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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 W. BLOOMFIELD, lawyer and member of the Paducah bar, was born near Eaton, Preble Co., Ohio, November 16, 1836. His parents, Reuben Bloomfield, and Ann (Hopkins) Bloomfield, were natives of the State of Kentucky, the former a descendant of an English family, who immigrated to Rowan County, N.C., in the colonial period; another branch of the family remained in New Jersey. John W. received the elements of an English education in the common schools of his native county, and when sixteen years old became a student in Miami University. After leaving this institution, he engaged in teaching, occupying his leisure time in reading law. At the commencement of the late war he enlisted in the Federal Army as a private in the Eleventh Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he remained some two years, after which he was connected with the quartermaster’s department and located in Paducah. Like all true soldiers of the war, whether wearing the blue or the gray, recognizing the honest convictions of both, he enjoys the respect of each, and extends that respect to each as freely. At the close of the war he completed his legal studies, and was regularly admitted to practice in 1865, since which time he has been an important factor in the Paducah bar, standing deservedly high in his profession, and having a leading practice. Mr. Bloomfield is a Democrat, and has been all his life, but is not a politician in the sense of seeking office, confining himself closely to his profession, his only public office being the judgeship of the city courts, which he occupied from 1874 to 1878. He is none the less prominent as a lawyer, and withal a kind and courteous gentleman, having the confidence and respect of the community around him. He was married in Chicago, Ill., in 1865, to Miss Linnie Unruh, daughter of Joseph Unruh, who died some years since in Texas. They are blessed with three children: Lloyd, Miss Joseph, and John W. Bloomfield, Jr. Mr. Bloomfield is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a Past Master of the Paducah Lodge, and is, and for many years has been, the attorney of the First National Bank of Paducah, and one of its directors.

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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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