Location: Todd County KY

Clark Co., Ky

CLARK CO. (Mayme Nunnelley) The first records of Slaves in Clark County was given by a descendant of one of the members of the little band of resolute Revolutionary soldiers who had been comrades and mess mates throughout the long bloody war. These fifteen families, some from Virginia and others from Maryland, started westward in the early spring of 1783 for Kentucky. They bought with them some horses, a few cattle, thirty or forty slaves and a few necessary household articles. After many hardships and trials, borne heroically by both men and women, they halted on the banks of the Big Stoner, in what is now the eastern part of Clark County. Two years later another group of families with their slaves came to join this little settlement. In some cases the owners were good to their slaves had comfortable quarters for them at a reasonable distance from the main house. Their clothing was given them as they needed it. In most instances the clothing was made on the plantation Material woven, and shoes made. The cabins were one and two rooms, maybe more if the families were large. The slaves ate their meals in the kitchen of the main house. A cruel and inhuman master was ostrazied and taught by the silent contempt of his neighbors a lesson which he seldom failed to learn. In 1789 the general...

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Biographical Sketch of Daniel Morgan

DANIEL MORGAN was born December 23, 1796, in Chatham County, N. C. His parents were William and Milla (Brewer) Morgan, both natives of the same State. They both died of a fever the same day in 1804. They are buried on Hall River, N. C. Our subject came to Christian County, Ky., in 1805, with his grandfather and uncle-Nathaniel and George Brewer. Daniel is one of the two oldest men in this part of the county, James Wilke being the other. Father Morgan had five brothers. These brothers never lived together after the death of their father, and so far as known, he is the only brother living. He was the second child, and started without means. He now owns 500 acres of land, which he has divided among his children. He was married to Abarilla Martin, of this county, November 18, 1817. She died in 1847. She was a member of the Baptist Church. In 1848, he married Rebecca Tucker, of this county. She died in 1860. She was a member of the Baptist Church. She left four children, viz.: William D., James A., Nannie E. and Mary E., all of whom are living. Nannie E. is the wife of Samuel Cowan. Their children are Samuel F. and William D. In 1862 he married Susan Leveritt, of this county, but a native of South Carolina. She died in...

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Biographical Sketch of John W. Murphy

JOHN W. MURPHY was born August 26, 1846, in Todd County, Ky. His parents are William and Nancy (Shelton) Murphy, both natives of this State and still living. The father is a member of the Baptist and the mother of the Christian Church. The mother was previously married to Joseph Allison, who departed this life in November, 1836. By him she had four children. Our subject began for himself at the age of twenty-one. His start was one horse. Farming has always been his business. He is now comfortably situated and owns 100 acres of land located one mile from Kirkmansville. About sixty acres of this land is well improved. Considering his small start he has been quite successful in business. He holds the office of School Trustee. He served ten months in the Confederate Army. He was married, in 1871, to Miss Vashti Mar-tin, of this county. These parents have had seven children, two of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are, viz.: William I., Charles L., Lulu 0., James A. and Frances M. Mr. Murphy is a member of the Christian, and Mrs. Murphy of the Baptist...

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Biography of Robert H. McKinney

ROBERT H. McKINNEY was born November 26, 1845, in Todd County, Ky. His parents are William W. and Rebecca (Griffin) McKinney, natives of Kentucky. The parents of William W. were John and Naomi (Ridgedill) McKinney, natives of South Carolina. John died in 1834, aged sixty-five. His wife died in 1824, aged about 50 years. Of their eleven children, Nancy Rector, of Texas, and William W. are all who survive. The latter is one of the respected, good farmers of the county, owning at present writing 300 acres of land. His first marriage, to Rebecca Griffin, August 25, 1840, resulted in the birth of seven children, viz.: Mary E., John C., Robert H., Dicey A., Rebecca C. (deceased), Elizabeth E. (deceased), and Nancy J. (deceased). The mother’s death occurred February 13, 1870, aged about forty-nine years. She was a life-long and devoted member of the Christian Church. Mr. McKinney was married next, in 1871, to Mary E. Grissam. Jennie, William W., Jr., Elizabeth and Naomi are the children. Both parents are members of the Christian Church. Robert IL, our subject, is a farmer and stock dealer. He owns 100 acres of improved land under good cultivation. He raises wheat, corn, tobacco and grass. He has been quite successful in business and has an encouraging outlook. He was married November 11, 1869, to Miss Melissa L. Shelton, daughter of N. J....

