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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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WILLIAM R. BEARDEN, one of Todd County’s leading farmers, tobacco and stock traders, was born January 1, 1833, in Montgomery County, Tenn. He is the second of five children-—four boys and one girl —four now living, born to Benjamin B. and Elizabeth (Majors) Bearden, natives of Montgomery County, Tenn., of English descent. The father is the son of William Bearden, born in England; the mother is the daughter of James and Sarah (Weekly) Majors, who was reared in Montgomery County, Tenn. Subject’s early educational advantages were poor; he attended school about two years in all, and has by his own efforts succeeded in getting a fair business education; his grandfather Bearden was a farmer; his grandfather Majors, taught school for a considerable time. Subject was reared on the farm and lived with his parents until he attained his majority, when he engaged in farming for himself. He was married April 20, 1858, to Miss Susan M. Norman, of Todd County, Ky., a native of Simpson County, Ky., daughter of William H. and Dorothy (Turnel) Norman, natives of Simpson County, of English origin. Subject had born to him, by this union, two children, both dead; one was named Henry. Mrs. Bearden died February, 1861. On February 2, 1865, subject married Dooha A. Patton, of Todd County, daughter of Robert and Emaline (McKinney) Patton, natives of Virginia and Muhlenburg County, Ky., respectively of English and Irish origin; to this union were born two children— Dorothea A. and Emma. In June, 1870, Mr. Bearden was again left a widower. On November 18, 1874, he was married to Sarah Armstrong, of Todd County, daughter of Charles and Eda (Stinnett) Armstrong.

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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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