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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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DANIEL J. FRASER was born in Stewart County, Tenn., in 1834, and is the son of Benjamin F. Fraser, and Mary J. Fraser, daughter of Samuel Elam. His parents were Virginians, who in early life became residents of Stewart County, Tenn. Daniel J. was reared on his father’s farm, in Tennessee, and at the age of seventeen began his mercantile career as a salesman. In 1855, he formed a partnership with his brother, at Clarksville, Tenn., in the dry goods trade, which he continued for one year, when he became a resident of Ballard County, Ky. He engaged in agriculture in that and McCracken Counties, until 1862, when he entered the Confederate Army, and served till the close of the war, as lieutenant in the Seventh Kentucky Regiment. At the close of the war, he returned and located in Paducah, where he engaged as salesman for a dry goods house, until 1869, when he associated with George Rock, in the wholesale boot and shoe business. This firm existed twelve years, at which time Mr. Fraser retired from the firm. In 1881, he established his present boot and shoe house in connection with J. B. Jones, under the firm name of Fraser & Jones, which now constitutes one of the leading business houses of Paducah. Mr. Fraser is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church; a member of the Masonic order, K. of H. and K. G. R. He was married, in 1857, in Robertson County, Tenn., to Miss Sallie A., daughter of Thomas J. Polk. Their family consists of four sons and four daughters.

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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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