Location: Logan County KY

Biography of James Breathitt

Mr. Breathitt was born in Virginia and came to Kentucky when very young. His father, William Breathitt, settled in Logan County in 1800, when southern Kentucky was little else than a wilderness. He was a highly respected citizen, though of limited wealth, and hence was unable to give his children collegiate educations. His eldest son, John Breathitt, became a prominent man, and served his State in many high and important positions. He was elected Lieutenant-Governor in 1828, and in 1832 Governor of the Commonwealth, but died before the expiration of his term. James read law, either with his brother or with Judge Wallace, of Logan County, and soon after his admission to the bar came to Hopkinsville and entered upon the practice of his chosen profession. He was twice married-first to Miss Elizabeth Short, a daughter of Peyton Short. She died, and he afterward married Gabrielle Harvie, daughter of Hon. John Harvie, of Frankfort, and a native of Virginia. Mr. Breathitt died in 1839, before he had passed the meridian of life, and his only surviving child is Maj. Breathitt, the present County Clerk. Mr. Breathitt was a member of the Hopkinsville bar at a time when it was considered one of the ablest in Southern Kentucky, and comprised such men as Crittenden, Davidge, Solomon P. and Fidelio Sharp, Morehead, Mayes, Crockett, Henry, and a host of other lesser...

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Biographical Sketch of Cornelius Mabrey

Cornelius Mabrey, of Pittsylvania Co., Va., was a. mill-wright by trade. He was married twice, but of his first wife and her children we have no account. His second wife was Polly Chaney, by whom he had Patsey, Pleasant, Letitia, Elizabeth, Polly, and Philip. Mr. Mabrey moved to middle Tennessee and lived there several years. He afterward settled in Logan County, Ky., where, after a residence of several years, he was drowned. In 1828 his widow and her children came to Missouri, and settled in Lincoln County, where she died two years after-ward. The eldest daughter, Patsey, married George Huss, who also settled in Lincoln County. Pleasant married Barsheba England, and is now living in Pike County. He had seven children, five of whom live in Montgomery County. Letitia married James Eidrum, of Kentucky. Elizabeth married Shelton Cobert. Polly married Elbert Enert. The three latter all live in Lincoln County. Philip, who lives in Montgomery County, was married twice; first to Polly Uptegrove, and second to Eliza J. Hughes. He is a carpenter by trade, and has done well in his battle with life. In his younger days he was very intimate with Dr. McFarland, of Troy, and they went to all the quiltings and dances together. They were both very tall men, and the lofts of the cabins had to be taken out before they could dance without...

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Biographical Sketch of Jonathan Ingram

Jonathan Ingram married Barbara Mennefee, of Virginia, and settled in Logan Co., Ky. Their children were Rhoda, Jonas, Samuel, Garrett, James, Anna, Polly, and Barsheba. Garrett married Nancy Hudson, and settled in Pike Co., Mo., in 1818. Their children were Polly, John, Barbara, Elizabeth, Jonathan, Samuel, Nancy, and Sally. Rhoda Ingram settled in Indiana, and James and Polly in...

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Biographical Sketch of Jesse Henton

Jesse Henton of Logan Co., Ky., was in the war of 181.2. He married Sarah Hughes, of Kentucky, and settled in Pike Co., Mo., in 1827, His children were John, James L., William, David, Wesley S., Rolla W., Mary J., Benjamin, Sarah A., Elizabeth E., and Harriet D. Rolla W. married Elizabeth L. Jamison, of Pike County, and settled in Montgomery. Samuel, son of John Henton, settled in Pike County in 1826. He married Mary Estens, and subsequently settled in Montgomery...

