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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 ROCK, a native of Hesse Darmstadt, Germany, removed to Paducah, Ky., in 1858. Mr. Rock was born in 1835, and is the second of three children born to John and Barbara Rock. His father died in the old country, in 1848, and the following year his mother, with the three children, Elizabeth, George and John, immigrated to the United States and located in the city of Cleveland, Ohio, where all, except the subject of this sketch, now live. In that city Mr. Rock served three years as an apprentice to the trade of shoemaking, to which he has since devoted his life with marked success. Until 1857 he labored as a journeyman in Louisville, Ky. He then opened a shop in the village of Lafayette, Christian County, where he remained until his removal to Paducah. As an honorable business man Mr. Rock has few superiors. From being the proprietor of a small custom shop, he has gradually developed into one of the wealthiest men in the business circles of Paducah. He does an extensive business, both wholesale and retail, and has a manufacturing department of no small magnitude and located at Nos. 210 and 212 Broadway. Mr. Rock is also a member of the Paducah Furniture Manufacturing Company, and has been a director of the German American National Bank since the organization of that institution. He is a member of the German Evangelical Church, Masonic order and Knights of Honor. He was married in Louisville, Ky., in 1856, to Miss Catherine Seigel, which union has been blessed with eight children.

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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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