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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 F. CARNEAL was born in Todd County, November 16, 1855; his parents are Joseph S. and Lucinda A. (Shemwell) Carneal, both natives of Kentucky. The father was a farmer, and served nine months in the Twenty-fifth Kentucky Regiment, United States Army, during the late war; he had the measles while in the army, and never recovered; his death was caused from that disease; his death occurred June 11, 1883; he was a member of the Baptist Church. The mother is still living at the age of sixty-eight, and makes her home with her son Benjamin. She is a member of the Baptist Church. Of their four children only two survive. Benjamin has always lived on this farm and has come into possession of it; it is a home-like residence, with about eighty-five acres of land, situated about a mile from Clifty Postoffice. He was married October 12, 1882, to Miss Mary Groves, daughter of James and Jane Groves, of Todd County. This union is blessed by the birth of one child—Eldred. Both parents are members of the Baptist Church.

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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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