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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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RICHARD J. BARBER was born in Halifax County, Va., in December, 1839. In 1845 his parents, Dr. Thomas Barber and Harriet (Maynard) Barber, removed with their family to west Tennessee, where R. J. was reared, and where he received an ordinary English education. In 1861 he espoused the cause of the Confederacy, and enlisted in the Twenty-seventh Tennessee Regiment, Company F, and in the organization of his company was made first lieutenant. He was promoted, in 1862, to the office of captain, and for three years shared all the experiences of his regiment, one of the most active in the Southern ranks. He was severely wounded at the battle of Shiloh, and two days after reported for duty, was again wounded, this time at Farmington, near Corinth, during the siege of that place. In 1864, in west Tennessee, he was made a prisoner, was paroled, and then became a resident of Paducah for the first time. He soon after engaged in mercantile business, and was a member of the firm of J. M. White & Co., but soon severed his connection with it to engage in the wholesale grocery trade, which he conducted about five years. He then operated on the tobacco market, part of his time as inspector, until January, 1883, when he opened his present business. He is located on the corner of Market Street and Broadway, and is certainly an honor to the business circle of Paducah. Mr. Barber is an accepted member of the Presbyterian Church, Masonic order and K. of H. He was married in Paducah, 1865, to Miss Mamie Anderson, daughter of S. Q. Anderson. Their two children are Samuel and Lucy Barber.

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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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