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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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JOHN S. MORGAN was born in Owen County, Ky., November 30, 1838, and is a son of Thomas and Martha H. (Ligon) Morgan. Thomas Morgan was born in North Carolina, in 1800, and was brought to Kentucky at an early day by his father, William Morgan. Thomas Morgan, when a young man, worked on public works; he helped to make the canal at Louisville. He followed farming in his old age and died in Owen County in 1863. William Morgan was born in North Carolina, and immigrated to Kentucky at a very early day, being an old pioneer of the “dark and bloody ground.” He was a Baptist preacher, and was a most excellent minister in his day. He could draw a larger audience than any other preacher in Owen County, and was never known to call upon his members for money, but would accept presents, when offered as compensation. No better man, or more able preacher, ever graced the pulpit in Owen County than William Morgan. Martha H. (Ligon) Morgan, was born in Virginia in 1810, and brought to Tennessee by her father, William Ligon, and later to Kentucky. William Ligon was a soldier, and served through the Revolutionary war, a school teacher, and a man of considerable ability. Mrs. Morgan is still living in Owen County. John S. Morgan was educated in the common schools of Owen County, and is a farmer of considerable wealth. He owns a farm of 100 acres, valued at $20, per acre, which is in a fine state of cultivation. March 26, 1868, Mr. Morgan married Miss N. C. Hunter, daughter of William R. and George Ann (Wallace) Hunter. Mr. Hunter was born and reared in Fayette County, Ky., near Lexington, and moved to Owen County in 1865. He was a carpenter by trade, and died in January, 1887, highly respected by all who knew him. Six children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Morgan, viz.: John W., Annie Marie (who died when five years old), C. T., M. E., L. F. and DeWitt Talmage. Mr. and Mrs. Morgan are faithful members of the Baptist Church. Politically he is a Democrat.

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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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