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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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ELIJAH W. BENSON, McCracken County (deceased), was well known in McCracken County as a Baptist minister of great zeal and piety. He was born in Robertson County, Tenn., October 17, 1823, and received his early education at Lebanon and Murfreesboro. He taught school for a while, but soon gave his attention to religious subjects, and during the balance of his life, had pastoral charge of various churches in several States. He came to McCracken County in 1860, and thereafter devoted his time to the labors of the ministry and also to farming. He had been in feeble health for some years, yet his great energy continued undiminished, and gave success to his every effort. He was firm in his beliefs, yet of a very winning disposition, and his death was a severe loss to the community, in which he had faithfully labored for many years. He filled the moderator’s chair and for many years was clerk of the West Union Association. The parents of Mr. Benson were John and Jane (Sayle) Benson, The father was a mechanic and farmer and served in the war of 1812. To the parents were born thirteen children, three of whom are now living: Agnes, E. H. and Gaylon. Our subject married Miss Gillie S. A. Boldry, who now survives him. She is a daughter of W. S. and Jane (Hampton) Boldry, natives respectively of Kentucky and Tennessee. The union has been blessed with seven children, of whom five are living: Mrs. M. E. Hart, Sudora M., Eddie W., Algernon S. and Lelia I.

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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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