Collection: Counties Of Todd And Christian Kentucky

Biographical Sketch of William M. Bell

WILLIAM M. BELL, ” Roseheath.” The subject of this sketch is a native of Todd County, Ky., and was born in his present residence, June 25, 1840. His father, Rev. Caleb N. Bell, was born in 1788, in Beaufort, N. C.; was an itinerant Methodist preacher in Virginia; removed to Kentucky in 1820, and died here in 1872, having been a useful minister of the Gospel for sixty-two years. He was thrice married, and his children are: Martha A. (Greenfield), John W., Mary S. (Clark), Eliza J. (Mills), Caleb M. and subject, who received a classical education t Emery and Henry College, of Virginia. Subject is a farmer by profession, having 300 acres of first-class land near ” Bell’s Chapel.” His brick residence was built in 1828 by his father, by whom the place was originally clearer and improved. In 1862 Mr. Bell was accidently crippled in such a manner as to disable him for life, and he consequently employs much of his time in literary pursuits, being one of the most extensively read and well posted men in the county. Being unmarried, his fine farm and books claim his chief attention. He is a member of the Grange; in religion is a Methodist, and in politics is identified with the Democratic party. Mr. Bell’s portrait appears...

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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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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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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 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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Biographical Sketch of John W. Grissam

JOHN W. GRISSAM, produce merchant, was born April 11, 1832, in Christian County, Ky. His parents were J. W. and Sarah W. (Wells) Grissam. The father was a native of South Carolina; he managed the farm for many years and served the county for some years in an official capacity; he was Deputy Sheriff’, Tax Collector and Constable, all under the old Constitution. It was generally conceded that he gave good satisfaction in his official work. He departed this life December 7, 1861, at the age of sixty-four years; he with his wife were for many years worthy members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. The mother was a native of North Carolina. She came to Muhlenburg County at an early age, and is still living, with powers of mind and body unimpaired. These parents had twenty children, eight of whom died in infancy. The remaining twelve were raised to advanced years. John W. began for himself at the age of twenty-two years. Owing to a large family he had no moneyed assistance. He has been engaged variously at farming, milling and merchandising; he now owns a nice home in Kirk mansville, and is numbered among its respected and responsible citizens; he was married in 1865 to-Miss Emma C. McCown, of Muhlenburg County. These parents have had six children, two of whom, John L. and Mary E., died in...

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Biographical Sketch of Jonah W. Hale

JONAH W. HALE was born October 14, 1824, in Todd County, Ky. His parents were Thomas and Nancy (Pittman) Hale. The father was a native of North Carolina, and died in March, 1855, aged about sixty years. The mother died about the year 1826. Mr. Hale began for himself at the age of nineteen years; he rented for many years, then bought 183 acres, and since has bought 157 acres; he at present owns 340 acres, and is clever and well-to-do. He was married, February 6, 1848, to Martha E. Utley, daughter of James and Fanny (Grace) Utley. The latter died August 22, 1869, aged sixty-five years. James Utley died June 22, 1880, aged seventy-six years. They were life-long members of the Baptist Church. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Hale are: James T., born November 24, 1848; William H., born December 9, 1849 (deceased); Jonah W., born January 18, 1851; Nancy E., born November 3, 1852 (deceased); Marial, born January 9, 1855; Benjamin M., born November 1, 1856; Fannie J., born June 26, 1858 (deceased); Jessie G., born May 2, 1861; John H., born March 26, 1863 (deceased); Alice B., born January 10, 1865; Otis C., born March 6, 1867; Charles A., born January 29, 1871; Mary A. L., born June 23, 1872; Crawford II., born March 20, 1875 (deceased). The parents and five children are members of...

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Biographical Sketch of Richard C. Hardison

RICHARD C. HARDISON, teacher, was born February 3, 1858, in St. Mary’s Parish, Louisiana. His parents are Richard B. and Elizabeth Hardison. The father is a native of Kentucky; he is a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church South; he preaches and teaches in the public schools; he owns a farm of 100 acres in Muhlenburg County, Ky., which is carried on by himself and his son, John C. He has been a minister for about eight years, and a teacher for nearly thirty years. The mother is a native of Virginia. She also is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. These parents have five living children, viz.: May, wife of Benjamin F. Hill, elsewhere mentioned; Richard C., John C., Nellie R. and Lafayette B. Our subject left Louisiana and went with his parents to Illinois in 1861, Hamilton County. There the family remained four years, then came to Todd County, Ky. He worked on the farm in summer, and attended school in the winter, under the supervision of Prof. McGregor. Later he taught penmanship for two years; subsequently taught public schools, in which business he is still engaged. He expects to make teaching his profession; he has given general satisfaction where he has taught; but few teachers in the county have a better reputation for advancing pupils and giving satisfaction to parents, patrons and all concerned....

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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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