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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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JOSEPH H. JOHNSON, senior member of the firm of Johnson & Sons, proprietors of the Phoenix Foundry and Machine Works, Paducah, was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., in the year 1829. He remained in his native city until twenty years old, meantime acquiring a practical idea of the business connected with his father’s foundry and machine shops. In 1849 he went to St. Louis, Mo., where he engaged in foundry work, until removing to Paducah in 1855. That year he started his present extensive business in Paducah under the title of the Plain City Iron Works, and soon became well established in a remunerative trade. His prosperity, however, was materially checked in 1868, when his entire shops were destroyed by fire. His enterprise was nevertheless equal to his emergency, and in consequence of the speedy rebuilding of the works, they received the appropriate name which they now bear. In 1851, in St. Louis, Mr. Johnson married Miss Elizabeth A Yandell, a native of Tennessee. They have reared a family of four children, viz.: Charles S., Mendal W., Joseph Y., and Chloe Neal, wife of J. P. Wilson —the latter two residents of St. Louis, and the elder two members of the business firm of Paducah, Ky. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Christian Church, K. of H., A. O. U. W., and is a Knight Templar.

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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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