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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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J. C. SMOOT was born in Clinton County, Ind., February 4, 1835, and is a son of George and Dorothy (Dennis) Smoot. George was born in Owen County, Ky., February 8, 1801. He moved to Indiana in 1828, where he lived until 1835, when he returned to Kentucky. He was an old and highly respected farmer, and died in Owen County in 1882. Reed Smoot, paternal grandfather of J. C. Smoot, was born in Culpeper County, Va. He was a Revolutionary soldier, and married Fannie Clark, a native of Virginia. He came to Kentucky at an early day, being among the first settlers. He was a very wealthy man, and owned 10,000 acres of Owen County land. Dorothy (Dennis) Smoot was born in Franklin County, Ky., a daughter of Jesse Dennis. Jesse Dennis was a wealthy farmer, and was killed by a horse kicking him in 1840. He was born in Woodford County in 1788, and his father, Samuel, was born in Ireland, came to America in 1773, and was a brave soldier of the Revolutionary war. J. C. Smoot was educated at the common schools of Owen County. He has made farming his chief occupation, and owns a farm of 400 acres, which he values at $20 per acre. February 20, 1864, Mr. Smoot married Susan E. Marston, daughter of William and Nancy J. (Proctor) Marston, and two children have blessed their union: W. K. and Helen. William Marston, the father of Susan E., was a prominent and wealthy farmer of Owen County; he died September 11, 1863. Mr. Smoot is a stanch member of the Republican party.

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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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