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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 REED was born in Owen County, Ky., March 8, 1830, and is a son of James and Jane (Garvey) Reed, who were natives of the Old Dominion, and immigrated to Kentucky at an early day. James Reed was a wheelwright and farmer, and a soldier in the war of 1812. He was born in 1771, and died in Owen County January 20, 1833. Jane (Garvey) Reed was born February 17, 1786, and was a daughter of Job and Mary Garvey; she died August 29, 1874. Job Garvey served seven years in the Revolutionary war under Gen. Washington. Thomas Reed received his education in the common schools of Owen County. He has made farming his chief occupation through life, and owns a fine farm of seventy-five acres, valued at $90 per acre. December 18, 1866, Mr. Reed married Miss L. F. Alexander, daughter of Travis D. and Nellie (Vandaren) Alexander. Mr. and Mrs. Reed are members of the Baptist Church, and in politics Mr. Reed is a stanch Democrat. He enlisted in the Confederate Army, Company B, Fourth Kentucky Cavalry, at Lexington, Ky., October 6, 1862, and at the close of the war was honorably discharged at Mount Sterling, Ky., May 4, 1865.

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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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