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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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THOMAS E. GRAY, physician and surgeon, was born in Grant County, Ky., January 28, 1855, and is the son of Thomas and Martha (Degarnette) Gray. Thomas Gray, a native of Bourbon County, Ky., was born in 1829; he was a farmer by occupation, which he followed until 1876, when he was elected sheriff of Owen County, and served until 1880, when he resumed farming; he has a family of seven children, but his wife died in 1886. William Gray, the grandfather of Thomas E. Gray, was a native of Virginia, who came to Kentucky when a young man; he was a cooper by trade, but after settling in Kentucky he engaged in farming; he married Polly Andrews, who is still living in Grant County, at the age of ninety two years. Abijah Degarnette, maternal grandfather of our subject, was a native of Virginia, but located in Henry County, Ky., early in life, where he died in 1862; his father came from France. Thomas E. Gray was educated in Owen County. He read medicine with Dr. J. W. McGinniss, in 1879, and attended the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, where he graduated in 1880. In October, 1885, he married Miss Susan Threlkeld, daughter of Lycurgus Threlkeld, of Owen County, and one child — Walter F. — has blessed their union. Mr. Gray is a Democrat and an Odd Fellow.

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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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