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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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PHILIP D. YEISER is a native of Lancaster, Garrard Co., Ky., and was born November 14, 1817. His early education, which was limited, was obtained in the village schoolhouse of his native place, where he remained until he reached his seventeenth year; was then apprenticed to the trade of house carpenter, serving four years. He followed this pursuit until 1852, when he decided upon a radical change in his life pursuit. During the years while plying his trade, he had found time for mental improvement, and occupied himself in the study of surveying and reading law. In 1853, having passed the required examination under Judges Bullock and Goodloe, he was admitted to the bar. He then opened an office in Eddyville, Lyon Co., Ky., and while establishing a practice, supported his family by surveying. Thus he struggled upward until the outbreak of the war, when, in consequence of his adherence to the Union, he became unpopular with the masses in his vicinity. He went to Southland, Ky., and recruited a large portion of a regiment of soldiers for the Federal Army, which was taken to the field by Col. S. D. Bruce. In January, 1862, Mr. Yeiser removed to Paducah, and in the same year was elevated to the office of commonwealth attorney for the First Judicial District; served three years, and resigned to devote his time to his own private business. He is still in the law practice, and one of the oldest of the profession in Paducah. In 1842 he was married to Miss Ellen Durham, of Boyle County. She died in Danville, Ky., leaving one child, a son, D. A. Yeiser, now a druggist of Paducah. He then contracted a marriage with Miss Margaret Craig, of Danville, Ky.; she died in Eddyville, leaving three children: Ella, Florence (deceased), and Henry C. Yeiser, of Cincinnati, Ohio; has another son by a third marriage, P. D. Yeiser, Jr., a stenographer in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mr. Yeiser is a Republican in his political preferences, and has been for forty years a member of the I. O. O. F.

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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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