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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. THOMAS RIVERS was born in Christian County, Ky., in 1830, from whence his parents removed to Hickman County, while he was yet a child, and where his father, who was a physician, died in 1838. His mother then removed to Montgomery County, Tenn., and there Thomas grew to manhood. He studied medicine with Dr. Dabney, and in 1850 entered the medical department of the University of Louisville, Ky.; later he became a student in the medical department of the University of New York, from which he graduated in 1853, and the same year opened an office and established a practice in Hickman, Fulton Co., Ky. In 1858 he removed to Arkansas, and there followed his profession until the war began. In 1862, he entered the Confederate Army as surgeon of the Thirty-first Tennessee Regiment, which position he retained through the entire war. Prior, however, to his connection with the Thirty-first Tennessee, he, in 1861, became assistant surgeon in a command of Missouri State Guards, under Col. Waugh. After the final surrender, Dr. Rivers located in Ballard County, and practiced medicine with success till March, 1882, when he removed to Paducah. He is a member of the Masonic order, of the Southwestern Medical Society and of the Paducah Medical Club. Dr. Rivers was married in Ballard County, Ky., in 1868, to Miss Sue Terrell, daughter of Horace Terrell. Their children are Horace T., Thomas, Edwin A, Jane D., Robert J. and John F. Rivers.

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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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