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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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G. W. GILES was born in Owen County, Ky., October 3, 1837, and is a son of Henry and Maria (Smither) Giles. Henry Giles was born at No. 154 Broadway, New York City, about 1796, and graduated at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N. Y., and entered the regular army, where he rose to the rank of brevet lieutenant-general. He came to Kentucky, settled in Owen County, and was a member of the House of Representatives in 1854. Aquilla Giles, the grandfather of G. W. Giles, was a general in the Revolution, was with Washington, and participated in all the battles of that war. Maria (Smither) Giles was born in Owen County, Ky., in 1804, and was a daughter of Leonard and Elizabeth Smither, natives of Virginia, who immigrated to Owen County and settled on a farm. G. W. Giles was educated in the common schools of Owen County, and has made farming and stock trading his occupation. He owns a line farm of 154 acres, in a high state of cultivation, which he values at $20 per acre. He married Miss Nannie Marlow, daughter of Andrew and Persilla (Barnes) Marlow. Andrew Marlow was born in Belfast, Ireland, came to America, where he was a teacher and merchant, and died at Springport, Ky. Persilla Marlow was born in Owen County in 1822, and was a daughter of William P. and Nancy (Thomas) Barnes, natives of Virginia, who immigrated to Kentucky, and settled in Owen County. Mr. and Mrs. Giles have two children: Marcia and Bertha. Mr. Giles is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics is a Breckinridge Democrat. He was also one of the first to take hold of the prohibition cause in Owen County, and was at the head of the list asking the privilege of voting on it in his district.

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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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