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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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VOLNEY A. McCUTCHEN descends from Scotch-Irish ancestors, and is a son of William and Esther McCutchen, nee Kennedy. The father was born in Tennessee, though of Virginia parentage. He settled in Logan County, Ky., in the latter part of the last century, when a mere boy. There he married, lived to a ripe old age, and there died, near the town of South Union, about 1874. His wife, Esther Kennedy, a native of North Carolina, died several years prior. They had a family of six children, Volney A. being the third; two died in early life. Volney A. was born in Logan County, December 9, 1826, and there grew to years of maturity, meantime receiving a common English education at Bowling Green, after which he graduated at the Danville College. He devoted his attention to the pursuits of agriculture, first in Christian County, removing thence to Ballard County. In 1864 he enlisted in the Confederate Army under the command of Gen. Forrest, and July, 1864, lost his left arm in the battle of Harrisburg. On his return home he engaged in mercantile pursuits, first in Hickman, Ky., removing thence to Paducah in 1870, where, soon after, he established a tobacco stemmery and has since operated extensively in the tobacco market. Mr. McCutchen was married in 1850, in Todd County, Ky., to Miss Elizabeth H. Mason. Their children are: William T., Bell (wife of C. F. Sugg, of Alabama), Mallie and Lee. Subject is a member of the Baptist Church and a Knight Templar in the Masonic fraternity.

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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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