BREEZE, Nannie Hancock
Breeze, Nannie Hancock Born near Chatham in Bracken County, the daughter of Joseph Doniphan Hancock and Mary Tolman Hancock, the oldest of four children. Married W. T. Breeze in 1921 (hardware merchant in Brooksville). One son, William Hancock Breeze, born in Nov. 1923 (now vice president of the Ohio National Life Insurance Co. He resides in Hyde Park, Cincinnati with his wife, JoAnne Watson Breeze and their daughter, Nancy Lou Breeze.)
Mrs. Breeze, now 87 years of age (in 1977), is in a nursing home, "Woodside Manor", Cincinnati, Ohio.
Education: high school at Augusta, graduated 1908. 1 year Ky. State University at Lexington; 1 year student of water color painting in Cincinnati. She began teaching in 1912 and taught for 12 years in the Augusta Graded Schools. She spent her summers in advanced work at the Normal School at Richmond. She was elected county superintendent in 1917 (term began 1918). Mrs. Breeze is a Democrat and a member of the Presbyterian Church. During World War I she was chairman of the committee on War Savings Stamps and secretary of the Civilian Relief of the Bracken County Chapter of the Red Cross. Nominated by: Mildred C. Moore Brooksville, Ky. [Kentucky women remembered : biographical sketches of women who have contributed to Kentucky History; Wash.DC; December 1977]
CONNELLY, Mayme McNamara
Born 1893, the daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Timothy McNamara. Her father was a "real" Irishman, born in County Cork, Ireland. He came to this country when he was 18 years of age with no money. When he married her mother, who was born in Bracken County, he had bought and paid for a nice farm of 110 acres. No one was ever able to compete with him doing the Irish Jig. Married John H. Connelly, a contractor. Mrs. Connelly has been a widow for over 36 years. Retired Thursday, Jan. 7, 1971, as Executive Secretary of Local Board No. 114, after more than 50 years of service. Her tenure with Selective Service began under the 1917 law. She served under seven Presidents, eleven Governors, and six State Directors. June 29, 1967 was "Mayme Connelly Day". There were people from everywhere present to honor her. She was instrumental in founding the Bracken County Veterans Assn. This was a business organization set up to explain GI loans and other veteran benefits. In addition to her Selective Service employment she taught school for 3 years; was deputy county clerk for 7 years; secretary for the Northeastern Telephone Company; secretary to the county agent under the Agriculture Adjustment Act; assistant secretary to Bracken County Board of Education; Executive Secretary of Bracken Co. Veterans Assn; and secretary to the agriculture instructors and farmer trainees. Her motto has been "Pray for a good harvest, but keep hoeing."
Nominated by: Mildred C Moore Brooksville, Ky. [Kentucky women remembered : biographical sketches of women who have contributed to Kentucky History; Wash.DC; December 1977]
COOPER, STEPHEN L.
Born May 6, 1840, in Sangamon county, (Illinois) enlisted in Springfield, July 20, 1861, for three years, in what became Co. B, 11th Mo. Inf., served full term, and was honorably discharged Aug. 1, 1864. He was married Oct. 11, 1865, to Rebecca Summers, who was born Nov. 5, 1842, in Bracken county, Ky. They have two children, RUFUS and ALVEY, and live near Dawson. [Source: "History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois" By John Carroll Power, Sarah A. Harris Power, 1876]
Was born Nov. 24, 1791, in Fairfax county, Va. His parents moved to Bracken county, Ky., in 1805. He enlisted in Bracken county in the war against England in 1812, and was wounded and captured at the battle of River Raisin. After being held as a prisoner in Canada by the Indians who had captured him, his friends paid a ransom for him, and he returned home. Cary Jones was born May 22, 1801, in Nicholas county, Ky. John Dawson and Cary Jones were married in Nicholas county, Oct. 9, 1817. They had one child in Nicholas county, and moved to Bracken county, where they had three children, and the family moved to Sangamon county, Ill., arriving Oct. 24, 1827, north of the Sangamon river, in Clear Lake township, where they had six children. Of their ten children—
- NAPOLEON B., born June 10, 1820, is an invalid, and resides with his mother.
- MARIA L., born July 22, 1822, in Bracken county, Ky., married in Sangamon county to George B. Merriman. See his name.
- LUCY M., born March 7, 1825, in Bracken county, Ky., married in Sangamon county to Lindsay Ridgeway. See his name.
- BERTRAND, born April 10, 1827., in Bracken county, Ky., is unmarried, and resides adjoining Dawson on the south. He is an extensive farmer and stock raiser.
- MARTHA W., born Oct. 21, 1829, in Sangamon county, married Sept. 24, 1850, to James Vanvoris, of Pennsylvania. She died April 2, 1853, in Washington county, Pa.
- MARY J.., born Dec. 17, 1831, Sangamon county, married John S. Merriman Nov. 9, 1848. See his name.
- ISABEL, born Dec. 22, 1833, resides with her mother.
