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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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JAMES K. BONDURANT, son of Joseph and Sarah Bondurant, was born in Marshall County, Ky., in 1839. His parents, both of whom were native Virginians, came to Marshall County from middle Tennessee about 1835, where the mother is now living at an advanced age, and where the father died in 1851. James K. is the fourth child of a family of eight born to these parents, of whom but three are now living. He was reared in his native county to manhood, attended school there, and in Murray, Calloway County, and in early life began mercantile labor, first as a clerk in his father’s store. In 1861 he espoused the cause of the Union, and enlisted in the Fifteenth Kentucky Cavalry. He was captured in 1862 at the battle of Spring Creek, taken to Belle Isle and there held as a prisoner of war for several months, after which he was exchanged, when by reason of the expiration of his term of enlistment, he returned home. In 1864 he engaged in mercantile trade in Paducah, and until 1870 was employed in merchandising and in farming. At the latter date he engaged in the wholesale grocery trade, associated with J. R. Smith, under the firm name of Smith & Bondurant, which partnership continued successfully for nine years, when Mr. Bondurant became the sole proprietor. He is now located at No 113 Broadway. Mr. Bondurant is a member of the Masonic order, K. of H., A. O. U. W., and in politics is a Republican. He was married in Marshall County, Ky., in 1861, to Miss Mary J. Brewer, which union is blessed with two living children, Joseph S. and Ida May Bondurant.

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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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