Collection: Counties Of Todd And Christian Kentucky

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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Biographical Sketch of Thomas J. Camp

THOMAS J. CAMP, farmer, was born June 15, 1851, in Todd County, Ky., and is the third of nine children born to William and Emily (Lewis) Camp, natives respectively of Hart and Todd Counties, Ky., of English descent. His early advantages for an education were poor, never having attended school for more than three months in all. He was reared on a farm and lived with his parents until of age, when he started in life for himself at farming. He was married on May 28, 1873, to Mary Annis McClelland, of Todd County, a native of Christian County, and a daughter of John and Hannah (Donoho) McClelland, natives of Christian County, Ky., and Sumner County, Tenn., respectively, of English descent. To Mr. and Mrs. Camp were born three children-John Thomas, William H. and Tina May. Subject lives with his mother-in-law on 126 acres of land. He and wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Camp’s grandparents were David McClelland and Dimes...

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Biography Sketch of W. B. Shelton

W. B. SHELTON, by occupation a physician, was born in Todd County, Ky., October 20, 1843, and is a son of Crispin and Polly B. (Dodd) Shelton, both natives of Kentucky-the former of Scotch-Irish and the latter of Irish descent. Crispin Shelton was born August 3, 1807, and his wife was born in 1819. In youth he learned the carpenter’s and cooper’s trades and followed them in connection with farming, his principal occupation. He has held the office of Jailor of Todd County, and he and wife are devoted members of the Christian Church. W. B. Shelton was reared and educated in his native county, and in 1865, began the study of medicine at Hamilton, Ill. He began the practice of medicine in Greenville, Bond Co., Ill., and was there some two years. He then went to Stanton, in the same State, and remained there some eight years. He then returned to Todd County, Ky., and located in Sharon. Grove, where he is doing a leading practice. He was married November 28, 1872, to Alice, daughter of Selby Snell, of Illinois; four children bless their union: Tillie Bell, Harry Eugene, Charley Crispin and Fanny Jane; all are living but Harry Eugene. The Doctor was in the Federal Army, in the Eighth Kentucky Cavalry, Company D, under Bristow. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., No....

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin Downer

BENJAMIN DOWNER was born August 10, 1819, in Todd County, Ky., and has continued to reside here to the present time. He is the son of Benjamin Downer, Sr., a native of Spottsylvania County, Va., where he was born in 1782, and in 1809 removed to Todd County, then a part of Christian County, Ky., where he died in 1826. His wife, Elizabeth, daughter of John S. Slaughter (of Revolutionary fame), was born in Culpeper County, Va., in 1782, and died in Todd County, Ky., in 1862. From this union sprang Susan (Eddins), Frances (married first to Clark and afterward to Bradshaw), John S., William W., Mary S. (Lackey), Ellen (Casky), subject, Elizabeth (Hutchinson), Henrietta (Gibson), Adaline (Reno) and Julia (Hancock). Subject’s early educational advantages were such as the schools of the community afforded in his youth, but he has greatly improved his opportunities by careful reading of standard works and current literature. On December 20, 1847, he was married to Miss Emily L., daughter of John and Frances (Thompson), Pendleton, of Christian County, Ky., and to them were born William K. (dead), Addie, Frank N., James W., Lizzie, John P., Carrie, Emily L. and Benjamin R. Mr. D. is a farmer, owning 337 acres of very good land in first-class condition, and in fine state of cultivation. In religion he is a Methodist, in politics a Republican, and...

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Biographical Sketch of John S. Downer

JOHN S. DOWNER, son of Benjamin Sr. and Elizabeth (Slaughter) Downer, was born in Woodville, Culpeper Co., Va., June 19, 1809; married Miss Elizabeth W. Cabaniss (daughter of George L. and Catherine Cabaniss), at Princeton, Ky., November 19, 1832; died while on a visit to his son, L. A. Downer, of Barren County, Ky., February 10, 1873. Subject’s mother was a daughter of Col. John Slaughter, of Revolutionary days. John S. was one of eleven children who arrived at maturity, and when but a child was brought by his parents to Christian County, Ky. At an early age he evinced a fondness for horticulture; this culminated in after years in his becoming an eminent pomologist and nurseryman, in which capacity he did valuable service in correcting the nomenclature of fruits, as well as producing and introducing new varieties. Though a great lover of flowers, and a thorough botanist, he gave most attention to apples, peaches, and strawberries, of which the popular Charles Downing and Kentucky strawberries are results of his labor. He was a ready and forcible writer, and was favorably known throughout the United States by pomologists, and was highly esteemed among his own people. To him and wife were born four children, all now living. The eldest, Lerond A., married Miss Mary E. Bradley, and had six children, viz.: Jennie, Maude, John S. Jr., Lela, Louis B....

