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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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JULIUS F. WAHL was born in 1821, in the kingdom of Wurtemburg, Germany, and there attained the age of sixteen, when with his parents, Jacob F. and Margaret Wahl, he came to the United States. The family first settled in Pennsylvania, but after a short residence removed further west. In early life Mr. Wahl developed a very decided talent and taste for music, and began teaching the science when he was a resident of New Albany, Ind., whence he removed to Bowling Green, Ky., where he taught one year; thence to Hopkinsville, where he remained eight years, when he became the professor in the musical department in a college at Elkton, Todd Co., Ky. He remained in that school four years, when loss of health compelled him to seek different employment, and consequently, in 1857, he removed with his family to Paducah, which has since been his home. Mr. Wahl possesses those sterling business qualifications, so characteristic of his nationality, and has met with deserved success in his mercantile life in Paducah, though not without sustaining severe loss, not the least of which was the destruction of his property by the military forces, which infested the city in the time of the civil war. Mr. Wahl is now engaged in mercantile pursuits, having a large furniture business at 202 Broadway. In 1850, in New Albany, Ind., he was married to Miss Wilhelmina Schaaf, a native of Hanover, Germany. Of the eight children born to them five are living, viz.: Amelia (wife of H. Nagel), James L., Frank, Ella and Albert. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wahl are esteemed members of the German Evangelical Church of Paducah.

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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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