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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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ROBERT O. WASH, of the firm of Wash & Boyd, Paducah, was born in what is now Trigg County, Ky., in the year 1846. His parents were William O. and Frances (Goodlett) Wash, one of the old and highly respected families of that part of the State. William O. Wash, who by birth was a Virginian, settled in Kentucky in 1812. He married Miss Goodlett, a native of Kentucky, and of Scotch ancestors; he was reared a mechanic, with which he combined general farming, and spent a long and useful life in Trigg County. He there died in 1882, at the age of sixty-nine years. Robert O. Wash was reared on his father’s farm, which he conducted for some years after attaining his manhood. After abandoning the farm, however, he went to Hopkinsville, Ky., and engaged in the hotel business, until his removal to Paducah in 1876. In connection with Mr. M. Boyd, he opened a restaurant and saloon at No. 10 North Market Street. Mr. Wash is a member of the K. of H. and I. O. O. F., and is a most amiable gentleman.

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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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