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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 M. WRAY is a son of John and Lucy (Thomas) Wray. He was born in Rutherford County, Tenn., March 23, 1828. His father was a tailor by trade but followed farming in later years. He died, as did his wife also, in 1849. Our subject spent his early life upon the farm, and secured what education was attainable in the old schools of the time. In his twenty-first year he began for himself by learning the saddler’s trade, at which he has since worked for thirty-five years, having given some attention also to farming and mercantile pursuits in this and Ballard County. He purchased his present farm in 1883; it is centrally located and is under a state of high cultivation and improvement. Mr. W. intends opening a store and starting a village, to be known as West McCracken, near his residence. He was married May 23, 1849, to Miss Nancy Neal, of Williamson County, Tenn. She died in January, 1860, leaving six children, of whom five are living. Mr. Wray was subsequently married to Mary J. Farmer, of McCracken County. There are seven children of this union.

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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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