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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  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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HOTCHKISS & GADDIE J. A. Hotchkiss was born December 31, 1853, in Fayette County, Ky. He is a son of Mark and Martha (Poisel) Hotchkiss. The father was born in New York; he came to Kentucky in 1850, and engaged in agricultural pursuits, also worked at the millwright business; he died in 1868, aged fifty-one. The mother was born in Nicholas County, Ky., and is now living with her son in Arlington. Our subject was reared on his father’s farm, received a good common school education, and at the age of twenty entered a store as clerk, and since that time he has been engaged in merchandizing. In 1876 he came to Arlington and secured employment with P. Q. Read, and later with McConnell & Stanley, continuing in their employ until January, 1883, when the firm of Hotchkiss, Gaddie & Co., was established, which, has since continued, and is doing a business of about $15,000 a year. Mr. Hotchkiss is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Knights of the Golden Rule and of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. J. W. Gaddie, of the above firm, was born April 19, 1851, in Hickman County. He is a son of J. L. and Nancy (Lamkin) Gaddie. The father was born in Hart County, Ky. In 1841 he moved to Hickman County, there engaged in farming, and is now a resident of Graves County. J. W. Gaddie was reared on his father’s farm, received a good common school education, and at the age of twenty-one commenced farming for himself; this he continued until 1879, when he came to Arlington, and was employed as salesman for McConnell & Stanley, remaining with the firm until January 1, 1883, at which time the present firm was established. Mr. Gaddie was married, October 9, 1883, to Miss Fannie Turner, of Ballard County. Mr. and Mrs. Gaddie are members of the Baptist Church.

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This family biography is one of 186 biographies included in the Ballard County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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