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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 D. BRUMMAL was born August 1, 1819, in Mecklenburgh County, Va. His father, Robert Brummal, a Virginian by birth, was of Scotch descent, being a son of John, whose father’s name was also John, the latter emigrating direct from Scotland, and settling on a place seven miles from Richmond, Va. The wife of Robert Brummal, Mary A. (Bennett) Brummal, was also a native of Virginia. The parents had nine children, of whom three are living. Our subject was reared to farm work, and during his early years improved all the then limited school advantages. At nineteen years of age he began farming on his own account as a hired hand, and in the fall of 1840 came to Christian County, Ky., where he was employed as overseer, and given the management of various farms for thirteen years. Then, after farming one year in Christian County for himself, he moved to Ballard County, this State, and rented land until 1863, when he purchased farm property, which, three years later, he exchanged for his present place of 240 acres, on which he has since resided. He owns several other tracts of farm land, and also property in the town of Woodville, all of which is the result of his own personal industry and frugal management. Mr. Brummal is a member of the Lovelaceville Lodge, No. 157 A. F. & A. M., of which he is the present treasurer. He was initiated into the Masonic fraternity in 1847, at Hopkinsville, and has since risen to positions of the highest honor and distinction in that august body, having conferred upon him the rank of Royal Arch Mason, at Antioch, Ky., and that of Knight Templar at Paducah. December 31, 1850, he married Miss Catherine Cary, of Cumberland County, this State. Having no children of their own, Mr. and Mrs. Brummal have taken and reared several orphan children, three of whom are grown to age and now happily married, viz.: Sarah E. Cary, who married S. R. Culver; Elizabeth Snook, wife of Alonzo Miller; and Alice Uncil, now Mrs. Milton Edwards.

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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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