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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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JOHN A. KIMMEL, of the popular grocery firm of Kimmel & Rudolph, of Paducah, was born in Ballard County, Ky., in 1851. He is the youngest and only surviving child of Israel Kimmel and America M. Kimmel, nee Ashley. His father was born within the present limits of Ballard County, where he spent many years in merchandising, and where he died in 1878, at the age of fifty-two years. His mother, America M. Kimmel, is still living and a resident of Ballard County. John A. received a practical business training in his father’s store, in Ballard County, where he continued business until removing to Paducah, in May, 1884. He here associated with F. G. Rudolph, in the grocery and provision business, succeeding the firm of Nichols & Rudolph, and is located at No. 26 Market Street Mr. Kimmel was married in 1870, to Miss Alice Rutherford, who died in 1873. His present wife, to whom he was married in Charlestown, Mo., was Miss Annie Brown. They are members of the Baptist Church, of Paducah, and have one child, Travis A. Kimmel.

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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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