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Slave Narrative of Amanda E. Samuels

Interviewer: Anna Pritchett Person Interviewed: Amanda Elizabeth Samuels Location: Indiana Age: 80 Place of Residence: 1721 Park Avenue Federal Writers’ Project of the W.P.A. District #6 Marion County Anna Pritchett 1200 Kentucky Avenue, Indianapolis, Indiana FOLKLORE AMANDA ELIZABETH SAMUELS 1721 Park Avenue Lizzie was a child in the home of grandma and grandpa McMurry. They were farmers in Robinson County, Tennessee. Her mother, a slave hand, worked on the farm until her young master, Robert McMurry was married. She was then sold to Rev. Carter Plaster and taken to Logan County, Kentucky. The child, Lizzie was given to young Robert. She lived in the house to help the young mistress who was not so kind to her. Lizzie was forced to eat chicken heads, fish heads, pig tails, and parsnips. The child disliked this very much, and was very unhappy with her young mistress, because in Robert’s father’s home all slave children were treated just like his own children. They had plenty of good substantial food, and were protected in every way. The old master felt they were the hands of the next generation and if they were strong and healthy, they would bring in a larger amount of money when sold. Lizzie’s hardships did not last long as they were set free soon after young Robert’s marriage. He took her in a wagon to Keysburg, Kentucky to be...

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Biographical Sketch of Hiero T. Wilson

Hiero T. Wilson, one of the first white settlers in Southern Kansas, was born at Russellville, Logan County, Kentucky, September 2, 1806, of Virginian ancestry. His father was a native of the Old Dominion, a Kentucky farmer and for many years surveyor of Logan County. Hiero Wilson was reared on his father’s farm and had some schooling and considerable training in mereantile pursults before he joined his brother in Indian Territory during the year 1834. The latter was then post sutler and trader at Fort Gibson, Cherokee Nation. In 1843, when Fort Scott was established as a military post, Hiero T. Wilson was appointed its sutler, holding the position for ten years. When the post was abandoned in 1855, Mr. Wilson continued in business and a year later, when the Government buildings were sold, bought a home on the plaza. This he transformed into a beautiful residence and there died August 6, 1892; but not before the post had become a prosperous city. As secretary and treasurer of the Town Company, of which George A. Crawford was president, he was a large contributor to its development. He purchased much real estate and platted an addition to Fort Scott; was director of the First National Bank and of the Missouri River, Fort Scott & Gulf Railroad, and a leader in all the progress of the city and section. One of...

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Biography of G. T. B. Perry

G. T. B. PERRY. The practical value of shrewdness and discrimination combined with strict probity is exemplified in the prosperous condition of those who transact business on these principles. Mr. G. T. B. Perry, a prominent general merchant of Ozark, has a reputation for honorable dealing built up out of the practice of these invaluable principles. He is a product of the Blue Grass soil of Kentucky, Logan County, near Russellville, and is a son of John T. and Mary E. (Ewing) Perry, both natives of Kentucky. The grandfather, Samuel Perry, was a native of Virginia, and the family came from the East and settled in Kentucky at an early day. The father of our subject was reared in the last named State and remained there until 1867, when he came to Missouri, locating two miles west of Ozark, on the Finley River. There he tilled the soil until his death in 1873. He was a wagon-maker by trade and followed that while residing in Kentucky. In political matters he was a Democrat, but was conservative and was not in favor of secession. He was an exemplary member of the Christian Church. The mother was the only child of William Ewing and came of an old and prominent Kentucky family, being related to Congressman Ewing of that State. Mrs. Perry is still living and resides on the old home...

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Biography of James D. McCurdy, M. D.

In an analyzation of the character and life work of Dr. James Darwin McCurdy we note many of the characteristics which have marked the Scotch nation for many centuries, the perseverance, reliability, energy and unconquerable determination to pursue a course that has been marked out. It is these sterling qualities which have gained to Dr. McCurdy success in life and made him one of the substantial and valued citizens of Idaho. He now resides in Bellevue, Blaine County, and while he has retired from the practice of medicine he is still actively interested in mining, being the owner of a valuable group of mines in the Wood River valley. Mr. McCurdy was born in Kentucky, March 22, 1820. The family originated in Scotland, although the grandfather of our subject came to America from the north of Ireland and took up his residence in Virginia. He loyally served the colonies in their struggle for independence, and afterward emigrated to Kentucky, becoming one of the pioneers of that state. He was a Presbyterian in his religious belief, and lived to an advanced age. The Doctor’s father, James Darwin McCurdy, Sr., was an only son and was born in Virginia. He married Miss Livenia Sharp, a native of Virginia, and a daughter of Thomas Sharp, who also removed from the Old Dominion to Kentucky during the early history of the lat-ter state....

