Location: Hopkins County KY

Biography of Charles Biles

Charles Biles was born in Warren County, Tennessee, in Aug. 1809, and reared on a farm in North Carolina, removing when 19 years old to Christian County, Kentucky. In 1832 he married, and in 1835 removed to Illinois, soon returning to Hopkins County, Kentucky, where he resided until 1853, when he emigrated to Washington Territory in company with his brother James, their families, and C. B. Baker, Elijah Baker, and William Downing, and their families, being a part of the first direct immigration to the territory, via the wagon road through the Nachess pass. Mr Biles settled upon Grand Mound Prairie in Thurston County, farming, and sometimes preaching as a minister of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He died Feb. 26, 1869, leaving two sons (one having died after emigrating) and two daughters, namely, David F., Charles N., Mrs M. Z. Goodell, and Mrs I. B. Ward. David F. Biles was born in Kentucky in 1833, coming with his parents to Washington Territory. In 1851 he took a claim in Thurston County, and in 1855 became a deputy U. S. Surveyor, but the Indian war coming on interrupted work, and he took to soldiering in defense of the settlements, resuming his surveying when peace was restored. From 1838 to 1862 he resided in Cosmopolis, Chehalis County, but then removed to a homestead claim near Elma, on the line of the...

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Hopkins Co., Ky

HOPKINS CO. (M. Hanberry) [TR: also spelled Hanbery.] In this county practically no one owned more than one or two slaves as this was never a county of large plantations and large homes. These slaves were well housed, in cabins, well clothed and well fed, not overworked and seldom sold, were in closer touch with the “white folks” and therefore more intelligent than farther south where slaves lived in quarters and seldom came in contact with their masters or the masters’ families. When a gentleman wished a slave he usually went to Hopkinsville and bought slaves there. Occasionally one slave owner would buy one from another. “If there was ever a slave market in Madisonville or Hopkins County I do not remember it or ever heard of it,” says J.M. Adams, book-keeper of Harlen Coal Company, age 84, Madisonville,...

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Biography of Hon. Stephen C. Herndon

HON. STEPHEN C. HERNDON. During the seventy-two years that have passed over the head of the gentleman whose name stands at the head of this sketch he has been an active observer of the trend of events, but has been not merely a “looker on in Venice” but a citizen who has, through his enterprise, his integrity and his public spirit, contributed his full share to the magnificent development of the section in which he resides. He comes of an honored ancestry, for the well-known old pioneer, George Herndon, was his father, from whom he inherited many of his most worthy characteristics. He was born in east Tennessee in 1822, but his father was a Virginian by birth, and his mother, Hannah (Cox) Herndon, is supposed to have been born in North Carolina. They were married in east Tennessee and from there removed to Lincoln County, Tennessee, and later to Hopkins County, Kentucky In 1850 they became residents of Ozark County, Missouri, where they passed from life some-time after the close of the war, having been members of the General Baptist Church for many years. The father was of English ancestry, was a farmer and cooper by occupation and was a soldier in one of the early wars in which this country was involved. He was one of ten brothers. The maternal grandfather, Henry Cox, died in Lincoln County,...

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Biography of Lynn Adams

LYNN ADAMS. Among the progressive and successful agriculturists of Marion County, Arkansas, the name of Lynn Adams is well worthy of mention. He was born in Hopkins County, Kentucky, October 31, 1831, to George and Mariah (Lynn) Adams, the former of whom was also a Kentuckian and a son of James Adams, who came to Marion County at an early day and lived on White River near the mouth of Big North Fork of White River, making his home there until his death, which occurred about 1855. He followed farming and reared a large family of children, of whom George Adams was the eldest. This family are descendants of John Quincy Adams. George Adams was married in Kentucky, in 1835 came to Arkansas and until 1846 resided on a farm on White River, when he located on a farm five miles south of Yellville on which he died in 1854. He was an intelligent man, accumulated some means and for some time held the offices of constable and county treasurer. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mrs. Adams was a Kentuckian by birth and a daughter of Pitts Lynn. She died in 1883 having become the mother of four sons and six daughters: Lynn, Thena C., Isaac D., Angeline, Hannah, Phcebe, James W., George, Mariah and Mary. The journey from Kentucky to Arkansas was made...

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Biography of Walter R. Pratt

Walter R. Pratt. In 1899 Mr. Pratt established himself in business in the City of Independence, Montgomery County, and he had not only continued as one of the representative factors in the business activities of this community, but had also so shown his civic loyalty and progressiveness as to be called upon to serve as mayor of the city, of which office he was the incumbent one term and in which he gave a most effective administration. Mr. Pratt is of Scotch and English lineage and the first representatives of the family in America settled in Virginia, in the colonial era of our national history. Mr. Pratt was born at Madisonville, judicial center of Hopkins County, Kentucky, on the 16th of May, 1871, and is a son of Judge Clifton J. Pratt, who was born in Woodford County, Illinois, in 1845, but who was reared to manhood at Hopkinsville, Kentucky, to which state his parents returned after a comparatively brief pioneer experience in Illinois. At Madisonville, Kentucky, was solemnized the marriage of Judge Pratt to Miss Sallie M. Waddill, who was born at that place in 1852, and there they still maintain their home. Judge Pratt had long been numbered among the representative lawyers and influcntial citizens of Hopkins County, Kentucky, and had been called upon to serve in various offices of distinctive public trust. He represented his distriet...