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Biographical Sketch of Charles M. Powell

CHARLES M. POWELL was born March 19, 1823, in Todd County. He is a son of Levi and Nancy (Brewer) Powell. The father was born in North Carolina; he died in 1856, aged seventy. The Mother was born in Virginia; she died in 1854, aged seventy. In about 1818 the family came to this country, and settled at Blue Lick Fork; after a few years they moved to Kirkmansville Precinct, where the parents died. Charles M. then bought out the heirs and carried on this farm till January, 1872, when he came to his present locality. Mr. Powell began life without a dollar, and by perseverance, industry, and strict attention to business, he has acquired a competency. He has owned over a 1,000 acres of land, a portion of which he has given to his children; he now ownes where he resides 200 acres of land, also a grist and saw-mill, also 187 acres elsewhere in this precinct, and fifty-seven acres at the Blue Lick Fork. He was married in 1844 to Mary Shelton. She was born in this county. These parents have had nine children, seven of whom are living. They are life-long ant’. devoted members of the Baptist...

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Biographical Sketch of Pinkney Powell

PINKNEY POWELL was born August 1, 1829. ‘His parents were Isaac and Tebithie (Lacey) Powell, both natives of North Carolina. The father came to this county sixty-four years ago. lie is still living ‘at the advanced age of eighty-eight years. The mother died in 1864, at the age of about seventy years. These parents were for many years members of the Mount Tabor Baptist Church. Our subject began for himself at the age of twenty years. He knows exactly how every dollar of his wealth came, as he has earned it by hard labor and good management. He now owns 450 acres of land besides live stock. He has been very successful in business. He was married in 1849 to Miss Let-tie Shelton of this county. Twelve children have blessed this union, of whom the following are living: Julia A., Betsey J., Melinda M., Isaac S., Virginia E., Mary 0., John H., Lorenza J., William M., Pinkney A. The parents and five of the children are members of the Baptist Church. Mr. Powell is well respected in his county. He has a comfortable home and happy surroundings. Betsey J. is the wife of John Powell. They have five children. Julia A. is the wife of James Williams. They have three children. Melinda M. is the wife of George Henderson. They have four children. Isaac S. married Mary J. Cowan:,...

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Biographical Sketch of John M. Rice

JOHN M. RICE, farmer and miller, was born in 1845, in Muhlenberg County, Ky. His parents, M. M. and S. A. Rice, were born in Kentucky. The father is a farmer, living in Muhlenburg County, at the age of sixty-six years. He is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. The mother died in 1872, at the age of forty-five years. She also was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. These parents had four boys and five girls, eight of whom are now living and members of the church. Our subject on arriving at majority, began for him-self at farming. He still continues in that business. He sold goods for himself in Kirkmansville for two years. He farmed in Texas in 1879-80, making two crops of cotton, corn and wheat. He went to Texas more especially on account of health. On regaining that he returned and has been running his mill and farm ever since. He has been quite successful in business. He now owns 100 acres of land, besides a town residence and mill property. He has been very successful and has an encouraging outlook. He was married October, 1866, to Miss Mary A. Butler of this county. Benjamin B., John H. and Eura are their children. Both parents and two children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church...

