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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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H. C. WILLIAMS was born in Weakley County, Tenn., November 3, 1839, and is a son of Allen S. and Patience (Jordan) Williams, the latter of whom is still living, together with five of their eleven children. The father was from Virginia and came to Tennessee when eighteen years of age, and died in Weakley County, in 1860. He was a farmer, and with his wife was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The subject of these lines was the fourth child of the family and was brought up on the home farm and given a fair education. He afterward attended the Winston Academy, Tennessee, and starting out for himself went to Humboldt, Tenn., and clerked two years for his brothers, with whom he went, in 1860, to Arkansas, where in partnership they sold goods for seven months. Returning to Tennessee, our subject enlisted under Capt. McCutchen in an independent company, and served five months, when he was taken prisoner, being afterward paroled at Paducah, in 1862. Coming to the vicinity of his present residence, he gave his attention to farming, until 1877; afterward he clerked two years, when he opened out in mercantile trade, at Maxon’s Mills, and has since conducted a growing business, carrying a well-selected stock of general goods. He was married January 5, 1865, to Miss Charlotte E. Grace, of Metropolis, Ill. They have two children: John A. and Robert E.

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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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