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Biography of James M. Givens

James M. Givens, attorney at law, who for almost three decades has been identified with the Muskogee bar, comes to this state from Kentucky where his birth occurred February 14, 1869, at the family home in Hopkins County, his parents being John W. and Margaret (Ross) Givens. His father was a planter, tobacco buyer and banker of Webster County, whence he removed with his family to Providence, Kentucky. James M. Givens supplemented his early education, acquired in the schools of Providence, by study in Center College at Danville, Kentucky, in which he completed a literary course with the class of 1889. He studied law under private direction and was admitted to practice at Madisonville, Kentucky, in 1891. The following year witnessed the arrival of Mr. Givens in Muskogee where he has appointed practice. He was appointed assistant United States attorney for the Indian Territory by President Cleveland in 1893 and occupied the position for four and a half years, serving during a period when the federal attorneys in Indian Territory had all the responsibilities that are now divided between a large number of local, state and federal officers. Since his retirement from that position Mr. Givens has devoted his attention to the private practice of law. He became a partner in the firm of Zevely, Givens & Stoutz, which soon won recognition as one of the strongest law firms...

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Hopkins County, Kentucky Census Records

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Hopkins County, Kentucky Cemetery Records

Hopkins County Hopkins County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Hopkins County USGenWeb Archives Project Pleasant View Cemetery Pleasant View Cemetery #2 Hopkins County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Hopkins County USGenWeb Project Beulah Cemetery Cane Run Cemetery Carter Cemetery Christian Priviledge Cemetery Clayton Cemetery Coffman Cemetery Dalton Cemetery Dunn Cemetery Etheridge Cemetery Flat Creek Cemetery Homesite Cemetery Ilsley Cemetery Lake Grove Cemetery McIntosh Cemetery Mart Young Cemetery Menser Cemetery #2 New Purdy Cemetery New Salem Cemetery Oakley Home Cemetery Odd Fellows Cemetery Old Aaron Reynolds Cemetery Old Beulah Cemetery Old Cates Cemetery Pleasant Grove Cemetery Ramsey Cemetery Rea, Ray or Rhea  Cemetery Rose Creek Cemetery Walnut Grove...

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Biographical Sketch of Hon. Charles N. Byles

HON. CHARLES N. BYLES. – This is one of the town builders of the west. Out of his farm on Mound Prairie he has made Montesano a place of twelve hundred people. His father was a Presbyterian minister of Madisonville, Kentucky. Charles was born in 1844. In 1853 the family crossed the plains, and upon reaching Wallula struck out northwestward to the Sound, crossing the mountains via the Nahchess Pass. Moving down on Mound Prairie, they located a place fourteen miles south of Olympia. Here on these healthful fields the boy grew up to manhood, and, becoming of age, took a course in the Portland Commercial College. This opened the way to an extensive contract of government surveying, lasting four years, which was performed with the assistance of a brother. With the avails of this work he bought the present site of Montesano, originally owned by a Mr. King. In 1883 he laid out the present city, and used all means to build up the town, making it remarkably prosperous and flourishing for a place in a region already well settled. In six years it has gained over one thousand inhabitants. In June, 1887, the bank was established, I.W. case of Astoria being one of the incorporators, and Mr. Byles the manager. In the political field he has been a conspicuous Republican, serving as county auditor form 1872 to...

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Biography of Hon. William R. Downey

HON. WILLIAM R. DOWNEY. – There are few men who are more familiarly and favorably known to the old pioneers of Puget Sound than the gentleman whose name heads this sketch. His father was a Revolutionary hero, having followed General Washington in the battles waged by the colonists for freedom from the oppression of Great Britain. Mr. Downey was born in Mount Sterling, Kentucky, March 6, 1808. At the age of three years he accompanied his parents to Hopkins county, and while living there received his education. On February 12, 1829, he was united in marriage to Miss Emily S. Wetzel. Twelve children were born to them, four of whom now survive. In 1850 he, with his family, removed to Dade county, Missouri. In the spring of 1853 they started to the far-off West, and arrived on Puget Sound October 15th of that year, locating a home on the Nisqually Plains. On the breaking out of the Indian war of 1855-56, he was obliged with other settlers to abandon his home and seek protection for his family in the fort erected at Steilacoom, where they remained until the cessation of hostilities. In common with his neighbors, he shouldered his gun and enlisted for the campaign, serving in all the engagements until 1857, when the Indians were subjugated and peace restored. On the return of the settlers to their homes,...

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Biography of Richard Stoddert

Richard Stoddert, farmer, stock-dealer and merchant, Charleston; was born in Grayson Co., Ky., March 28, 1812; his early life was passed on his father’s farm, and when quite young, he was apprenticed to learn the tanner’s trade; about the year 1831, he went to Madisonville, Hopkins Co., Ky., where he remained until 1838, when he came to Charleston; he engaged in the tanning business with his brother, Thomas Stoddert, the firm being R. & T. Stoddert, the partnership continuing for about thirty years in tanning, merchandising, farming and dealing in stock; they had at one time about 800 acres of land in the county; in 1870, Mr. Stoddert began the hardware and lumber business with W. S. Minton, who afterward disposed of his interest to George Steigman; since 1876, the firm has been R. Stoddert & Sons; Mr. Stoddert still continues his farming and stock operations, having a farm of nearly five hundred acres in Charleston and Hickory Tps. His first county office was that of Treasurer of Coles Co., to which he was elected in 1839, serving two terms, after which he was for two years Sheriff of the county; he has served as Commissioner of Highways, School Trustee and two terms on the Board of Supervisors; in 1873, he was elected County Clerk, and held that office four years. He was first married Dec. 25, 1844, to...

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