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Biography of Dr. Virgil T. Shelton

DR. VIRGIL T. SHELTON, practicing physician in Kirkmansville, Ky., was born November 7, 1836, in Todd County, Ky. His parents are Crispin and Polly B. (Dodd) Shelton. His father is a native of Kentucky and a resident of Todd County since his seventh year. He is now a farmer, of robust health, in his seventy-seventh year. Dr. Shelton’s mother is still living at the age of sixty-six years, with powers of mind and body well preserved. These parents had seven children, five of whom are now living. His brothers, W. Ira and W. Bell, are practicing, physicians. Two brothers are farmers in Kentucky. Dr. Shelton worked on the farm and gained the rudiments of education until his fifteenth year, when he began teaching school and studying medicine, which he continued for five years. He then went into the Keokuk, Iowa, Hospital where he remained four years. He subsequently formed a partner ship with Dr. S. L. Comer, and three years later removed to Greenville, 111., where he remained twelve years. He then removed to St. Louis where he practiced two years, and then removed to Kirkmansville, where he has been eminently successful in his practice. Mr. Shelton is a graduate of the Iowa State University, and notwithstanding the exacting demands of a large practice, has maintained his love for and study of the literature of the ‘lay. He was...

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Biographical Sketch of George Simons

GEORGE SIMONS was born March 28, 1841, in Todd County, Ky. His parents were George and Susan (Allison) Simons. The father died November, 1869, aged sixty-five years. The mother was born in Virginia in 1803, and is now living with her son James H. They were among the earliest settlers of the county. In 1861, George enlisted in Company D, Twenty-fifth Regiment United States Infantry, and after-ward consolidated with the Seventeenth Regiment. He served three years and three months. He took part in the battles of Shiloh, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, the Atlanta campaign and others. While in the army he contracted a disease from which he is a continuous sufferer, and will be more or less all his life. He was married May 7, 1865, to Martha Rager of this county. Four children-Amos, aged eighteen years; Inus, aged sixteen years; Andrew, aged fourteen and Oren, aged seven years-have blessed this union. Four years after marriage they moved to Missouri where they remained five years. They then moved to Illinois where they stayed nine months. In 1875 they returned to Todd County and located on his present farm, consisting of 127 acres; about fifty acres of this farm are improved. This improvement was done by Mr. Simons...

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Biographical Sketch of G. E. Porter

G. E. PORTER was born in Todd County, Ky., July 17, 1861, and is a son of W. R. H. and Anna (Dowdy) Porter-the former a native of Kentucky and the latter a native of Mississippi. W. R. H. Porter was reared and educated in Todd County. He has followed farming, his principal occupation, all his life, with the exception of some seven or eight years, when he was engaged in the mercantile trade. He is now living in Elkton District engaged in farming. He has filled the office of Con-stable. He is a member of the subordinate lodge of the I. O. 0. F. at Elkton, and he and wife are devoted members of the Baptist Church. G. E. Porter, the subject of our sketch, received a good education in youth. He remained with his parents until about the age of twenty-three, when he left home, going to Nashville, Ill., where he worked at the carpenter’s trade six months; he then returned to Todd County, Ky., where he engaged in business in a store of general merchandise at Trout’s Cross Roads, where he is doing a thriving business. He is one of the e prominent business men and influential citizens of the district and...

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Biography of K. L. Terry

K. L. TERRY was born December 29, 1841, in Muhlenburg County, Ky. William A. and Elizabeth (Hay) Terry were his parents. The father was a native of Virginia, the mother of North Carolina. The father was a farmer; his death occurred in 1844, aged twenty-four years. The mother is still living at the age of sixty-six years; the parents were members of the Baptist Church. These parents had two children, K. L. and William B. The latter is a druggist in Princeton, Ky. K. L. began for himself at the age of twenty-six. Previously he had assisted his mother on a farm. He enlisted October 1, 1861, in Company K., Eleventh Kentucky Regiment, United States Infantry. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Stone River, Rural Hill, and the 100-days battle or Atlanta campaign. His discharge dates December 17, 1864, having served three years two months and seventeen days. Ile was afflicted by being vaccinated by ” virus vaccine” and did but little army service after-ward, except keeping records and official duties as First Sergeant of the company. The effects of that ” doctored vaccine” are till carried by Mr. Terry and will be through life. On returning from the army he worked on the farm for his mother until 1867, since which time he has been doing for himself. Ile was elected Constable in Muhlenburg County, Ky., which...

