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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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MELVILLE V. CHERRY is the fifth of a family of ten children, of Lemuel Cherry and Delilah Dodd. The family is of English origin and was first represented in the United States by two brothers, one of whom settled in Virginia and the other in North Carolina, in the colonial period. Lemuel Cherry was the son of the latter, was born in North Carolina, and in childhood was brought by his parents to Steward County, Tenn. There he attained his manhood, removing thence to Montgomery County, Tenn., near Clarksville, where he married Delilah Dodd, and where Melville V. was born in 1845. In that county the mother died about 1851, the father surviving until 1869, when he too died. In 1861 Melville V. entered the Confederate Army, as a member of Company G, Forty-ninth Tennessee Infantry. He served till the close of the war and the restoration of peace; participated in many of the chief battles, and was five times wounded. After the war, he went to the city of Clarksville, Tenn., and engaged as a salesman for a few years, removing to Paducah, Ky., in 1872, where he established a grocery business, since which time he has been thus actively employed. He is now located at No. 102 Broadway. Mr. Cherry was married, at Paducah, in 1873, to Miss Emma Rieke, who was born in Germany, in 1845. Their only child is Melville R. Cherry, who was born August 10, 1874. Both Mr. and Mrs. Cherry are honored members of the Presbyterian Church.

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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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