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Below is a sample of a family biography
included in The History Kentucky, Edition 2 by W. H. Perrin, J. H.
Battle, G. C. Kniffen; and published by
F. A. Battey and Company in 1885.
These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing
ancestors or filling in the details in 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
DAVID J. FLEMING is a native of Muhlenburgh County, Ky., and was born January
10, 1834. His father, Samuel C. Fleming, was a Tennessean, born near the site
of the present city of Knoxville, in September, 1806; he was a farmer, and
died in 1876; his wife, Ann (Kimball) Fleming, whom he married in 1832,
survived him some years. They were the parents of five children, David J.
being the eldest. The father of Samuel C. Fleming was of English descent; he
was one of the pioneers of Kentucky, and served in the war of 1812. David J.
Fleming was born and reared on the farm. At the age of twenty-one years he had
made considerable progress in the study of books, and took up teaching, which
he followed for several years. May 9, 1858, he married Elizabeth, a daughter
of Jacob Garst, of McLean County, Ky.; she died February 24, 1873, leaving six
children: George Q., Mary W., Jacob T., Samuel M., Margaret A. and James G.
Mr. Fleming's second marriage occurred March 7, 1875, with Virginia E. Westray,
of Muhlenburgh County; to this marriage have been born two daughters: Lena C.
and Carra S., and one son, Lewis E. Mr. Fleming joined the Federal army in
1861. He was a member of Hewitt's battery of the First Kentucky Light
Artillery. At the battle of Murfreesboro he was captured by the enemy, and
after four days, was "paroled" by Gen. Forrest. He was soon after exchanged,
and joined his command in time to take part in the battle of Stone River, and
later in the siege of Tullahoma, after which with his command he was assigned
to garrison duty. October 24, 1874, he received an honorable discharge and
re-turned to his farm, which he soon after exchanged for 200 acres, where he
now resides; afterward he added 250 acres to the purchase; then lost all by
going security for a friend. He then set to work to repair his losses, and has
regained his farm of 450 acres, which he has improved with good buildings,
fences, two large orchards, etc. The farm has good water, and produces
abundant crops of grain, and Mr. Fleming gives a good share of his attention
to the raising of stock. Politically his views are very liberal, he takes
little interest in politics, but takes a strong position in favor of
temperance, in which cause he devotes much of his time. His religious views
are based on the Universalist doctrine, of which faith he has been a minister
for twenty-five years. Mrs. Fleming is also a member of the same church.
This family biography is one of 1216
biographies included in The History Kentucky, Edition 2 published
in 1885. For the complete description, click here:
The History Kentucky, Edition 2