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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 LINTHICUM was born in Nelson County, Ky., June 9, 1836, and is the second of seven children (three boys) born to Charles W. and M. E. (Slaughter) Linthicum, natives of Maryland and Virginia, respectively. His grandparents were Thomas P. Linthicum and Philip Slaughter, both farmers and of Irish descent. In the year of 1839, November 7th, Thomas was brought to Ballard County by his parents, who settled near Blandville, where his father purchased and improved 320 acres of land, owning at the time several negroes. Our subject received a good English education, attended St. Mary’s College ten months, and then taught school three years. In May, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, First Mississippi Valley Infantry, under Capt. C. P. Ray, Bob Martin colonel commanding, and took part in the battle of Soccotoncha River, Miss., Gun Town, Harrisburg, Sulphur Trestles, Athens, Pulaski, Nashville, Murfreesboro, Franklin and Atlanta, Ga., and was in Murfreesboro prison. In 1863, he was transferred to Forrest’s command, and was in the recruiting service a great deal of the time; he served until the close of the war; returned to Kentucky in the spring of 1865, from Atlanta, and took the oath at Paducah. He then returned to Blandville and taught school in the county; January 9, 1866, he married Mollie E. Pollock, of Blandville, a native of Todd, and daughter of John and Rebecca (McCauley) Pollock, of Irish descent. He had born to him six children: Hattie F., Charles P., Slaughter, Sarah F., Mollie L., and Johnnie E. Mr. Linthicum and wife are members of the Christian Church and he is a member of the Masonic fraternity and K. of H. After his marriage, he engaged in farming till October, 1880, when he was made deputy clerk of the common pleas and circuit court, which position he now holds. He cast his first presidential vote for Fillmore and Donelson, and the last presidential vote for Cleveland and Hendricks, and is now 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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