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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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HENRY W. HAND was born in Calloway County, Ky., in the year 1838. His father, Henry Hand, was one of the most extensively and favorably known of all the citizens of the Purchase. He was a native of Smithland, Ky., and afterward removed to Marshall County, where he became the first clerk of the county and Circuit Courts, a position he occupied about sixteen years. He married Miss Felicia Bogard, who is now living and by whom he had four children, Henry W. being the eldest. The father died in August, 1883. Henry W. attended the common schools, early became a deputy under his father, and after acquiring a practical business education, he went to Paducah, Ky., and engaged as a salesman in the mercantile business. On the breaking out of the war, in 1861, he entered the Third Kentucky Regiment, under the Confederate general, Tilghman; he was wounded at the battle of Shiloh; then became clerk for Gen. Preston; next became adjutant, and when surrendered at the close of the war, was a member of Gen. Roane’s staff. After the war, Mr. Hand returned to Paducah and engaged for Ashbrook, Ryan & Co., in the wholesale grocery business. In 1881, he formed a partnership with T. J. Atkins, in the wholesale grocery trade, which connection existed until May, 1884, when the present firm of Bogard & Hand succeeded the firm of Atkins & Hand. Mr. Hand is a member of the Masonic order, Knights of Honor, A. O. U. W., I. O. O. F., and of the Methodist Church. He was married in New Albany, Ind., in 1874, to Miss Hallie Carson.

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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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