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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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THOMAS B. OGDEN was born October 29, 1840, in Shelby County, Ky. He is the third of five children born to John M. and Martha (Hawthorn) Ogden, natives of Henry County, Ky. John M. Ogden was a son of Masterson and Rebecca (Rice) Ogden, of English and Welsh-Scotch descent, respectively, and natives of Pennsylvania and Virginia Masterson was a captain in the war of 1812, and was a farmer. The mother of our subject was a daughter of James Hawthorn, who married a Miss Rollen, and these were of Irish and English descent respectively. The father of our subject was a colonel of State militia, and was also a teacher; he died August 30, 1866, aged sixty-eight. His wife died February 23, 1854. Thomas B. Ogden succeeded in gaining a good business education by his own energies and with the aid of his father. His grandfather had charge of schools at Lexington, Ky., at an early day. Thomas B. came with his parents to Ballard County, in the spring of 1846, and settled at Ogden’s Landing, on the Ohio River, where he has since resided, and where his father had purchased about 1,000 acres of land, which he partly improved. Our subject has been engaged in the general commission business. He has charge of the government lights, and has been acting as deputy clerk of Ballard for three years. He was constable for two years and served as deputy sheriff fourteen months, in 1873-74. He enlisted November 12, 1862, in Company C, Seventh Kentucky Confederate Infantry, but was discharged in May, 1863. He was formerly a member of the I. O. O. F. and K. of P., and cast his first presidential vote for Seymour in 1863. F. H. Ogden, brother of the above, was born November 17, 1848, in Ballard County, and is the youngest of the family. He was married in February, 1871, to Miss Ida D. Crenshaw, of Ballard County, a native of Henry County. To them was born one child, Thomas B. Mrs. Ogden died in February, 1878, and Mr. Ogden was next married in September, 1878, to Eliza Iliff, of Elizabethtown, Ill., daughter of Thomas H. and Pheba (Hufman) Iliff, of Irish descent. One child was born to this union, John M. Mrs. Ogden died in June, 1883; she was a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Ogden’s third marriage was on January 16, 1884, to Miss Bertie Hunt, of Paducah, a daughter of Dr. W. D. and Carrie (Feturel) Hunt. Mr. Ogden is a member of the I. O. O. F. He cast his first presidential vote for Seymour and Blair in 1878. The father of our subject owned eleven negroes before the war. Ogden Bros, have been farming together, and own at present 1,200 acres of land, in good condition. They are two of the most energetic and progressive young men in Ballard County.

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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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