My Genealogy Hound

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.

* * * *

SAMUEL HOUSTON was born in the city of Paducah, November 25, 1838, to Eli and Sarah (Best) Houston. His parents, who were natives of the State of Ohio, came to Kentucky and settled in Paducah, about December, 1834. His father, Eli Houston, was a contractor and builder and a fine mechanic; he removed from Paducah to Memphis, Tenn., in 1845; was for a considerable time superintendent of public works in the United States Navy Yard at Memphis; thence to Sacramento City, Cal., from whence he returned to Paducah in 1854, but again returned to the Pacific States, and died in Nevada, in 1860. His wife, Sarah (Best) Houston, died in Paducah in 1863. Samuel Houston began the study of law soon after returning from California, in 1857, in the law office of King & King; was regularly admitted to the practice in 1859, and opened an office at Paducah for the practice of his profession. In 1862 he was elected to the office of city attorney, a position he occupied through six consecutive terms of office for ten years. He was formerly associated with his brother, H. H. Houston, in the practice; the latter withdrew and is now clerk of the city council, since which time the subject of this sketch has practiced alone.

* * * *

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

View additional McCracken County, Kentucky family biographies here: McCracken County, Kentucky Biographies

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.