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Below is a sample of a family biography included in The History Kentucky, Edition 1 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 record.

M. W. HARDIN, was born in Marion County, Ky., February 16, 1823, and is a son of Otho and Nancy (Davis) Hardin. The father was also a native of Marion County, and was born March 15, 1791. His father, a native of Virginia, having come to the State some time prior to the Revolution. In 1828 Otho Hardin came to this county, and settled within half a mile of where subject is now living in Section 4, Town 1. Range 2 west. He was a farmer, and owned at one time considerable land. He died June 5, 1871; his wife died in 1846. Both were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. M. W. Hardin is the second of seven children, six of whom are living. He remained at home until twenty-four, and then settled on the present farm of 200 acres, a part of which he has divided among his children. In 1858 he commenced to work at the carpenter trade, and has followed it to some extent ever since. Mr. Hardin was married September 1, 1847, to Miss Nancy J. Hicks, a daughter of John and Margaret (Sutton) Hicks, who came here in 1832 from Jessamine County, Ky. Mrs. Hardin was born in that county, and is the mother of nine children, all of whom are living: Otho H., John W., James R., M. S., Margaret S., M. D., T. W., Nancy J. and Donnie L. Subject and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and Mr. Hardin is a local preacher in that denomination. He is also a member of the Westley Lodge, No. 452, A. F. & A. M. February, 1862, he enlisted in Faulkner's company of Polk's scouts, but after three months' service the company was disbanded.

This family biography is one of 761 biographies included in The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885.  For the complete description, click here: The History of Kentucky, Edition 1

Additional sample biographies from The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 can be viewed here:

Ballard County, Kentucky Genealogy

Calloway County, Kentucky Genealogy

Fulton County, Kentucky Genealogy

Graves County, Kentucky Genealogy

Hickman County, Kentucky Genealogy

Marshall County, Kentucky Genealogy

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