Collection: Counties Of Todd And Christian Kentucky

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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Biographical Sketch of Presley B. Robinson

PRESLEY B. ROBINSON, Postmaster of Kirkmansville, was born May 3, 1844, in Christian County, Ky. His parents were Harvey and Elizabeth (Thompson, Grant) Robinson, both natives of Christian County, Ky. The father was a farmer and a highly respected pioneer settler of his county. He with his wife were devoted members of the Baptist Church. The mother died August, 1845, at the age of thirty-one years. The father died November 25, 1876, aged sixty-nine years. Our subject began for himself without anything in the way of finances, at the age of nineteen years. He began farming and continued that sixteen years. He then began in the mercantile business in a store in Kirkmansville, styled “P. B. Robinson’s Store.” He continued in that business five years, when he sold to Mr. Gates. He continues in the store clerking, and serving as Postmaster. He owns one among the nicest dwellings in the town, also ten acres of ground with the store-house and lot. He is a successful business man and his outlook encouraging. He was married October 19, 1864, to Miss Eliza A. Griffin, of this county. James H., Frank T. and Carrie T. are their children. Both parents are members of the Christian Church. Mr. Robinson is a member of the Masonic...

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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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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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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 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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Biographical Sketch of F. H. Sears

F. H. SEARS was born December 25, 1814, in Todd County, and on this farm. He is the son of William and Susan M. (Howks) Sears. The father was born on the Potomac River, Va., in 1779; he died May 28, 1852. He came to Logan County, Ky., with his parents in 1792. There he was married, and in February, 1804, came to this farm. He died May 28, 1852. The mother was born in Frederickstown, Md.; her death occurred April 19, 1867, aged seventy-one. Our subject was born and reared on this farm, which he owns, consisting of 222 acres, and is the oldest resident in this precinct. He was married January 18, 1837, to Louisa J. Driscoll;; she was born in Livingston County, Ky., March 10, 1820; this marriage was blessed with nine children-five living: James, John W., Jefferson R., Susan N., and Frank P. Mrs. and Mrs. Sears are members. of the Cumberland Presbyterian...

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Biographical Sketch of Col. M. D. Brown

COL. M. D. BROWN is a native of Christian County, Ky., born March 15, 1838, the youngest member of the famous Brown family, which consisted of fifteen children, twelve of whom lived to be grown. His parents were Thomas and Rebecca (Stuart) Brown. He was reared on the farm, and had in his early career no advantages of an education, and through life has relied on his own individual efforts to attain positions of social worth and of business prominence. A considerable portion of his time, since he attained the age of seventeen, has been spent as a teacher in the schools of this vicinity and also in Illinois, and many certificates granted him by the State Board and other examining Boards of Education attest his ability and scholastic proficiency as a public instructor. During war times he acted as recruiting officer, and captained a small company of calvary in the Confederate ranks. He was appointed a Colonel by Gov. Blackburn, and holds a commission as Colonel in the State militia and as aid-de-camp to the Governor. Returning from the war the Colonel took up his residence in Todd County, giving some attention to farming pursuits, but, taking up the study of law, his energies were bent in the interest of his new calling, and removing to Fairview about 1873, he was soon afterward admitted to the bar at...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles C. Brumfield

CHARLES C. BRUMFIELD, one of Todd County’s enterprising young farmers, was born on March 11, 1856, in Christian County, Ky., and is the third of five children-three boys and two girls-born to Wiley N. and Pernecy (Wood) Brumfield, natives of Virginia, and Christian County, Ky., respectively, of English descent. Subject’s father was married twice, his first wife having been Margaret (Watwood) Brumfield, by whom he had six children-four boys and two girls–five now living, Subject was reared on a farm; his parents died when he was quite young, his mother on November 23, 1861, his father on February 11, 1863. Subject received a good common-school education and made his home with his half brother till he became of age, when he commenced the struggle of life for himself, farming and attending school. He attended school at Trenton, Todd County, for one year and a half. He taught school near Kirkmansville in 1879 and 1880; was census enumerator of Kirkmansville District in 1880. Subject married, January 14, 1880, Alice J. Brumfield, of Todd County, Ky., daughter of Edmond and Verdilla (Canon) Brumfield, natives of Virginia and Tennessee respectively, of English descent. Subject and wife’s people are among the first settlers of Todd County. This union is blessed with two children-Dennie and Vader. Subject’s grandfather was James...

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