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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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DR. JOSEPH W. BECKER is among the oldest medical practitioners in the city of Paducah, Ky., is the gentleman whose name heads this sketch and whose portrait is found elsewhere in this work. Dr. Becker was born in Smithland, Ky., in 1826, and is of German and French ancestry. His father, Joseph Becker, was a native of Quebec, Canada, removed to Kentucky in his early life, and was an early merchant in Paducah, in which city he died in June, 1857. Dr. Becker’s mother, Catherine Becker, was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and is a daughter of John Hagey, who fought in the Revolutionary war. Mrs. Becker is now a resident of Paducah and a worthy member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The subject of this sketch received his preparatory education in the schools of Paducah, attending later the St. Joseph’s College at Bardstown, Ky. He then decided to adopt the medical profession, and prosecuted the studies of the same under Drs. Phillips & Jones. In the fall of 1847, he entered the medical department of the University of Louisville, graduating in February, 1849. After several years’ practice in Metropolis, Ill., he located in Paducah, Ky., where he has practiced ever since. It is but just to accord to Dr. Becker the prestige of being not only a successful physician, but also one of the most highly respected citizens of Paducah, being especially interested in efforts to promote the cause of education, as well as all enterprises tending to the best interests of the people. He is a member of the Kentucky Medical Society; Southwestern Kentucky Medical Association; Paducah Medical Club; Masonic order, and of the Episcopal Church. In 1852 he married Miss Katie Baker, daughter of John D. Baker of Louisville, Ky. She died in September, 1853.

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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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