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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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LEWIS and PHILL ALEXANDER are twin brothers, and were born in Owen County, Ky., August 29, 1831. They are sons of J. D. and Elizabeth P. (Orr) Alexander. J. D. Alexander was a native of North Carolina, and Elizabeth P. (Orr) Alexander was born in Culpeper County, Va.; their marriage took place in Scott County, Ky., and they moved to Owen County at an early day. Elizabeth P. (Orr) Alexander was a daughter of William and Mary (Gaines) Orr, natives of the Old Dominion; she had two sisters, one of whom is the mother of Gen. Lovett H. Rousseau, of Louisville. The brothers received their education at Hanover College, Ind. Both of them own excellent farms in Owen County. These men have been clearly identified with the tobacco interest of their county, for which it is famous. Their similarity in personal appearance is quite remarkable, in so much that their most intimate friends fail at times to recognize them. Lewis joined the Confederate Army, and served in the Fourth Kentucky Cavalry, Company B, the last three years of the late war, and was wounded at the battle of Mt. Sterling on the 7th of June, 1864. In 1868 he married Mrs. Bell Rice, widow of J. H. Rice, and a daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Hill) Crutcher, natives of Spencer County, Ky. She had one son by her first husband, viz.: Albert S. Rice, who is the present circuit clerk of Owen County. Mr. and Mrs. Alexander have three children, viz.: Younger, Flora B. and Annie L. Phill Alexander married Miss Mattie Baker, daughter of Shelby and Elizabeth (Vallandingham) Baker, and four children have blessed this union, viz.: Lewis, Jr., Charles W., John D. and Minnie B. The brothers are members of the Baptist Church, and stanch members of the Democrat party. The Alexander family is one of the most prominent in Owen County.

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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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