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Biography of J. W. Jackson

Among the public-spirited citizens and progressive farmers of Washington County whose intelligently directed labors are valuable assets in promoting the agricultural development of northeastern Oklahoma is numbered J. W. Jackson, who resides on a highly productive farm situated on the Caney river, near Vera. He was born in Logan County, Kentucky, December 16, 1865, and his parents were George C. and Josephine (Anderson) Jackson, the former a native of Tennessee, while the latter was born in the Blue Grass state. The father established his home in Kentucky during the Civil war, in which he served until the close of hostilities as a lieutenant in the northern army, receiving a slight wound on the head while in the service. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson came to Indian Territory in 1874 and settled at Coffeyville, Kansas, in which locality the father engaged in farming and also dealt extensively in the buying and shipping of stock, accumulating a substantial competence through the capable management of his business interests. There he passed away in 1888, but the mother survives at the age of seventy-six and is living with her daughter, Mrs. Annie Davenport. For twenty-one years Mr. Jackson has resided in Oklahoma and when he first moved to his present place game was abundant here and the streams were plentifully supplied with fish. He is now operating a tract of two hundred acres, located...

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Biography of Charles H. Tully

Charles H. Tully, attorney at law in Eufaula, has not only gained an enviable position in the legal circles of the state but is prominently known in business and political circles as well. He has won the success he now enjoys as the result of his own intelligently directed efforts and is rightly entitled to the proud American title of self-made man. He was born in Russellville, Logan county, Kentucky, on the 19th of November, 1865, a son of Henry B. and America (Angell) Tully, also natives of that state. His father was one of the successful men of his day, winning wide-spread prominence as a promoter and builder. He owned considerable business property and thousands of acres of land in Kentucky and other states. Being particularly fond of horses, his hobby was breeding thoroughbreds and he owned the first fast trotting horse in Logan county. Mr. Tully lived at Russellville the greater part of his life and always in Logan county. He had extensive banking interests and always took a prominent and active part in politics. His death occurred in 1877 when but thirty-seven years of age. To his marriage six children were born, Charles H., whose name initiates this review, being the only son. The other children are: Carrie, deceased; Katie, living in Fort Worth, Texas; Lizzie, deceased; Lucy, a resident of Nevada, Missouri; and Mary, deceased....

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Masterson, Eliza Mrs. – Obituary

Death of Mrs. Eliza Masterson The death of Mrs. Eliza Jane Masterson occurred at her home in this city Wednesday, November 23, 1905. Deceased had been ill for over a year and during that time had withstood untold suffering, but always with great fortitude and patience. Eliza Jane Violet was born in Logan county, Kentucky, December 27, 1820 and was therefore 84 years, 10 months and 25 days old at the time of her death. During her girlhood days she moved to Missouri, in which state she was united in marriage in 1840 to William Masterson. She crossed the plains in company with her husband, in 1851 and settled in Lane county, this state, where she resided until 1884, when she moved to Eastern Oregon. Her husband preceeded her to the grave in 1890. She was the mother of eleven children, six sons and four daughters surviving her. The sons living are J.A. of this city; D.M. of Middleton, Idaho; R.A. and Edward, of Eagle Valley, and Cal., of Rupert, Ida. The daughters living are Mrs. Lucy McFarland, of Prineville, Or.; Mrs. Mary Dunn of Eugene Or., and Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis, of this city. The funeral services were conducted in the Presbyterian church of this city yesterday at 1 o’clock and the remains were interred in city cemetery. *Note that the dates do not match on age Elgin Recorder...

