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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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RUFUS E. WADE was born in 1847, in Henry County, Tenn. His parents, who are still living and highly respected citizens of Marshall County, Ky., are Robert A. Wade and Mary Wade, nee Hardy; the former a native of North Carolina, and the latter of Kentucky. They settled in the county, in which they now live, in 1854, and reared two children: Rufus E. and Mary, the wife of S. A. Wade, of Marshall County. Rufus E., in his boyhood, worked upon his father’s farm, and meantime attended the schools of the country, completing his studies in the high school of Murray, Calloway Co., Ky. His first occupation was that of a school-teacher, first in Marshall and Livingston Counties, and later in Texas. Returning from Texas, he went to Paris, Tenn., and learned the art of photographing, which occupied his attention from 1870 to 1876, principally in Paducah. In 1877 he embarked in his present business, that of tobacco rehandler. Mr. Wade is a man of pleasing address, and of fine business qualifications; as a tobacco trader he does a very extensive business. As an artist he was attended with marked success, which is so rarely attained by men of that profession; while as a teacher he proved himself particularly efficient. He is an ardent advocate of popular education, and for seven years has been a member of the Paducah board of education, and is now president of that body. In 1871 Mr. Wade contracted a marriage with Miss Mary Johnson, daughter of Col. Alfred Johnson, who was lieutenant-colonel of the Third Kentucky Regiment, Confederate Army. Mr. Wade is a member of the Masonic order and of the Baptist Church. His children are Mary Lela and Frederick Wade.

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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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