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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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NEEDHAM STANLEY, deceased, was a native of North Carolina and was born in 1812. In 1832, being then just grown to manhood, he removed to Kentucky and located in McCracken County, where in after years he became an important farmer. Mr. Stanley was a man of more than ordinary ability, both mentally and physically; was thoroughly read in both common law and medicine, but devoted his time exclusively to the industries of the farm. He succeeded far beyond the average farmer, which was due to his physical energy and remarkable will-power. In common with the mass of southern planters, he lost heavily by the results of the civil war, yet at his decease left an estate of several hundred acres of land, together with other extensive possessions. He was for many years a deacon in the Baptist Church, in the faith of which he died in April, 1870. His wife, to whom he was married in McCracken County, Ky., and who is still a resident of that county, was a Miss Margaret Ratcliffe. She is a native of Virginia and a sister of George Ratcliffe, the present sheriff of McCracken County. Mr. Stanley reared a family of twelve children, all living except one, and noted for their strong physical development and sterling qualities. Their names are as follows: Lucy, wife of A. Williams; Robert, William; Ann, (deceased) wife of E. Futrell; Rebecca, wife of Exum Futrell; Richard P., deputy sheriff of McCracken County; Jennie, wife of George W. Lee; Ellen, wife of Robert A. Burgess; Fannie, George and Charles Stanley.

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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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