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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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G. W. MANTLE, a leading citizen of Ballard County, Ky., was born August 10, 1832, in Monroe County, Ohio. He is the second of six children (three boys) born to William and Ella (Cox) Mantle. They were natives of Maryland and Ohio respectively, and. of German and Irish origin. G. W. Mantle was but twelve years old when his father died, and he was thus thrown upon his own resources. At the age of sixteen, he commenced the carpenter’s trade, which he followed for five years, and also teamed and traded some. With his mother he came to the Purchase, in 1846, and settled in Ballard County, where he has continued his residence ever since. When he became of age he inherited $100 from his mother’s estate, which he judiciously and carefully, operated with till he has succeeded in amassing a handsome property, consisting of three farms, in all about 820 acres of good land, hotel property and several houses and lots in Blandville, all of which has been acquired since 1859. He was married February 22, 1857, to Mrs. Fannie Stratton, of Ballard County, and widow of P. A. Stratton. She was born April 13, 1830, in Barren County, Ky., and is the daughter of John H. and Harriet K. (Bullock) Bigger; her parents were born in Virginia, and were of English descent. Her grandparents on her mother’s side were Edward and Hannah (Clark) Bullock, and were among the first settlers of Kentucky; her father was colonel of a regiment in the war of 1812. Mrs. Mantle came to the Purchase with her brother, Judge J. M. Bigger, of Paducah, in the fall of 1848, and settled in Blandville, in which place and vicinity she has resided ever since. She was married August 7, 1849, to P. A. Stratton, a merchant, to whom she had borne three children: John R. (deceased), Harriet A. (now Vancoths), and Mary P. (deceased). Mr. Stratton died December 18, 1854. Mr. and Mrs. Mantle are the possessors of a happy family of five children: Edward B., Joseph B., Lizzie K., George and Ninna F. Mantle. Mrs. Mantle is an amiable and affectionate parent and takes great interest in the future welfare of her family, she is a member of the Christian Church and order of Rebecca (Masonic). Mr. Mantle is an Odd Fellow and 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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