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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. JOHN E. MORRIS, Fulton County, was born May 1, 1843, in Alexander, Fulton Co., Ky., and was next to the youngest child of Seth and Molcy (Byrd) Morris. The father was born in North Carolina, August 16, 1806, and was a son of Elijah and Sarah Morris, also of that State, and of Irish descent. The grandparents came, in September, 1829, to Hickman, Fulton County, where the grandfather died May 23, 1845; the grandmother on July 17, 1843. Seth Morris was married, March 27, 1832, to Miss Molcy Byrd, a daughter of John and Dorcas Byrd. She was born June 24, 1814. Seth Morris died January 25, 1848; his widow on April 7, 1854. John E. was reared on a farm and received his education at the schools of his neighborhood and those of Clinton. He taught school one term before the war and several terms after. June 2, 1861, he enlisted in Company L, Capt. Drew Outlaw, of the Twelfth Tennessee Infantry, Confederate States Army. At the reorganization of the regiments in 1862, he was made captain of the company and transferred to the Third Kentucky Infantry, and this regiment was mounted in 1864. Among the battles in which he participated were Shiloh, Corinth, Harrisburg, the bombardment of Vicksburg, etc. He was paroled in June, 1865, and returned home. In the fall of the same year he began reading medicine at Paducah with Dr. Thompson. In 1868 he attended his first course of lectures at Paducah. He then located at Alexander, where he practiced until 1873, when he attended lectures at Louisville and graduated in the class of 1873-74. He next located at Fulton, where he remained until 1877. Then, on account of his health, he removed to Texas, where he practiced at Madisonville until January, 1882. He then returned to Fulton, where he has since practiced with considerable success. He was present at Paducah in 1871, and assisted in the organization of the Southwestern Kentucky Medical Association, and in May, 1885, was elected junior vice-president of that body. Dr. Morris was married, in November, 1868, to Miss Ferticia Reynolds, of Webster County, Ky. One child, Alena, blessed this union. Mrs. Morris died in February, 1870, and the doctor next married, in December, 1871, Miss Mary C. Browder, a daughter of Alpheus and Caroline (Bard) Browder, natives of Fulton County, Ky. The result of this union has been four children, viz.: James E., Mabel C., Erin and Eunice. Mr. and Mrs. Morris are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and he is a member of the Masonic and I. O. O. F. fraternities.

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This family biography is one of 114 biographies included in the Fulton 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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