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Below is a sample of a family biography included in The History Kentucky, Edition 4 by W. H. Perrin, J. H. Battle, G. C. Kniffen; and published by F. A. Battey and Company in 1887.  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.

SAMUEL ALLEN VAN SICKLE was born December 23, 1842, in Marion County, Ky., and in 1866 located on Salt River, six miles west of Danville, Boyle County, where he has since retained his residence. His father, Samuel Van Sickle, a native of Pennsylvania, was born August 28,1794, removed to Kentucky in youth, was a farmer and slave-holder, and died November 12, 1803. He was the son of Anthony Van Sickle, an immigrant to Pennsylvania, whose offspring beside Samuel were Jesse, Eli, Joseph, Patsey (Pritchett), and a son who went west whose name is not remembered. Samuel married Rachael Swan, of Pennsylvania, and from their union sprang Elizabeth (Adams), Martha (Askren and Means), Rebecca (Paddocks), Sarah (Thomure), Mary (deceased), Maria J. (Kimble) and Samuel A. His second marriage was to Mrs. Elnora Sutton (nee Root), and their children are Jesse G. and Mary L. (Aldrich). January 1, 1868, Samuel A. Van Sickle was united in marriage with Miss Maria O., daughter of Osborn and Eliza (Lobb) Clemmons, of Boyle County (born December 2, 1846), and to them have been born Minnie and Emma C. Osborn Clemmons was born near St. Mary's, Marion Co., Ky., was a merchant at Perryville, and died in 1847. His children are Mary E. (Hardin) and Maria 0. (Van Sickle). After the death of her husband Mrs. Clemmons married Jehu Harlan, and their one child was Minerva (deceased). Mr. Van Sickle was educated at the common schools of the country, and has improved his opportunities by reading standard works and current literature. He is a successful farmer, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, also a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a Democrat.

This family biography is one of 602 biographies included in The History Kentucky, Edition 4 published in 1887.  For the complete description, click here: The History Kentucky, Edition 4


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