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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. COCKRILL is a native of Todd County, this State. He was born April 29, 1824, and is a son of John Cockrill, of Virginia birth, who came to Kentucky in 1787, first locating at Boone’s Station and afterward in Todd County. His wife, Susan Boone, was a niece of Kentucky’s famous pioneer, Daniel Boone, and a daughter of Squire Boone, who was wounded in the “Horse Shoe battle” with the Indians. John Cockrill was a farmer by occupation, and died September 16, 1856, his widow surviving him until July 1, 1865. They were the parents of five children, three of whom are still living. Our subject is the youngest of the family, and was given a good common school education. He started out for himself as a farmer, in Christian County, where he resided until 1854, at which date he removed to this county and located upon his present farm. The land was then covered with brush and timber, but the tedious work of clearing the same, was undertaken with that will and energy characteristic of all our early settlers. Many substantial improvements have since then been made on the place, which now consists of 210 acres. Mr. Cockrill is a man of public spirit and is always identified with measures and enterprises of public interest and moment. With his wife, he is a member of the Christian Church, belongs to the I. O. O. F. and is a Democrat politically. He was married November 30, 1842, to Miss Clementine C. Settle, of Christian County. There are three children living of this union: Anna, wife of Arthur Patterson, of Paducah; William T., and Katie J., wife of Dr. D. P. Jewett, of Blandville, Ky.

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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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