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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 M. BURNLEY, McCracken County, was born in Smith County, Tenn., March 18, 1847. His father, William Burnley, was a native of Virginia and moved to Tennessee when a young man. He was a carpenter by trade, but farmed during his later years. He came to McCracken County, in 1854, locating where our subject now lives, and died in December, 1867. His widow, formerly Dolly Bradley, is yet living at the age of seventy years. They were the parents of eleven children. At twenty-one years of age, James M. Burnley began farming for himself and was thus engaged till 1874; at that date he went into the hotel business and later into the milling business and owned and operated the Woodville Mill. He then sold out and re-engaged in farming and dealt extensively in tobacco. His present farm consists of 350 acres adjoining the town of Woodville, in which place he also owns property. He was united in marriage December 18, 1877, to Miss Mattie Suttle, of McCracken County. This union has given three children: Jack, James and Mattie.

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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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