- SARAH E., born July 31, 1837, in Sangamon county, resides with her mother.
- JOHN, Jun., born March 22, 1840. He went to Cairo Ill., in 1862, and enlisted in the United States navy, served one year, and died at home Oct. 26, 1869.
- DICK A., born April 3, 1842, in Sangamon county, died at eleven years of age.
John Dawson died Nov. 12, 1850, in Sangamon county. His widow resides on the farm where they settled in 1827. It is three miles southwest of Dawson. Mr. Dawson was Captain of a company from Sangamon county in the Black Hawk war of 1831. He was elected to represent Sangamon county in the State Legislature of 1831 and '2. He was again elected in 1835, and continued, by re-election, to represent the county until 1840, and was consequently one of the " Long Nine" who secured the removal of the State capital to Springfield at the session of 1836-7. [See article: "Long Nine."] Mr. C. was also a member of the convention that framed the State constitution of 1848. The ball received in his lungs at the battle of River Raisin was never extracted, and was the cause of his death. [Source: "History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois" By John Carroll Power, Sarah A. Harris Power, 1876]
DONIPHAN, HON. JOSEPH
On the pages of the history of the state of Kentucky are the names of an unusually large number of notable men - fine, public-spirited citizens, who were more zealous for the good of the whole community than for their own aggrandizement, men of culture and intellect and the ability to make high ideas realities, who figured in greater or less degree in public life to their own honor and that of the state. Of these none are more worthy of reverence and admiration than the Hon. Joseph Doniphan, of notable judicial and military record, and at one time mayor of Augusta. He was one of Bracken county's brightest legal lights and at the time of the Civil war won the title of lieutenant colonel. Nearly forty years have passed since this gentleman was wrested by the hand of death from a sphere of great usefulness, but his memory is still green with those who were fortunate enough to know him, and by pleasant reputation with those of later generation.
The Hon. Joseph Doniphan, who on May 2, 1873, "Gave His body to the pleasant country's earth, And his pure soul unto his captain, Christ. Under whose colors he has fought so long," was a native of Augusta as well as a life-long resident of that place, his birth having occurred here August 19, 1823. His parents were George and Mary A.P. (Marshall) Doniphan, the former born (by strange circumstance of dates) July 4, 1790, and died February 22, 1864; and the latter born July 29, 1804, and died January 23, 1871. The father was a tanner and he started a tannery at Augusta which he conducted in a very successful manner until his death. His brother, Colonel William Doniphan, was a prominent man in his day and district, a veteran of the Civil war and a well-known lawyer, who early went to Missouri and there practiced during all the ensuing years of his life.
Hon. Joseph Doniphan was reared at Augusta and when of sufficient years entered Augusta College where he pursued his studies until 1839, when he was called on to assist in the grocery as a collector. The family was in moderate circumstances and even when quite young he had the wholesome experience of depending upon his own resources. Possibly impressed with the idea that "homekeeping youth have ever homely wits," in the fall of 1842 he went to New Orleans and engaged in the commission business, continuing thus until 1853. He then returned to his native place and in the fall of 1844 was witnessed the crystallization of a long-gathering ambition to become a member of the legal fraternity. His maternal grandfather, Martin Marshall, of Augusta, was a lawyer and it was in his office that he pursued his legal studies. He was admitted to the bar in 1848 and in the year following was elected to the Kentucky legislature, (August, 1849), thereupon beginning a career overflowing with honors and usefulness. After serving creditably in the legislative session of 1849-50 he was appointed marshal and took the census of 1850. In April, 1852, he was elected mayor of Augusta and so satisfactory were his services in the way of directing civic affairs, that he was re-elected in 1853 and again in 1854. In August of the year last named he was elected judge of the county court of Bracken county and served for four years as the incumbent of this important office. Scarcely was his tenure of office in the county judgeship at an end, when the people of Augusta, cherishing a vivid memory of his former conscientious and enlightened mayoralty service, again presented him with the office and during the troublous year immediately preceding the Civil war, 1859, 1860 and 1861, he again presided over the civic destinies of the town. Shortly after Fort Sumter was fired upon Mr. Doniphan assisted in organizing, or more truly was chiefly instrumental in the organization of the Sixteenth Kentucky Regiment of Infantry and there was general gratification when he was elected its lieutenant colonel, Charles Marshall being the beloved colonel of this regiment. Mr. Doniphan was a gallant soldier and held in high regard by his men, but the rigors of army life were too hard upon him and he was compelled to leave the army on account of ill health. In those desolate days he was one upon whom the people felt that they could place their trust and in August, 1863, he was elected judge of the circuit court of the Ninth Judicial District and served for the six years ensuing. He was again elected mayor in 1869, and succeeded himself in the office in 1870 and 1871. In May, 1871, he was elected chancellor of the counties of Kenton, Campbell, Pendleton and Bracken, and held the office until his death. Upon the close of his services as circuit judge and his refusal again to become a candidate, he was presented by the Kenton County Bar Association with a rarely beautiful Narden watch, solid gold, and valued at five hundred dollars.
