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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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SAMUEL K. HINSHEY was born November 6, 1830, in Logan County, Ky., where he grew to manhood and in 1857 removed to Ballard County, where he has since resided. His father, Jonas Hinshey, a native of Virginia, was a soldier in the war of 1812, and died in 1837, aged forty-one years. He was a son of Morris, an Englishman, who served in the American Revolution and died about 1835. Jonas married Mrs. Margaret Ford; she died in 1873, aged over eighty years, a daughter of Benjamin Smith, and from this union sprang: our subject, Benjamin S. and Granville. The Ford children are: John, Charles, Robert C., Henry M., Mary A. (Perrin) and Patience. On March 24, 1853, subject was married to Miss Jane A. (born in 1834, died in 1871), daughter of Samuel B. and Mary (Turner) Ragland, of Logan County, from which union sprang one child, James E. Subject was next married January 8, 1872, to Miss Jane A., daughter of Thomas and Minerva (Pertle) Ashbrook, of Ballard County (born in 1840), and to them were born Jennie, Samuel A., Miller and Ford. For twenty years subject has been successfully engaged in milling. He has been constable and city judge. He is also a licensed attorney. He is a member of the I. O. O. F.; of the K. of G. R., and of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In politics he is a Democrat.

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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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