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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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DR. SAMUEL B. CALDWELL is a native of Henry County, Tenn., and was born November 2, 1824, to John L. and Myra (Morgan) Caldwell, natives of South and North Carolina respectively. Their respective parents removed from the Carolinas to Logan County, this State, about 1814, and the parents of our subject moved to Henry County, Tenn., soon afterward. The father was a farmer by occupation and had served as constable in Calloway and McCracken Counties. To the parents were born eight children, of whom four survive: Samuel B., Elizabeth (married to John M. Johnson), H. R. and Charles M. Dr. Samuel B., the subject of these lines, removed from his native county to Calloway County, this State, with his parents in 1825, and in March, 1834, came to this county, where he has since resided. He commenced the study of medicine under Dr. Van Zandt, of St. Louis, Mo., and afterward took a course of lectures at the Missouri University. Mr. Caldwell suffered at the time from a tendency to blindness, and had found no relief until the services of Dr. Van Zandt were enlisted. He thereafter made a specialty of the eye himself, and returning to this county offered his professional services in this direction, but finally drifted into a general practice, which he continued for about fifteen years. He had studied surveying also in early life, and previous to practicing medicine was engaged in laying out towns and lands in Texas and elsewhere, and has been county surveyor of McCracken County several terms. Of late years he has devoted his attention more to his farming interests. He belongs to the Masonic fraternity, having been a member of the R. A. C. for over thirty years, and was one of the charter members of the Oakland Lodge. He married Miss Elizabeth J. Napier, a daughter of John Napier, of Casey County, Ky., who was for two terms a member of the State legislature. Mr. and Mrs. Caldwell have four children: James H., Samuel B., Mary B. and Reuben D.

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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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