Augusta and the legal profession were indeed fortunate in possessing a man of his ability and fine character, to his inflexible integrity, personal independence and absolute truth being joined personal purity and dignity of character and a generous readiness to concede the merits of others. He was a loyal Whig in political conviction and always took a very active part in local, state and national affairs, ever being ready to do anything, to go anywhere, to proclaim its ideas and support its candidates. He gave his hand and heart to all good measures and was one of the most earnest and faithful of the members of the Baptist church of Augusta, in which in later years his son George served as deacon.
On the 16th day of December, 1856, Hon. Joseph Doniphan was happily married, his chosen lady being Miss Elizabeth A. Ward, born August 19, 1833, and by a strange coincidence on the very month and day as her husband, but ten years later. This worthy and charming woman who still survives is a native of Bracken county, and the daughter of Washington and Maria (Reynolds) Ward. The former, like so many of Kentucky's residents in the past century, was a native of the Old Dominion who came to Kentucky in youth. He was one of Bracken county's extensive agriculturists and an extensive slave owner, although of the most kindly and humane sort, for he treated his black servitors with consideration and never sold any of them. The old Ward homestead, which was the scene of Kentucky life in its most elegant and picturesque aspect, is now owned by a daughter-in-law of that well-remembered gentleman, Mrs. John I. Ward, widow of his son. Mrs. Doniphan's grandfather, John Ward, was a patriot and a soldier, having served in both the Revolutionary war and the war of 1812. Her mother, Maria Reynolds, was born in Bracken county, and lived within its borders throughout the course of her life. She was the daughter of Isaac Reynolds, an early settler of the Blue Grass state, who lived to the great age of ninety-six years. Of the children born to John Ward and his wife, two daughters beside Mrs. Doniphan are living - they being Mrs. Minerva Evans, of Missouri, and Mrs. Martha McGrew, of California. Mrs. Doniphan was reared in Bracken county, and received her education, which was of an unusually thorough character for the maidens of her day, at the Bracken Academy and from private tutors. After her marriage to the brilliant young jurist and statesman who was also her townsman, she removed to the attractive residence, already furnished by him, at the corner of Fourth and Bracken streets, and this has been her home for over fifty-four years. This ideally congenial life companionship was further cemented by the birth of four children. The eldest of the children of Judge and Mrs. Joseph Doniphan was Maria Louise, who became the wife of Rev. J.S. Felix, and resides in Augusta; George, of whom more extended mention will be made in succeeding paragraphs, is now deceased; a daughter named Christina Ward, died at the age of eight years; and the youngest child, Maggie Marshall, died in youth.
If Judge Joseph Doniphan was a man and a citizen of whom Bracken county might well be proud, it is speaking with all due conservatism to say that his son George Doniphan was entirely worthy of him and his recent demise in the fullness of his powers is looked upon as a general misfortune. The entire life of this admirable gentleman was an example of exalted integrity, of honor and kindly virtues, and beloved by all, the inspiration of his fine citizenship, the beauty of the part he played in all the relations of life, has, by no means, been interred with his remains. It might have been said to him as Goethe said to a friend, "Your character has the power of making hearts your own." The legal profession is the loser by his demise, for he was of sound and positive abilities and as a citizen his unselfish devotion to the best interests of the community won him the confidence and high regard of all.
George Doniphan was born in Augusta and almost his entire life was spent within its pleasant borders. The date of his birth was January 23, 1861, and he did not live to complete a half cycle, his death occurring November 3, 1910. After a preliminary schooling in Augusta he entered the university at Rochester, New York, from which he was graduated in 1880 and following that, (a conclusion to follow in the paternal footsteps in the matter of a vocation having been arrived at ) he entered the Cincinnati Law School and came forth from its portals in 1883, a full-fledged lawyer. He began upon his practice at Augusta, and soon came to fill the place left vacant by the death of his father just a decade preceding. His entire life was given to the practice of his profession and in the '80's, as a signal mark of the confidence which he had inspired in the community, he was elected to the mayor's chair, the office which his father had held for so many terms and with such eminent success. He was not thirty years of age at the time this honor was conferred upon him, he having been, in truth, the youngest mayor the city ever had.
Mr. Doniphan assumed marital relations November 3, 1887, the lady to become his wife and the mistress of his household being Miss Lawler H. Harbeson, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John M. Harbeson of Augusta. Their home became one of the most attractive and hospitable of the abodes of Augusta, and their union was blessed by the birth of one daughter, Miss Louise Harbeson, who is a graduate of the Chevy Chase School for young ladies, situated near Washington, D.C. [A History Of Kentucky And Kentuckians By E. Polk Johnson; 1912; The Lewis Publishing Company; Transcribed by KM]
DORA, JAMES W., M. D.
