Thomas A. and Walter A. Mr. Rossington is a member of the Episcopal Church.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken 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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