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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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DR. J. R. OWEN was born September 15, 1839, in Ballard County, Ky. He is a son of T. J. Owen, who was born June 8, 1808, in Warren County, Ky. T. J.’s parents were John H. and Elizabeth (Humphreys) Owen. The father was born in Halifax County. Va., and from the age of twenty-one until his death was engaged in the ministry. The mother was born in Caswell County, N. C.; she died at the advanced age of eighty-four years. T. J. Owen was reared on his father’s farm, and at the age of twenty-two moved to Calloway County and entered 160 acres of land; two years later he sold this land, and in 1832 came to what is now Ballard County; he there married Garthena (familiarly called Gettie) Willingham, of Hickman County; she died in 1844, leaving two children, Dr. J. R. Owen and Margaret E. (wife of Joel B. Reese). After marriage, the father-in-law gave Mr. Owen 160 acres of land, on which he resided until 1876, when he moved to Arlington, and has since been living with his son. When living on his farm, he held the office of postmaster several years. Dr. J. R. Owen commenced the study of medicine in September, 1865, under the preceptorship of Dr. George Beeler, of Clinton, continuing two years; he then attended a course of lectures at the Louisville University, after which he practiced in Hickman County four years; he then returned to Louisville, and graduated from the University in March, 1872; he then returned to Hickman County and continued the practice of his profession there five years. In December, 1876, he came to Arlington, where he has since been engaged in practice. He is a member of the Southwestern Kentucky Medical Association, the Masonic fraternity, and Knights of the Golden Rule. Dr. Owen was married January 7, 1866, to Fannie J. Wray of Hickman County; this union has been blessed with nine children—seven sons and two daughters. He enlisted, in 1861, in Company A, Second Kentucky Infantry, Confederate States Army; was wounded at the battle of Hartsville, and battle of Chickamauga, Tenn., and served to the end of the war.

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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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