(deceased). Born near Augusta, Bracken County, Ky., May 5, 1827, the son of Beauchamp and Nellie H. Dora, both natives of Bracken County. Dr. Dora received his education in select schools and in Augusta College, with a course in Bartlett's Commercial College, from which institution he graduated in 1848. One year of the two he remained in this school was spent as its bookkeeper. In the year 1848 he began the study of medicine under Dr. George R. Todd, of Cynthiana, Ky. On April 11, 1850, at Cynthiana, Ky., Dr. Dora was married to Martha E. Smith, who died in 1872, leaving four children: Neoma C, Mary H., William and Margaret A., all of whom are deceased except Margaret A., who married William C, Robertson, of Louisville, Ky., and who still resides there. During the winter of 1850-51 he was a student in the Ohio Medical College at Cincinnati, and in the spring following began practicing his profession at Buena Vista, Ky. Later, in the year 1851, and during a part of 1853, he was once more a student in the Ohio Medical College, from which he was graduated in the spring of 1853. Returning to his neglected practice, he remained in Kentucky until in August, 1855, when he decided to move to Illinois, locating in Mattoon. During the same year he attended the winter lecture course at the Eclectic Medical College in Cincinnati. In October, 1863, Dr. Dora moved to Chicago, and there took a course in Rush Medical College, from which he was graduated in April, 1865. After receiving his degree he returned to Mattoon and continued the practice of his profession in that city until his death, which occurred August 30, 1891. On November 10, 1875, Dr. Dora was united in marriage, at Paris, Ky., to Sallie A. McQuown who was born at Nolin, Hardin Co., Ky. Of this union two children were born, both of whom are living, Claude Bernard and Waldo Emerson. They are both talented young men, educated at the University of Chicago and both served in the United States army during the Cuban campaign, being stationed at Matanzas and Havana, Cuba. Dr. Dora's widow survives, residing at Mattoon, Ill. In his political affiliations Dr. Dora was a strong Democrat. He was the first Mayor of Mattoon, and held this office for years. He also served as City Treasurer for two terms. [Source: "History of Coles County, Illinois"; By Charles Edward Wilson, 1905]
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GARNETT, WILLIAM H.
For three decades has William H Garnett been identified with his alma mater, the Kentucky Wesleyan College, at Winchester, Kentucky, as professor in English and mathematics and in the pedagogic profession he has proved himself a man of undoubted ability and exact information. He is strictly a self-made man, having secured his education by money earned during his vacations and by teaching school. He has gained eminent precedence in the educational world and he has made of success not an accident by a logical result. Professor William Henry Garnett was born in Harrison county, Kentucky, the date of his birth being February 7, 1852, and his forbears were natives of Virginia, whither the original progenitor in America emigrated from England. The parents of Professor Garnett were Moscow and Agnes (Douglas) Garnett.
To the common schools of his native country Professor Garnett is indebted for his preliminary educational training and this discipline was later supplemented by a course of study in the Kentucky Wesleyan College, then located in Bourbon county. He was matriculated in this institution in 1869 but on account of his very limited financial resources he was forced to drop his studies from time to time and turn his attention to teaching in order to procure enough money to pay his current and college expenses. Eventually, however, after long and persistent endeavors, success crowned his efforts and he was graduated at this college as a member of the class of 1877, duly receiving his well earned decree of Bachelor of Philosophy. His early experience in teaching was obtained in the public schools of Harrison county. Subsequently he taught one year in a select school at Brooksville, Bracken county, Kentucky and for one year he was principal of one of the ward schools in Newport, this state. In 1881, his ability in the pedagogic profession received due recognition in that he was then appointed a member of the facility of his alma mater. For two years he held the chair in English and during the long intervening years from 1883 to the present time he has been incumbent of the professorship of mathematics. That he is a popular and successful instructor needs no further voucher than that indicated by his long identification with the Kentucky Wesleyan College. He is a man of fine mental caliber and broad general information, his kindly humor and abiding sympathy making him particularly popular with the student body. Professor Garnett is a Democrat in his political convictions and he has ever given freely of his aid and influence in support of all measures and enterprises advanced for the general welfare of the community. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Methodist Episcopal church, South, in the various departments of whose work they have been most zealous factors. On the 25th of December, 1884, was solemnized the marriage of Professor Garnett to Miss Susan Knox, of Newport Kentucky. No children have been born to this union. Mrs. Garnett is a woman of most gracious personality and she is deeply esteemed and loved by all who have come within the sphere of her gentle influence. [A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities – E. Polk Johnson, 1912 p 783]
GREENE, ROBERT L.
