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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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WILLIAM L. SULLIVAN. Among the early settlers of Paducah were Abel Sullivan and his wife, Nancy (McDaniel) Sullivan. The former was a native of North Carolina, though of Irish ancestry. He came in boyhood to Kentucky and settled in Muhlenburg County, and there, in 1825, he married Miss McDaniel, a lady of Scotch descent, and in 1831 they removed to Paducah. Abel Sullivan spent many years in Paducah merchandising. He died in Massac County, Ill., 1871, in his eighty-ninth year; his wife survived him until 1872, when she died in Grayville, Ill., at the age of seventy-one years. These parents had three children, of whom William L. is the eldest. He was born on May 6, 1823, in Paducah, and is now the oldest native male resident of the city. With the exception of a very few years, Mr. Sullivan has always been a resident of Paducah, and at the age of fourteen years began his mercantile career, as a salesman in a grocery house. He is now one of the oldest of the Paducah merchants and is the proprietor of a flourishing grocery business. In 1856, in Paducah, he married Miss Mattie Brown. She died of cholera in 1873, leaving one child, Harry Sullivan, now of St. Louis. His present wife, to whom he was married June 17, 1875, was Miss Birdie Ellithorpe. Their union has resulted in the birth of seven children, of whom Maggie, Mattie and Frank are living. Mr. Sullivan is a Knight Templar, in the Masonic order; a member of the A. O. U. W., K. of H. and of the I. O. O. F., and has served the city of Paducah as marshal and tax collector.

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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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