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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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MORRIS MAXON, McCracken County, was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., April 15, 1831. His father, Jesse Maxon, a Pennsylvanian by birth, was a son of one of the original settlers on the Red Stone Creek. He was the owner of a grist-mill in Pittsburgh, prior to which he had operated a woolen mill at Wellsburg, W. Va. In 1850, he moved to Metropolis, Ill., where he farmed until his death, which occurred four years after coming west. His wife was Jane Nangle, of Washington County, Penn. When a boy, subject worked in his father’s mills, attended school, securing a good business education. He then worked as a jouneyman two years in Pittsburgh mills, when he came west and was similarly engaged in Evansville and Booneville, Ind., for several years. He next came to Paducah, and after remaining there three years moved to Metropolis, Ill., where, under the firm name of Brown & Maxon, the “Metropolitan Mills” were erected and operated by them four years. Mr. Maxon then came to McCracken County and built his present mill, known as Maxon’s Mill. It is located on a tract of 300 acres of land, besides which Mr. Maxon has a farm of 326 acres of fine improved land, but a few miles from Paducah. The mill does an extensive business, requiring, in common with his other business interests, the investments of a large amount of capital. Mr. Maxon married, in 1864, Miss Sallie Kennedy, of Massac County, Ill. The union has given four children: Orville, Stephen Wayne (deceased), Jesse and Daisy. Mr. Maxon is a member of the K. T., of Paducah, and various other secret and benevolent associations and is active in his support of the cause of temperance.

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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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