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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 J. HARDIN, lawyer, was born in Owen County, Ky., October 19, 1834, and is a son of Thomas and Rachel (Allen) Hardin. Thomas Hardin, a son of Enos Hardin, was born in Owen County, November 4, 1801, and was reared and educated in his native county; he was a farmer, and had a family of nine children, all of whom are still living. Enos Hardin, a native of Virginia, married Martha Ashby, and located in Woodford County, Ky., in 1797; he was a farmer and trader, the father of four children, and died in 1820. Thomas J. Hardin was reared and educated in Owen County, and became a merchant. In 1862 he enlisted in the Federal Army as captain of company C, Ninth Kentucky Cavalry. He was in several engagements — at Richmond, Frankfort, Lawrenceburg, Marrowbone, Buffington Island and Cheshire, and was mustered out of service, in April, 1865, as adjutant Thirtieth Kentucky Infantry. He began the study of law in 1873 under direction of H. P. Montgomery, and was admitted to the bar in 1876. Mr. Hardin owns fine farming lands in Henry County, which he devotes to general farming, and good town property in Monterey, Owen County. February 4, 1864, he married Miss Florence E. Seston, and has four children, viz.: Walter L., Clyde A., Stella B. and Clarence S. At present writing Mr. Hardin is candidate for representative of Owen County on the Republican ticket. He was police judge of Monterey from 1874 to 1878.

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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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