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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 WHEELIS was born in Murray County, Tenn., in 1832, and in boyhood came with his parents, Elijah and Mary (Jackson) Wheelis, to the State of Kentucky. They settled in Graves County, where they engaged in the pursuits of agriculture, and where the parents died — the father in 1844, and the mother two years later. After the death of his parents, William came to the city of Paducah, where he has since lived, and where he is held in esteem as one of the most worthy citizens. In 1857 he was placed upon the city police force, doing efficient service as a member of that body until 1869. In 1871 he was elected to the position of street inspector for Paducah, and now holds that office. Mr. Wheelis is an honored member of the K. of H., but is not affiliating with any religious denomination.

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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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