Perhaps no other man in Kentucky to-day has a wider acquaintance or is more favorably known among the lawyers of the state than Robert L. Greene, attorney-at-law of Frankfort. Mr. Greene is a Kentuckian both by birth and by long residence within the borders of the state for it was in Warsaw, Gallatin county, that he first saw the light of day, December 3, 1855. He is the son of George and Jane (Diltz) Greene. His father was born in the Keystone state and was of Pennsylvania Dutch stock, while his mother was born in Harrison county, Kentucky, and was the daughter of Watson P. Diltz, who was one of five brothers who in the early days came over the line from Virginia to Kentucky and were among those doughty pioneers of whom the state is so proud. The Diltz family is of Scotch-Irish lineage. Mr. Greene’s father, George Greene, was for years a prominent tobacco merchant, and at one time engaged in this business at Louisville, although at the time of his death he was a resident of Augusta, Kentucky. He and his wife were the parents of five sons and four daughters.
When Robert L. Greene was less than three years of age, his parents moved to Milford, Bracken county, Kentucky, and it was there that his boyhood and youth was passed. He attended the public schools, and after obtaining his preliminary education, entered Augusta College. He was not permitted to finish, however, for he was confronted with the problem of having to earn his own living. He taught school for a time, his experiences at a pedagogue beginning when he was only sixteen years of age. In 1873 he became deputy clerk of the circuit court of Pendleton county and later filled the same office in Kenton county. In January, 1884, he became deputy clerk of the court of appeals at Frankfort, a position he held until January, 1904, a period of twenty years, during which time he rendered splendid service and became well acquainted with leading lawyers from all parts of the state who came to Frankfort to practice before the court of appeals of Kentucky. In the convention in Frankfort in 1897, he was defeated by the narrow margin of five votes against a combination of five candidates for the office of clerk of the court of appeals, and in 1903 he again became a popular candidate for the Democratic nomination in primary for the same office, and was barely defeated for the nomination, even though a strong political combination had been formed against him. Since leaving the office of deputy clerk of the court of appeals Mr. Greene has successfully practiced law at Frankfort. He has been keenly interested in public matters for many years and ever since the attainment of his majority has given effective support to the Democratic party, being counted as one of the influential workers in the ranks. He is an active member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. Mr. Greene was married in 1882 to Miss Sue Boude of Augusta, and they have one son, Lewis Brent. [A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians, The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities – E. Polk Johnson, 1912 pp 728-729]
GREENING, JOHN F.
Brother to Thomas A., was born Nov. 20, 1806, in Powell's Valley, near Cumberland Gap, Claiborne county, Tenn. His parents moved, in 1808, to Clark county, Ky. He was married in Bracken county, May 26, 1831, to Elizabeth G. Rose, who was born Sept. 6, 1814, in that county. They had one child in Kentucky, and moved, in the fall of 1834, to Hamilton county, Ind., where they had one living child, and the family moved to Sangamon county, Ill., arriving Oct., 1839, on German Prairie, northeast of Springfield, where they had two children, and in Feb., 1844, moved to Buffalo Hart Grove, where they had four children. Of their eight children:
- URSULA L, born May 4, 1832, in Kentucky, married Sept. 30, 1856, in Sangnmon county, to Thomas F. Burns. See his name.
- SARAH E., born July, 4, 1838, in Indiana, died Dec. 29, 1861, at Buffalo Hart Grove.
- GERSHOM K. born May 31, 1841, near Springfield, enlisted July 25, 1862, in Co. I, 114th Ill. Inf., for three years, served full term, and was honorably discharged Aug. 8, 1865, was forty-seven days under fire at the siege and capture of Vicksburg, was with Gen. Thomas at the battle of Nashville, and was at the siege and capture of Mobile, and now - 1874 - lives with his brother Zachary T.
- MARY F., born Jan. 8, 1844, married Adam H. Constant. See his name.
- ZACHARY T., born Aug. 3, 1846, in Sangamon county, married Dec. 27, 1871, to Mary Elder. They have one child, GEORGIE, and live two miles south of Buffalo Hart station.
- WINFIELD S., born March 27, 1849, in Sangamon county, lives with his brother Zachary T.
- ISADORE A., born May 22, 1852, and JOHN F., Jun., born July 29, 1857, live with their parents.
John F. Greening and his wife are both living - 1874 - and reside one and one-half miles east of Buffalo Hart station, Sangamon county (Illinois). [Source: "History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois" By John Carroll Power, Sarah A. Harris Power, 1876]
KING, WILLIAM B.
