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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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M. K. SCOTT, wholesale hardware merchant, was born August 7, 1832, near Louisville, Ky. His father, John Scott, was of Irish ancestry, though a native of Ohio, and his mother, whose name was Martha Broudas, was born in Virginia. M. K. Scott was reared in the city of Louisville, Ky., where, early in life, he learned the tinner’s trade. He removed to Paducah in 1858, and for five years was foreman in the business house of E. R. Hart. In 1865 he opened a small tin business on a capital of $150, which he gradually expanded until, in 1876, in connection with L. W. Emery, he opened a wholesale hardware and tin business, which has proven one of the standard enterprises of Paducah. In 1882, the firm of Scott, Stephens & Co., succeeded that of Scott & Emery, and are now doing a prosperous business. In 1852 Mr. Scott joined the Cuban Army at New Orleans, under General Lopez, and soon after reaching the seat of war, on the island of Cuba, was made a prisoner by the Spanish forces, and sentenced to ten years’ labor in the quicksilver mines of Africa, but on reaching Spain, his sentence was commuted and he was turned over to the American consul, by whom he was returned to the United States. Mr. Scott is a Democrat, politically, and is a member of the K. of H. He was married, in 1858, in Louisville, to Miss Lizzie Applegate, daughter of James Applegate, of that city. Their union has been blessed with eight children, the eldest of whom, Frank L., is a member of the firm of Scott, Stephens & Co.

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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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