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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 7 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1887.  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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JOEL TANNER was born near Florence, Boone Co., Ky., November 2, 1807. He was the fifth of fourteen children born to Ephraim and Susana (House) Tanner. Ephraim Tanner was born in Virginia. He came to what is now Boone County in 1805, and settled near where Florence is now located, on the property now owned by Herman Walker and others, near Florence. Susana, his wife, was also a native of Virginia. Both the Tanners and Houses were originally from Germany, Ephraim Tanner was a farmer by occupation but a blacksmith by trade. Both he and his wife died in Boone County. Our subject was brought up on the farm, and received a common-school education. He settled on his present place October 28, 1828, and farmed until 1835. In early life he was afflicted with rheumatism, and was compelled to cease farming, and turned his attention to the blacksmith’s trade; without any assistance he soon became a good blacksmith, and is a natural mechanic. He resides on and owns 100 acres of valuable, well improved land and in 1851 built his present brick residence. February 7, 1828, he married Liddie Crigler, a daughter of Jacob and Ellen (Tanner) Crigler, originally from Pennsylvania, but early settlers in Boone County. To this union thirteen children were born, in the following order: Enoch, Joshua, Susan E., Mary Ann, Corilla H., Malinda C., Amanda E., Julia F., Lucy V., Sarah J., Martha L., Rhoda C. and Media R. Of these eight are still living. Mrs. Tanner died in 1859. She was a member of the Lutheran Church, and her husband has been a member of the same church: for more than sixty years. Politically he is a Democrat.

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This family biography is one of 73 biographies included in the Boone County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 7 published in 1887 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 7

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