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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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RILEY & FORD, editors and proprietors of the Owen Democrat. OTIS V. RILEY was born in Owen County, Ky., August 26, 1860, and is a son of Ninian S. and Julia (Violette) Riley. Ninian S. Riley was born in Owen County, was a farmer by occupation, married Miss Violette, daughter of Joseph Violette, of Henry County, and was the father of nine children. Samuel H. Riley, grandfather of our subject, was born in Harrison County, Ky., in 1807, and was a farmer. He removed to Owen County in 1832, and located in Dallasburg Precinct, where he still lives, at the age of eighty years. The maternal grandfather of our subject, Joseph Violette, was a native of Woodford County, Ky.; was also a farmer, and died in Woodford County in 1853. Otis V. Riley was educated in the State college of Kentucky, at Lexington, where he graduated in 1884, with the degree of Bachelor of Science. After leaving college he taught school awhile, and then read law under Judge J. H. Dorman, of Owenton, and was admitted to the bar in 1886. During the same year he, with R. C. Ford, bought the Owen Democrat, which newspaper these gentlemen conduct in connection with their law practice. Mr. Riley is an ardent Democrat, and a member of the Baptist Church.

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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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