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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  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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ELIJAH ARNOLD, lawyer, was born in Owen County, Ky., December 28, 1831, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Veal) Arnold, the latter a daughter of Samuel Veal, a native of Alexandria, Va. John Arnold was a native of Goldsborough, N. C., and was born in 1776. He immigrated to Woodford County, Ky., with his parents and afterward to Owen County. He was thrice married; first to Miss Wood, of North Carolina, who died at Cumberland Gap, then to Miss Freyer, of Owen County, Ky., and after her death to Miss Veal, the mother of our subject. He was the father of eighteen children, six of whom are now living. He died in 1851, his wife surviving him until 1884, when she died at the advanced age of ninety-three years. Samuel Arnold, paternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of North Carolina, where he lived and died. Elijah Arnold was reared in Owen County, where he received his early education, and in 1851 entered the Grenner School. In 1855 he read law with Hiram Kelsey, of Owen County, and was admitted to the bar in 1858. He entered politics as a Democrat, and in 1856 was elected sheriff of Owen County, which office he filled two terms. In 1862 he was elected county attorney of the same county; although a Democrat he was opposed to secession, and voted for Stephen A. Douglas. In 1867 he resumed the practice of law at New Liberty, Owen County, where he remained until 1876, when he located at New Columbus, where he has since lived, and owns a farm near the latter town. In 1851 he married Miss Elizabeth Curtis, daughter of John Curtis, of Owen County, who was a native of Virginia. He has a family of three children: Lucy, John C. and Susie. Mr. Arnold is a Mason, and, with his family, is a member of the Christian Church.

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This family biography is one of 55 biographies included in the Owen County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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