My Genealogy Hound

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.

* * * *

J. H. SMOOT was born in Owen County, Ky., May 17, 1843, and is a son of George and Dorothy (Dennis) Smoot. George Smoot was a native of Owen County, and was born in 1801. He was a man of considerable wealth for his day and time, and died in 1883. Reed Smoot, paternal grandfather of our subject, born in Virginia, immigrated to Kentucky at an early day, and was among the pioneers of the “dark and bloody” ground. Dorothy (Dennis) Smoot, a daughter of Jesse and Sarah (Highfield) Dennis, was born in Woodford County, Ky., about 1807. Jesse Dennis 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. H. Smoot was educated in the common schools of Owen County, but was twenty-three years old before he learned the alphabet; by hard study and diligent application he was soon able to teach school, which he followed for three years. He married Miss Katie Branham, daughter of Benjamin and Martha (Crawford) Branham, in 1872, and one son has blessed their union, Stonie, who was born January 18, 1878. Mr. Smoot owns 176 acres of well improved land in a good state of cultivation. In politics he is a Republican.

* * * *

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

View additional Owen County, Kentucky family biographies here: Owen County, Kentucky Biographies

Use the links at the top right of this page to search or browse thousands of other family biographies.