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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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CAPT. THOMAS HALLORAN, of Paducah, Ky., was born in 1819, in Galway, Ireland, and is a son of Charles and Ann (Hogan) Halloran, both of whom died in the old country. At the age of fifteen years, Mr. Halloran came to the United States, first locating at Louisville, Ky., from whence, after a brief residence, he removed to Union County, Ky. He there opened what was then known as the DeKovan & Curlew coal mines, and also built the lines of railroad connecting these mines with the Ohio River. Since 1856, Mr. Halloran has been a resident of the city of Paducah, Ky. His life business, thus far, has been railroad construction and other public work, and in this capacity has constructed thirty or forty miles of the roads entering Paducah, besides having the superintendency of the construction of all the principal streets of that city. At the breaking out of the war in 1861, he organized a company of soldiers for the Confederate Army and was attached to the Seventeenth Mississippi Regiment, sharing in the fortunes of his company, of which he was captain, until the close of the war. He has been twice married, first in Louisville, Ky., in 1844, to Miss Catherine Ferry, and second in Paducah, Ky., in 1869, to Ann Clark. Both wives died in Paducah, the former in 1866, and the latter in January, 1878. Four children are now living as the result of his first marriage, viz.: Patrick, Charles, Frank M. and John Halloran. The three children of his second marriage are Kate, William and Mary Halloran. In positions of public trust, as a soldier and as a private citizen, Mr. Halloran has proven himself a true man, and among his large circle of acquaintances is highly respected for his many virtues. He is a member of the Catholic Church, and affiliates with the Democratic party. From 1878 to 1883 (five years) he spent in New Mexico, engaged in a mining investment.

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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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