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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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ERNEST REHKOPF was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1838, and when fourteen years old came with his widowed mother (Louisa Rehkopf) and a brother and sister to the United States. They first located for a few months in Memphis, Tenn., removed thence to Iowa, where Ernest served his apprenticeship to the trade of saddler and harness maker. After completing his trade he worked as journeyman for some time, and in 1859 removed to Paducah, Ky. In 1861, having saved a few dollars, he made his first attempt at a business for himself, and opened a shop on a limited scale. His success was sure and rapid, and though but a score of years in business he is now numbered among the wealthy men of Paducah. He now operates an extensive manufactory of saddles, collars and harness, besides a tan-yard, giving employment to about 100 workmen. In January, 1880, he met with severe loss, resulting from the burning of his establishment, but immediately rebuilt, completing his double three-story building in 1881. Mr. Rehkopf does a wholesale business, amounting annually to $150,000. He is a member of the Masonic order. He was married, in 1861, to Miss Annie Sick, and has a family of six children: Henry, Albert, Louisa, Annie, Dora and John Rehkopf.

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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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