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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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VALENTINE O. SWEATMAN was born in 1838, in the then village of Paducah, and is a son of Luke and Parmelia (Owen) Sweatman. His mother died when the subject of this sketch was but an infant, and, as a consequence, he was reared by his uncle on a farm, in Union County, Ky. Soon after attaining his majority, he went to the city of Paducah, and accepted a position in the drug store of Alexander B. Kinkead, and remained with him, and his successor, until December, 1862, when he formed a partnership with Dr. Kinkead, his former employer, in the same line of business. The firm of Kinkead & Sweatman was succeeded, in 1866, by the firm of A. B. & M. Kinkead. Mr. Sweatman then established another store, and has been constantly in the trade since. He married, in 1866, Miss Cynthia A., daughter of R. C. Campbell, of Paducah. Their two children are: Angie May and Lloyd Sweatman. Mr. Sweatman, wife and both children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, of Paducah.

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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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