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Below is a family biography included in County of Todd, Kentucky, Historical and Biographical edited by William Henry Perrin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Co. in 1884.  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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BENJAMIN D. EDDINS was born in Todd County, Ky., November 4, 1841, where he still retains his residence, though about one-third of his farm lies in Christian County. His father, Dulany Eddins, was born August 14, 1800, in Orange County, Va., and died in Todd County, Ky., July 24, 1864. He was a member of the Bethel Baptist Church. The family are thought to have been of Scotch origin. Subject’s mother, Susan S. Downer, of Culpeper County, Va., was born June 14, 1806, and died in Todd County, February 11, 1874. Her grandfather, Col. John Slaughter, of the Revolutionary war, was a grandson of Francis Slaughter, who settled in Orange County, Va., prior to 1730. Subject was educated at the select schools in the neighborhood, until the war seriously interfered with the prosecution of his studies. He has read many good books, and is also well versed in the current literature of the day. By vocation he is a farmer, owning 300 acres of valuable and productive land, which he manages with success in the cultivation of tobacco, wheat, corn and stock, and it has been remarked by his neighbors that the products of his farm command the highest market price. He was married, October 1, 1874, to Miss Clara M., daughter of Rev. Samuel Baker, D. D., of Russellville, Ky. She was a graduate of the Evansville, Ind., High School, and died July 2, 1875. Subject is a member of the Blue Lodge, and of the Moore Chapter of Royal Arch Masons, of Fairview, Ky. He is also a member of the Grange; and while the organization existed, was a Good Templar. In religion he is connected with the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, and affiliates with the Democratic party in politics.

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This family biography is one of 200 biographies included in The History of Todd County, Kentucky published in 1884.  For the complete description, click here: Todd County, Kentucky History and Genealogy

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