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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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NELSON SOULE was born in 1834, in Warren County, Ohio. He is a grandson of the late Bishop Joshua Soule, who died a few years since in Nashville, Tenn. His father’s name was also Joshua Soule, and his mother was Miss Anna Best. When Nelson was but a small child, his parents removed to Indianapolis, Ind., where the father died about 1852. At the age of eight years, Nelson Soule was taken to Sangamon County, Ill., where he remained with a farmer until fifteen years old, during which time his education was wholly neglected, with the exception perhaps of a very few months at school. In the year 1849 he came to Paducah, Ky., and there became an apprentice to the drug business, to which he has since devoted his time, except a few years spent in travelling and in the mines of California. He remained in the capacity of a druggist clerk until 1860, when he embarked in the business on his own account, and is still in the trade, located at No. 204, Broadway, Paducah. Mr. Soul is an unassuming gentleman, of high character, and a thorough business man, and while his modesty would prompt him to decline public mention, he has, nevertheless, by honest business energy, placed before the youths of this day an example worthy of emulation. He is a member of the Masonic order and K. of H. He was married in Paducah, in September, 1860, to Miss Lucyette McCabe, daughter of Anthony McCabe. They have been blessed with two sons: Nelson Lee, who died in November, 1881, in early manhood; and Leslie Soule, a graduate in pharmacy and assistant in his father’s business.

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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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