Was born April 23, 1783, in Fauquier county, Va., and when a young man went to east Tennessee. Anna R. Greening—a sister to Thomas A. and John F. Greening— was born July 5, 1788, in Fauquier county, Va., and taken by her parents to east Tennessee. William B. King and Anna R. Greening were there married about 1807, and at once moved to Fayette county, Ky., and from there to Clark county, Ky., where they had four children; and the family moved to Bracken county, Ky., about 1815, where seven children were born, and all the family, except the eldest son, moved to Sangamon county, Illinois, arriving Oct., 1830, and settled three miles east of Springfield, where one child was born. Arriving so late in the season gave but little opportunity to prepare for winter. They built a log cabin, roofed it with clap-boards, and cut out a place for a door and a chimney; but the snow come on before they could build a chimney, make a door, or chink and daub the cracks. They spent the winter with the cabin in that condition. Thirty-one snows fell that winter, making the "deep snow." Of their thirteen children:
- THOMAS A., born April 22, 1809, in Clark county, Ky., married Nov. n, 1830, in Bracken county, to Ann Mann, and came to Sangamon county, arriving Oct., 1831, and settled three miles east of Springfield. They had twelve children in Sangamon county; five died young. ELIZABETH, born April 16, 1832, married Anderson Todd; have ten children, and live in Illiopolis township. WILLIAM, born Nov. 21, 1835, died Jan. 23, 1862. MELVIN, born Oct. 6, 1839, enlisted July, 1862, for three years, in Co. I, 114 Ill. Inf. Served full term, and was honorably discharged Aug., 1865. He was married in Sangamon county Nov. 12, 1867, to Artamesia M. Kipps, who was born July 2, 1850, in Cobb county, Georgia. They have two children, Annie A. and Linnie J., and live half a mile east of Riverton. URIAH, born Aug. 20, 1842, enlisted at Chicago, June 17, 1861, in Co. E, 24th Ill. Inf., for three years. He was wounded at the battle of Chickamauga, Sept. 19, 1863, and captured the next day, and after enduring the horrors of nearly all the famous rebel prisons, at Richmond, Danville, Andersonville, Savannah, Millen, Thomasville, and back to Andersonville, was released March 20, 1865, and returned, via Vicksburg and St. Louis, to Springfield, and was honorably discharged June 7, 1865, being within ten days of one year over time. Uriah King was married Oct. 1, 1868, to Melvina Bailey, who was born March 17, 1850, in Sangamon county. They have two children, Julia Belle and Manetta, and live one and one-quarter miles east of River-ton. JOHN H., born June 28, 1848, lives with his parents. JULIA A., born Dec. 6, 1851, married Dec. 11, 1872, to John G. Turney, who was born July 27, 1844, in Northumberland county, Canada West. They live one mile east of Riverton. THOMAS A., Jun., born July 29, 1855, lives with his parents. Thomas A. King and wife reside where they settled in 1831. It is one mile east ol Riverton, Sangamon county, Illinois.
- REUBEN, born Jan., 1811, in Clark county, Ky., came with his parents to Sangamon county in 1830, and was a soldier in the Black Hawk war in 1831-32. He was married to Susan Howell. They raised a large family in McLean county, and moved to Iowa, where Mrs. Susan King died, and he married a second time. When the rebellion commenced, he enlisted in the 12th Iowa Inf., at fifty-two years of age, and was killed at the battle of Pittsburg Landing, April 6, 1862. His son, THOMAS, enlisted in 1862 in Co. I, 114th Ill. Inf. Served to the end of the rebellion, and was honorably discharged. He died in McLean county in 1874. JAMES enlisted in the 10th Mo. Cav., and was never heard of after the Price raid of 1862 in Missouri. ISABEL married George Arnold, and lives in McLean county, ten miles east of Lexington. She is the only living member of Reuben King's family.
- ELIZABETH, born March 2, 1812, in Kentucky, married in Sangamon county to Uriah Mann. See his name.
- JAMES M., born Jan. 30, 1815, in Clark county, Ky. He went to the Wisconsin lead mines, in 1834, and worked for three and one-half years at smelting lead for William S. Hamilton, son of Alexander Hamilton, who was killed by Aaron Burr. He married, Nov. 14, 1839, in Sangamon county, to America Elliott. They had nine children; three died young. CLIFTON H., born Sept. 18, 1840, enlisted July, 1861, at Springfield, in what became Co. B, 9th Mo. Inf., served three years, and was honorably discharged, at St. Louis. He was married, March 7, 1865, to Alida Yocom, had one child, Alida, and Mrs. King died March 27, 1866. He was married Dec. 12, 1867, in Sangamon county, to Martha Wilson. They have three children, Arthur W., Luella and Margaret, and live in Murray county, near Worthington, Noble county, Minn. CLARISSA A., born Jan. 6, 1843, died Oct. 12, 1863. HESTER F., born July 3, 1845, married John E. Constant. See his name. WILLIAM T., born June 30, 1849, married Sept. 25, 1873, at Petersburg, to Mary F. McCrea, and live three-quarters of a mile cast of Barclay. MARY F., born May 26, 1853, and RUFUS H., born Dec. 25, 1855, live with their parents, three-quarters of a mile east of Barclay.
- WILLIAM G., born in 1817, in Bracken county, Ky., raised in Sangamon county, married in New Orleans to Sarah R. Tonguelet, had two children, went to California in 1849, and died there in 1871.
