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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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GEORGE D. LINNING of the well-known firm of Linning & Jackson, Paducah, was born in South Carolina, in 1837, to Dr. Thomas and Sarah B. Linning. George D. received a liberal education in the “Frank Minor School,” of Albemarle County, Va., and at an early age went to Philadelphia, Penn., and there served an apprenticeship to the trade of machinist in the locomotive works of Richard Norris & Son. After completing his trade he became an engineer in the United States naval service, where he served from 1858 to 1861. He then espoused the cause of the Southern Confederacy, and entered at once upon a term of service in the Confederate Navy. He remained in this service until the close of the civil war, after which he accepted the position of master mechanic of the machine shops of the Mobile & Ohio Railroad. He remained in this position for three years, soon after the termination of which he removed to Paducah, Ky., and became a leading factor in the establishing of the Paducah Industrial Iron Works, now owned and operated by himself and J. S. Jackson. Mr. Linning is a thorough business man; a cultured gentleman of that kind, whose citizenship adds materially to the benefit of the business as well as the social status of any community. He is a worthy member of the Episcopal Church, K. of H. and A. O. U. W. His estimable wife, to whom he was married in Mobile, Ala., in 1873, was a Miss Kate Austill.

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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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