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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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CAPT. JOSEPH H. FOWLER. The name of Fowler, to the people of western Kentucky, brings to memory recollections of one of the pioneers of that portion of the State. But few persons, now living in the Purchase, that have not known Judge W. P. Fowler, whose sketch appears above. Capt. Joe, as he is familiarly called is one of his three sons, and was born in 1833, in Salem, Livingston Co., Ky. In early life he enjoyed the instruction of a noted teacher, Prof. James Weller, and in 1848 became a student in the Cumberland College of Princeton, Ky., completing his studies in Smithland, Ky. Thus far his entire business energy has been in the wharf and steamboat interest; he began the former in 1849. In 1850 he became a clerk in the Paducah and Nashville packet, “Annie Linington,” but after nine months became clerk on a wharf boat, on which he continued until 1857, when he was made master, and still holds a master’s license, though he has of late retired from the line. He is now engaged in the wharf boat and boat store business in Paducah, and owns an interest in the Cairo packet “Gus Fowler.” Mr. Fowler deserves special mention for his untiring efforts as a member of the Paducah school board, in establishing and maintaining the present efficient system of public schools. He has also shown his wisdom and administrative ability during a term of eight years as a member of the city council. In 1855, he contracted a marriage with Miss Mattie Leech, of Smithland, Ky., and has a family of six children: Given; Millie, wife of Dr. F. T. Davis, of Paducah; Mintie, wife of Cook Husbands, and Misses Mattie, Josephine and Rosebud Fowler.

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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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