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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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CHARLES M. HUMPHREYS, McCracken County, was born November 20, 1833, in Montgomery County, Tenn., and is a son of Charles M. and Nancy (Parker) Humphreys. The father was a native of the same county, and was a son of George Humphreys, a wealthy farmer from Virginia. He was accidentally killed by a falling tree, when our subject was three years old, and the latter was reared by his mother. At eight years our subject went to work to assist in the support of the family, which consisted of his mother and one sister, Charlotte, and was thus engaged, hiring out by the year, and doing overseeing work, until 1862, in which year both his mother and sister died. He sold the little home place of an acre, and in 1863, rented a farm and made a good paying crop of corn. He sold the same and his stock and went to Clarksville, where he engaged in the liquor business for nearly two years. He was then appointed inspector and storekeeper at Port Royal, Tenn., under the General Government. After his marriage, which occurred with Miss Malissa Thomas, of Clarksville, September 10, 1867, he re-engaged in farming, in Montgomery County, and after two years sold out and removed to Marshall County, Ky., where he farmed ten years. Then, in 1880, came to McCracken County, and located on his present farm, which now consists of 350 acres. He is one of the substantial men of the county. His wife is a Cumberland Presbyterian and he is a Methodist. He has taken a deep interest in educational matters and his influence has been used in building up the neighboring school.

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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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