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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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ENOCH F. BYNG, one of the most aggressive business men of the city of Paducah, was born in Worcestershire, England, on March 14, 1839. He came to the United States, with his parents, John and Elizabeth (Bird) Byng, in 1850. His father, who is still living and an honored citizen of Paducah, has spent the major part of his life in the lumber trade. He first located in Clinton County, Iowa, where, with the lumber business, he combined farming until about 1867. Enoch F. received a practical business education, and in 1862 championed the cause of the Union, entering the Twenty-sixth, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, the fortunes of which he shared until December, 1864, when in consequence of a wound received at the battle of Atlanta, Ga., he was granted a discharge. He then returned to Clinton, Iowa, and embarked in the lumber business, which he continued until 1874, when he removed to Butler County, Mo., from whence he came to Paducah, Ky., three years later. In November, 1879, he formed a partnership with J. W. McKnight, and their business was incorporated in the name of the Paducah Lumber Company. In 1881, Mr. McKnight sold his interest in the business to John Byng, who surrendered the entire management to his son, Enoch F. In their extensive business, including their saw and planing-mills, they give employment to 100 men. Mr. Byng was married in Iowa, in 1861, to Miss Emma Walls, daughter of Joseph and Charlotte Walls, all of whom are of English birth. Their marriage is blessed with five children: Alice (wife of C. Arnout), Helen, Louisa Ann, Benney and John Byng.

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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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