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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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PETER W. MOTT was born November 14, 1819, in Jessamine County, Ky., and is the eldest of the ten children of James and Hettie (Withers) Mott. The father was a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Cundiff) Mott, and was born in Lancaster County, Va., of English origin. The mother was born in Jessamine County, Ky. Her parents, Peter and Hettie (Allison) Withers, were of Irish origin. The father of our subject moved to Jessamine County in 1812, and in 1828 came to Fulton County, where he entered 480 acres of land. Here he resided until his death, in 1847, aged fifty-two years. He was reared on his father’s farm, received a common school education and assisted his father to erect the first schoolhouse in Hickman County. At the age of sixteen he came to Moscow and sold goods for three years. In 1839 he went to Missouri, where he followed stock-herding for six years. He then returned to Hickman, where he was elected town marshal of the village and served for three years. In 1849 he turned his attention to farming and trading. About this time he took a trip to California, where he remained about a year and a half. He returned home and again gave his attention to agricultural pursuits, also devoting considerable attention to trading. Since the war he has lived a somewhat retired life. Mr. Mott was married September 12, 1849, in Obion County, Tenn., to Miss Lucy F. Morris, a native of Rutherford County, Tenn., and a daughter of George and Mary (Smith) Morris. Her parents were natives of Virginia, and came to Tennessee about 1808. The result of this marriage was seven children, of whom three are living: Mary G. (Ayers), Hettie A. (Murphy), and James W. Mr. and Mrs. Mott are members of the Christian Church.

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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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