- HENRY J., born in 1819, in Bracken county, Ky., married in Sangamon county, in 1840, to Louisa Fowkes. They had six children, and moved to the vicinity of Marshaltown, Iowa. His son, WILLIAM, enlisted in an Iowa regiment, and died at New Madrid, Missouri. SARAH, born in 1821, in Bracken county, Ky., married in Sangamon county to Nathaniel B. Neal. See his name. He died, and she married Hudson Lanham, and had four children. ROSA married John Brantner, and resides in Springfield. Mrs. and Mrs. Lanham died an Riverton.
- STEPHEN, born in 1823, in Bracken county, Ky., married in Sangamon county to Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, whose maiden name was Hendrix. They had seven children: ALBERT died, aged fourteen years. NELLIE, LINCOLN, CHARLES, WILLIE, KATIE and EDDIE, and reside four miles southeast of Williamsville.
- HESTER F., born Jan. 21, 1825, in Bracken county, Ky., married in Sangamon county to Culvin S. Churchill. See his name.
- ANNA R., born August 21, 1826, in Bracken county, Ky., married in Sangamon county, Nov. 10, 1843, to Christopher Mann. See his name.
- FIELDING A., born Nov. 14, 1828, in Bracken county, Ky., raised in Sangamon county, went around Cape Horn to California in 1849, enlisted and fought Indians there three years during the rebellion, is unmarried, and resides at You Bet, Nevada county, California.
- JOHN F., born Dec. 12, 1831, in Sangamon county, married Oct. 18, 1860, also in Sangamon county, to Mary J. Threlkeld. She was born Jan. 5, 1838, in Bracken county, Ky. They have seven children, ELMA E., JOHN L., JESSIE V., CHARLES W., THOMAS M., HENRY O. and TILLIE M., and reside two miles southeast of Riverton, Sangamon county. John F. King was commissioned as Justice of the Peace in 1858, and served until he enlisted, July 18, 1862, in what became Co. I, 114th Ill. Inf. He recruited the company, and was elected Captain, but was not commissioned, but when the regiment was organized he was elected and commissioned, Sept. 18, 1862, as Lieutenant Colonel. He was commissioned August 23,1864, as Colonel, but never mustered, because the regiment was then reduced to a minimum. He resigned Dec, 9, 1864. Col. King was commissioned, in 1866, as assistant assessor in charge of distilleries. Commissioned as gauger in 1867, and in 1869 as U. S. Storekeeper, all in the eighth district of Illinois. He served three years as Secretary of the Old Settlers' Society.
William B. King died Oct. 19, 1863, and Mrs. Ann R. King died March 27, 1873, both in Sangamon county, Illinois.
[Source: "History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois" By John Carroll Power, Sarah A. Harris Power, 1876]
MARSHALL, THORNTON F.
Bracken county renders honor to the memory of the late Hon. Thornton F. Marshall, as one of the most valuable of the citizens who elected to live out their lives within her pleasant borders. This eminent gentleman was one of the splendid galaxy of distinguished lawyers and he was also a statesman of high attainments, his service in the Kentucky senate having been in the stirring times before and during the Civil war. He died March 25, 1901, at his home at Augusta, his years numbering nearly eighty-two, and although it is a decade since he was summoned to that "bourne whence no traveler returneth" he still lives in the hearts of his numerous friends and admirers. That community in which his life was passed and where his eyes closed in death was also the birthplace of the Hon. Mr. Marshall, for it was upon the scenes of Augusta that his young eyes first opened. His father, the Hon. Martin Marshall, was born in Fauquier county, Virginia, September 11, 1777, and he died in Augusta, Kentucky, September 19, 1853, beginning his life near the beginning of one great American war and closing it when the threatening clouds of another had begun to gather. Upon his removal to Augusta Martin Marshall became on the influential and honored citizens. On March 16, 1803, Hon. Martin Marshall married a prominent young woman, Matilda Taliaferro. She was born in Virginia, September 30, 1787, and died in Augusta, March 1, 1843, about ten years prior to the demise of her husband. Martin Marshall was a distinguished lawyer and the only one of the family of the Rev. William Marshall who kept in touch with the descendants of Colonel Thomas Marshall. Mr. Marshall represented Bracken county in the Kentucky legislature in 1805 and 1806. The education of the Hon. Thornton F. Marshall was accomplished in Augusta College, and he subsequently matriculated in that of Danville, Kentucky, and was admitted to the bar. As before mentioned his practice was in Augusta and he proved his attainments in his chosen profession to be of the highest character. He became a member of the Kentucky senate and his service to the state and to Bracken county continued during the whole Civil war period. Though ever a staunch Democrat he was the opponent of secession and he had the courage of his convictions and cast the deciding vote that kept Kentucky in the Union. The marriage of Hon. Mr. Marshall was solemnized in Augusta in the year 1841, his chosen lady being Ann Eliza Mackie, daughter of Dr. George W. Mackie, one of the town's most distinguished physicians, whose practice covered a long period of years. The doctor was a native of the state of Maryland and of Scotch-Irish descent, his birth occurring in the year 1786 and is death at Augusta, April 9, 1855. His wife was Maria Sharpe, of Bracken county, and her father, Thomas Sharpe, was also a native of Maryland and was a farmer by occupation. The Sharpe family, like the Mackies, were of Scotch-Irish origin. The only issue of the marriage of Hon. Thornton F. Marshall and Ann Eliza Mackie was Maria Louise, who became the bride of Dr. Alexander Keith Marshall and who now resides at the interesting and beautiful old homestead of her father at Augusta, her husband being deceased.
