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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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LORENZO W. EMERY was born in Maine, February 5, 1837. He is a son of William Emery and Sabrina Emery, nee Drew. Mr. Emery was educated in his native State, remaining till he was about grown to manhood, when he came West, after which, for several years, he was engaged in the sale of agricultural implements, first in Chicago and then in Burlington, Iowa; then in the city of St. Louis, Mo. He remained at the latter city, until the commencement of the late war, when he closed up his business and removed to Evansville, Ind. In the latter place he did an extensive insurance business, until coming to Paducah, Ky., in 1865. His first business venture in Paducah was in the marble business, which he conducted successfully until 1876, at which time he was awarded the government contract for the central monument in the National Cemetery at Mound City, Ill., for which he received the sum of $25,000. In 1876 he formed a partnership with M. K. Scott, in the wholesale hardware business, which partnership terminated in 1882, by the retirement of Mr. Emery. Since that date he has been employed in an extensive tobacco business, associated with H. H. Hobson and is now numbered among the wealthy men of Paducah. While he is strictly a business man he has nevertheless devoted some attention to enterprises of a public character, and especially deserves credit for his devotion to the public schools of the city of which he was for five years the superintendent, besides serving as a member of the board of education. He is a stockholder and director in the City National Bank. He is a member of the Masonic order, K. of H. and of the A. O. U. W. Mr. Emery was married in Albion, Ill., to Miss Margaret Ferryman, and has a family of three children: Charles, George and Lorenzo Melvin Emery.

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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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