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Biographical Sketch of Levi Tucker

LEVI TUCKER was born March 13, 1828, in Todd County, Ky. His parents were Joshua and Betsey (Powell) Tucker, both natives of North Carolina. The father was a farmer, and died March 3, 1884, at the age of eighty-six years. The mother died many years since; she was a member of the Baptist Church. Our subject on reaching his majority began for himself without a dollar. He has raised a large family and now owns nearly 400 acres of land; success has attended his labors. Ile is well known and duly respected in his precinct; he was married in 1849 to Miss Mary Powell of this county. ‘ James and Mary Powell were her parents. To Mr. and Mrs. Tucker were born six children, viz, Matilda, Urzula, Beriah M., James J., Mary E. and Delia J. All the children are living with their parents at home. Matilda is a member of the Baptist...

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Biographical Sketch of James A. Utley

JAMES A. UTLEY was born in 1851, in Muhlenburg County, Ky. His parents were William J. and Caroline (Vinston) Utley, both natives of Kentucky. The father was a farmer. His death occurred in 1854, aged thirty-six. He was a member of the Baptist Church. The mother died of typhoid fever, the same disease which proved fatal to her husband, her death occurring two weeks later than that of her husband. Her age was thirty-two. She also was a member of the Baptist Church. These parents left two children-Fannie F., now the wife of George M. Bobbitt, and James A. The latter began for himself at the age of eighteen years. He ran a saw-mill for seven years, principally for Miller & Robinson. He then began farming, which business has engaged his attention ever since. He has been very successful in business considering that he began without means. In this county he owns 205 acres of land. In Muhlenburg County he controls 208 acres. He has a nice home and a happy and encouraging prospect. He is one of the responsible, well-to-do men of the county. o He was married January, 1874, to Miss Martha A. Shutt, daughter of Jefferson and Angeline Shutt, of Muhlenburg County, Ky. Floyd R. is their child. Mr. Shutts’ death occurred July 8, 1860, aged thirty-five years. Mrs. Shutts’ death occurred July 5, 1861, aged...

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Biographical Sketch of T. W. Galbraith

T. W. GALBRAITH was born in Tennessee, December 27, 1858, and is the son of W. G. and L. A. (Morton) Galbraith, also natives of Tennessee. W. G. Galbraith was educated in his native State; is a mechanic and has followed his trade in connection with farming, which latter is his principal occupation. He lived for two years in Kansas and also two or three years in Illinois, but at present resides in his native State. T. W. Galbraith, our subject, received a good education in Kentucky, to which State he immigrated when quite young. He was engaged on the farm until 1877, when he engaged in the dry goods and grocery business near Sharon Grove, in which he remained until August, 1883, when he closed out. In February,’ 1884, he embarked in the drug trade at Sharon Grove, and is now doing a good business there. He is a .devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South and is one of the leading business and influential young men of the...

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Biography of W. H. Sarver

W. H. SARVER, son of Henry and Mary 0. (Rice) Sarver, was born in Sumner County, Tenn., near Gallatin, March 1, 1835. His father was a native of North Carolina and of German-Scotch descent. His mother was a native of Tennessee and of Scotch origin. His father was educated at the pioneer schools of his day. In early life, by his own natural abilities, he became a skillful millwright and followed this calling in connection with farming. During his life he owned several mills; at one time two mills, a carding machine and pottery, doing an extensive business. He was a member of the Masonic order, the lodge meeting at his house for a number of years. Both Mr. and Mrs. Sarver were devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He was one of the noted campers at Fountain Head camp-meeting ground. W. H. Sarver received an excellent education in his native State and graduated at the University of Medicine at Nashville, Tenn., in 1856. He began the practice of his profession in Logan County, Ky., in 1856, and remained there until 1871; from there he went to Montgomery County, Tenn., remained some six years and then removed to Sharon Grove in Todd County, Ky., where he now resides, and practices his profession, in which he is very successful. He is also largely engaged in tobacco and live...

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