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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  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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T. JEFF CHILDRESS, farmer at Erlanger, Kenton Co., Ky., was born in Boone County, Ky., January 31, 1836, and is the fifth of six children born to Dr. Henry F. B. and Eliza A. (Carey) Childress. Dr. Henry Childress was born and reared in Virginia. He graduated in medicine from the University of Virginia, and about 1827 moved to Kentucky, and settled in Pendleton County for a few years, then moved to Boone County, where he practiced his profession the remainder of his days, and died in 1845; his wife still survives him. Thomas J. Childress was reared on the farm, and received his education at the common schools of Boone County. In 1858 he made a trip over the plains to the Rocky Mountains and Pike’s Peak, but returning in the fall of the same year, devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits until 1862, when he raised a company and joined the Sixth Kentucky Confederate Battalion, under Col. Jessey. He was promoted to first lieutenant, and served in that capacity until the close of the war, being a participant in many of the principal battles. He then returned home, and has followed farming ever since. He owns a farm of ninety-six acres in Kenton County. February 7, 1867, he married Miss Mary E. Bristow, daughter of Reuben L. and Statira (Stevens) Bristow, of Kenton County. Four children have blessed this union: Lewis L., Statira B., Thomas K. (deceased) and Henry F. Politically Mr. Childress is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 150 biographies included in the Kenton County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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