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Biographical Sketch of Preston E. Downer

PRESTON E. DOWNER, Fairview. The subject of this sketch is a native of Todd county, Ky., having been born near the place of his present residence, September 22, 1837. He is the son of John S. and Elizabeth (Cabaniss) Downer. In youth he was favored with a good English education, and is an extensive reader, especially of pomological works and literature. On December 10, 1863, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary E., daughter of John S.’ and Angelina (Sasseen) Long of Todd County, and to them have been born three children: Nonnie, born November 14, 1870; Leslie, born August 8, 1873, died August 8, 1874; and Robert J., born February 22, 1875. Mrs. Downer was born October 21, 1839. Subject is a farmer and nurseryman, owning 600 acres of valuable land, and the firm of Downer & Bro. sell extensively in different States. He is a Baptist and a...

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History and Biographies of Todd and Christian Counties, Kentucky

Be it Enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That from and after the first day of April next, all that part of said counties of Logan and Christian, contained in the following boundary, to wit: Beginning on the Tennessee State line, at the present corner of the counties of Logan and Christian, on said State line; thence on a straight line to the Muhlenberg County line, two miles east of the present corner of said counties of Logan and Christian, on said Muhlenberg County line; then westwardly with said Muhlenberg County line, until a due...

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Biographical Sketch of Benjamin B. Butler

BENJAMIN B. BUTLER, Sheriff of Todd County, Ky., was born in this county August 8, 1850. His parents were H. D. and Permelia C. (Carey) Butler, both natives of Kentucky. The father was born in Todd County; was a farmer, well and favorably known in his county. His death occurred May 3, 1884, at the age of sixty-six years. He had been a member of the Baptist Church for many years. The mother still lives in this county at the age of sixty-two years. She is also a member of the Baptist Church. Sheriff Butler began his business career at the age of sixteen. He followed farming until about the age of twenty-five. He then opened a general store at Kirkmansville, which he carried on with good success. Next he bought the business of M. W. Grissam, his only competitor. In the same year lie bought the flouring-mill in the place and conducted the business of both until 1881, when he sold his store and has since conducted the business of the mill. Mr. Butler was elected Con-stable and discharged the duties of his office with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He was elected Sheriff in 1882, and will be a candidate for re-election the coming fall. It is generally conceded that, he has made an efficient public officer. He owns a farm of 130 acres...

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Biography of Jacob B. Davis

JACOB B. DAVIS was born February 21, 1834, in Todd County, Ky. His parents were Jacob and Polly (West) Davis, both natives of North Carolina. The father settled in Todd County at an early day. His death occurred in 1865, aged seventy-five years. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Our subject, the eighth of thirteen children, began for himself at the age of twenty-one years. He had nothing in the start but his own energy and perseverance. In addition to farming he has worked some at the carpenter trade. He has been tolerably successful in business. He owns 250 acres of land, much of which is improved. His outlook is encouraging. He enlisted October 1, 1861, in Twenty-sixth Regiment Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Perryville, Stone River, Salt River, etc., besides many dangerous skirmishes. He was in the Thirteenth United States Army Corps, under Gen. Thomas. His discharge dates July, 1865. He served nearly five years. He was wounded in the Shiloh battle in the left arm, and in a skirmish he was shot in the left jaw and left leg at the same time. He was disabled by these wounds some two months. He carried the ball in his jaw from 1864 to 1883 (nineteen years), when it came into his left nostril and was taken by him from his...

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Biographical Sketch of W. H. Deason

W. H. DEASON was born in 1840 in Todd County, Ky.; his parents are James N. and Eliza J. (Tacker) Deason, natives of Kentucky. The father was a farmer; his death occurred in 1864, at the age of forty-seven years; the mother is living in this county, at the age of sixty-five years. These parents have eight children all living in years of maturity (a very uncommon thing). W. H. began for himself at the age of twenty years; he farmed on rented ground for fifteen years, when he bought 150 acres, located on the East Fork of Pond River; he has a nice farm and is a good farmer, responsible and well-to-do. His principal product is tobacco, having raised 4,000 pounds the past year; his farm raises good corn and wheat, and is especially’ adapted for the latter; it can hardly be excelled for wheat land. He was married in 1861 to Mrs. Mary V. (Tucker) Powell, of this county: These parents have six living children, viz.: . Emma J. (the wife of T. N. Cathcart, of Tenn.), W. H., G. W., Mary A., Mida F. and Benjamin C. The parents and two of the children are members of the Baptist...

