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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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R. H. KEMPER was born in Owen County, Ky., April 4, 1834, and is a son of Charley and Delphia (Yancey) Kemper. Charley Kemper was born in Lexington, Ky., moved to Owen County, settled on a farm, and made farming a life-long occupation; he died about 1874. The paternal grandfather of our subject was born in Virginia, immigrated to Fayette County, Ky., settled on a farm, and died in Lexington. Delphia (Yancey) Kemper was a daughter of Phillip Yancey, a native of Virginia who came to Kentucky at an early day. R. H. Kemper was educated in the common schools of Owen County, and has made farming his chief occupation. He owns a good farm of 173 acres, in a fine state of cultivation, which he values at $25 per acre. In 1856 Mr. Kemper married Miss Jane F. Yancey, daughter of William and Elizabeth (Davis) Yancey, natives of Owen County. Mr. and Mrs. Kemper have had ten children born to them, viz.: Allie (who died in 1873), Melvina, William (who died in 1871), Warren, Lizzie D., Cora, James W. (who died in infancy), Annie, Ella N. and Hally D. Mr. and Mrs. Kemper are members of the Baptist Church, and in politics Mr. Kemper 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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