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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. W. D. HUNT was born January 25, 1835, in Carter County, Tenn. He is the third of eight children born to John B. and Margaret (Holt) Hunt, natives of Tennessee, and of German and English descent. John R. Hunt was a son of Henson and Mary (Polk) Hunt. The grandfather, on the mother’s side, was Jacob Holt, who married Elizabeth Petticord. They were born in Virginia. William D., was reared on a farm, and received at home a fair education. Learned the carpenter’s trade with his father during his boyhood. At the age of nineteen, he commenced the study of medicine with Prof. Dake, of Jonesborough, Tenn. After emigrating to Kentucky (Jackson’s Purchase), he studied medicine and taught school for five years; then, after practicing medicine seven years, before attending any lectures, he graduated at the University Medical College, of Louisville, Ky. In 1869 he located in Ballard County; in 1870, on the property where he now resides. In 1880 he moved to Paducah, where he practiced three years, and was city physician one year. In the spring of 1884, he returned to his farm, where he practices his profession and farms. He has a farm of 410 acres in good condition, also three houses and lots in Paducah, all of which he has acquired by his own efforts, having started in life with 50 cents. He was married December, 1859, to Miss Caroline Futrell, of McCracken County, daughter of Nathaniel and Nancy (Dean) Futrell; they were born and reared in North Carolina, and are of English and Irish descent, and among the first settlers of the Purchase. To Dr. and Mrs. Hunt were born six children, three living: Luella, now Hendricks; Robertie, now Ogden, and Forrest. Mrs. Hunt became a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church when very young. Dr. Hunt is a member of the I. O. O. F. He cast his first presidential vote for Buchanan, and is still 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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