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Biographical Sketch of James D. Duncan

JAMES D. DUNCAN, tobacco merchant, was born in 1845, in Montgomery County, Tenn. His parents were D. H. and Mary L. (Brake) Duncan, natives of Tennessee. The father was a tobacco merchant, a member of the Christian Church and of the Masonic order. The mother’s death occurred in December, 1873, at the age of fifty-four years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Duncan began business for himself at the age of twenty-five years. Previously he had been interested with his father; he has been a resident of this county since 1871; he bought 135,000 pounds of tobacco the past year; he has been moderately successful in business, and takes rank among the good citizens of the county. He owns two lots with a comfortable dwelling in Kirkmansville, and at present has an encouraging outlook. He was married in 1874 to Mrs. Susan E. Boyd, daughter of Edmond and Elizabeth (Mitchel) Boyd, of Christian County, Ky. Louis, Forrest, Florence and Mallie are their children. Mrs. Duncan was first married to Richard Boyd, of Christian County; his death occurred February 19, 1871. Wallace, Lulu and Henry were their...

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Biographical Sketch of P. D. Francis

P. D. FRANCIS was born April 10, 1829, in this county. He is a son of Stephen and Nancy (Martin) Francis; both parents were born in Virginia. The father died in 1839, aged seventy. The mother died in 1849, aged sixty-eight. Our subject was raised on his father’s farm where he remained till the age of twenty-one; he then lived on a rented, farm two years, after which he bought a farm of 200 acres, where he remained about four years; he then sold that farm and came to his present locality; the first year he worked at the tannery; he then returned to Elkton Precinct and worked on his farm till February, 1871, when he came to his present farm, where he has since resided. He owns 200 acres where he lives, also fifty acres land elsewhere. He was married in 1850 to Susan Stokes, daughter of Armstrong and Susan Stokes of Todd County; these parents had eleven children-eight of whom are now living-six sons and two daughters. Mr. Francis is a member of the Baptist...

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Biographical Sketch of Louis N. Girod

LOUIS N. GIROD, teacher, was born August 24, 1859, in Hopkins County, Ky. His parents were John and Sarah K. (Coffman) Girod, the father a native of France, the mother of Kentucky. The father was a merchant at Henderson, and later at Ashbysburgh, Ky. He came to this county in 1855. His death occurred in 1863, aged forty. The mother is living in Webster County, Ky. These parents had three children-Sophie A., the’ wife of W. H. Weir, of Hanson, Ky.; Louis N. and Charles (deceased). Mr. Girod attended public school until the age of fifteen. The next three years he clerked most of the time. He then at-tended school one year in Hopkinsville under Prof. Bramham. He attended at Lexington the Agricultural and Mechanical College two years, taking a special course. He then began teaching and has taught two years, giving general satisfaction. He has taught the past year with good success the High School in Kirkmansville, where he. is now located. He is said to be a fine scholar and an efficient teacher, rendering good satisfaction to those concerned. He was married November 18, 1880, to Miss Nannie H. Dean, of Lexington, Ky. One bright child-Hazel Deane-gladdens the home. Mr. and Mrs. Girod are members of he Christian Church. The family, Girod, in Kirkmansville is, so far as known, the only one in the United...

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Biographical Sketch of P. C. Griffin

P. C. GRIFFIN. Among the genial, hospitable and worthy citizens of the precinct, Phillip C. Griffin, our subject, deserves mention; his birth dates November 27, 1845. His parents, James J. and P. C. Griffin, and he as well, were natives of this county. The father was a farmer, later a merchant, who died February 15, 1880, at the age of sixty-six years. The mother makes her home with her youngest child, Mrs. Lacey, aged sixty-four years. The father was, and the mother still is, a devoted member of the Christian Church. At the age of eighteen Phillip C. began on the farm for himself. Four years later he taught, and continued teaching with good success for four years. He took kindly to the profession, but declining health gave notice of the necessity of a more active life; he sold goods then in company with his father, the firm name being J. J. Griffin & Son. This, partnership continued six years, when he engaged in his present business, dealing in produce, in which he has been reasonably successful. October, 1870, he married Miss Lucy, daughter of George and Nancy Foughender, residents of Muhlenburg County. Six children have blessed this union, viz.: Robert B., Mina L., Effie ‘M., Katie, Ella and Maud. The parents are members, the former of the Christian and the latter of the Baptist...

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