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Gorham, Henry O. – Obituary

Henry O. Gorham, one of the oldest and best known citizens of this section passed this life at the Protestant hospital in Baker, Saturday evening of last week. Mr. Gorham’s death was not unexpected. He had been failing in health for the past two years or more, since he suffered injuries in falling from a load of hay, on his ranch near North Powder. He was 92 years old at the time of his death. Funeral rites were held from the Methodist church at North Powder Tuesday afternoon of this week and burial was made in the North Powder cemetery. The services were in charge of the Odd Fellows lodge of North Powder. Henry Oscar Gorham was born in Logan County, Kentucky December 29, 1835. His parents being Henry S. and Mary Cooper Gorham, who were natives of Kentucky and Virginia respectively. In 1863 Mr. Gorham became one of a party who had planned and had begun to journey toward the west with ox teams. The emigrants reached their destination with comparatively little trouble. He took up his abode in Baker City, Oregon where he engaged in the business of freighting and hauling goods between Umatilla and Boise city, Idaho, until 1867. He then took up farming in the North Powder district. In connection with his agricultural interests he carried on a general merchandising establishment at North Powder in...

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Biographical Sketch of John L. Balch

John L. Balch, deceased, farmer and author; P. O. Charleston; the subject of this sketch owned 120 acres of land, on Sec. 14; willed to the four sisters who now live on the same; he was born in Logan Co., Ky., Dec. 27, 1800, and died October 3, 1870. He lived with his parents on the farm until married, Nov. 10, 1829, to Melinda N. White; she was born in Sullivan Co., Ind., May 4, 1808, died Jan. 5, 1865. Mr. Balch came to this county in 1830, and settled on the farm where the four sisters now reside, and remained until his death; he was the father of eight children, six of whom are living, viz., Alfred B., Albina, Mary M., William, Martha and Angeline E.; deceased, Alexander H. and James. Mr. Balch was a school-teacher in this township in an early day, and was an author of considerable note; some of his writings were published on the slavery question. He was a...

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Logan County, Kentucky Cemetery Records

Logan County Logan County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Logan County USGenWeb Archives Project Arnold Cemetery , aka New Hope Church Cemetery Berea Christian Church Cemetery Surnames A – I Surnames J – S Surnames T – Z Dunn Family Cemetery Herndon Cemetery Small Family Cemetery Logan County, Kentucky Cemetery Records Hosted at Logan County, Kentucky KYGenWeb Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery , New Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery , Old Arnold Cemetery , aka New Hope Church Cemetery Gilbert Farm Cemetery Herndon Cemetery Lee Cemetery Perry Baker Cemetery Whitaker Cemetery...

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Biography of Henry Tulley Ashford

Henry T. Ashford has had much to do with Kansas newspaper life during the last quarter of a century. He is now editor and proprietor of the Elsmore Leader, which he founded. His name is also familiar in republican party circles in this section of the state, and whatever he undertakes he does with the fullness of enthusiasm which gets results and begets confidence in his ability. He represents a family of Kentuckians, though his people have lived in Kansas since pioneer times. His grandfather, of Irish-English stock, went at an early day into Kentucky and died near Bowling Green in that state. He married Elizabeth Pocahontas, said to have been of the same ancestral stock as the famous Pocahontas of early colonial Virginia. Henry Tulley Ashford was born in Logan County, Kentucky, August 23, 1874. His father, Thomas H. Ashford, who was an only surviving son, was born near Bowling Green, Kentucky, in 1838. He grew up in that community, was married in Logan County, Keutucky, and had spent his active career as a farmer, and was also agent for the Singer Sewing Machine a number of years. He first knew Kansas when it was almost an unexplored district. He came out in 1850 and sojourned for several years in the home of a cousin on the Pottawatomie Indian Reservation. He then returned to Kentucky, but in 1879...

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