M. Louis Marshall who was one of Bracken county's most charming young women, was married on the 29th day of August, 1877, to Dr. Alexander Keith Marshall, son of John Marshall and grand-nephew of Chief Justice John Marshall. A detailed history of the Marshall family and its many distinguished representatives appears elsewhere in this volume devoted to the history of notable Kentuckians and their achievements. Dr. Marshall was born in Mason county, Kentucky, January 21, 1822, and died in 1882. His first wife was Elizabeth Adams, who died February 9, 1876, after nearly thirty years of wedded life, the union having occurred October 30, 1845. Thus Miss "Lou" Marshall, as she was affectionately known in the community, was the second wife. Mrs. Marshall's birth occurred in Augusta September 12, 1842.
Dr. A.K. Marshall had some thought of giving his career to the practice of medicine, and received a liberal education, both literary and professional. He also pursued a course of study in the Medical College of Philadelphia, from which famous institution he received his well-earned degree. Despite his thorough training he did not practice medicine to any extent, his other interests as a student and a gentleman of property engrossing his attention. He was a great student and reader and exceptionally well informed. He is entitled to consideration as one of the former successful and enlightened agriculturists of Bracken county. He owned and operated the farm at Kenton Station formerly owned by Simon Kenton. After his first marriage he settled in Fleming county, but removed to Maysville and finally to his farm near Washington, where he died August 2, 1881. His large estate was divided among his widow and his near relatives. Since he was summoned to the life eternal his widow has resided at the old Thornton F. Marshall home at Augusta, which is one of the town's most refined and hospitable centers. Since the age of eighteen years she has been a member of the Presbyterian church and has ever been generous in sympathy and support for its good works. She has the distinction, coveted by so many, of belonging to the Society of Colonial Dames. The late Dr. Marshall, her husband, to whose memory she is devoted, is remembered by all who knew him as handsome, agreeable and brilliant, a worthy bearer of the name of Marshall, one of the proudest in the South. [A HISTORY OF KENTUCKY AND KENTUCKIANS By E. POLK JOHNSON 1912; The Lewis Publishing Company; Tr. by K.Mohler]
An elder brother to Robert, was born Sept. 2, 1781, in Pennsylvania. His father, Robert McDaniel, was a Revolutionary soldier, served three years and six months, and was present when Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown, Va. When James was a child the family moved to Stroude's station, Clark county, Ky. He was there married to Mary Matthews. They had one child there, and moved to Bracken county, where they had three living children, and the family moved to Sangamon county, Ill., arriving, in 1838, at Buffalo Hart Grove. Of their four children— JEPTHA, born in 1806, in Clark county, Ky., married in Bracken county, and came to Sangamon county with his father in 1838. They had one child in Kentucky and seven in Sangamon county. ELIZABETH married Levi McDaniel. See his name. MARY married William Matthews, have five children and live in Buffalo Hart township. MARTHA married Oliver McDaniel. See his name. JOHN T., unmarried, is a teacher. Mrs. Sarah McDaniel died in 1852, and Jeptha [Source: "History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois" By John Carroll Power, Sarah A. Harris Power, 1876]
Was born Feb. 14, 1799, in Clark county, Ky. He was married in Bracken county, March 25, 1825, to Jemima Correll. She was born July 10, 1799, in Montgomery county, Ky. They had five children in Bracken county, and moved to Sangamon county, Ill., arriving in the fall of 1835, in Mechanicsburg township, and the next year to Buffalo Hart grove, where one child was born. Robert McDaniel and his wife now - 1876 - reside three miles east of Buffalo Hart Station, on the farm where they settled in 1836. Of their six children:
- GEORGE born June 9, 1826, in Bracken county, Ky., married Oct. 31, 1854, in Sangamon county, to Louisa J. Constant. They had two children, EDWIN A. and ELMER W.,and live three miles southeast of Buffalo Hart Station, Sangamon county, Illinois.
- LEVI, born Dec. 3, 1827, in Kentucky, married Feb. 16, 1871, to Elizabeth McDaniel, and lives with his parents.
- JOSEPH, born Dec. 12, 1830, in Kentucky, married Feb. 16, 1864, in Sangamon county, to Mary E. Furrow. She was born August 7, 1836, near Piqua, O. They live in Buffalo Hart township, Sangamon county, Illinois.
- MARY H., born Jan. 24, 1833, married Nov. 26, 1856, to Nathaniel F. Matthews. See his name.
- HARRISON, born June 2, 1835, in Bracken county, Ky., married in Sangamon county, Feb. 6, 1868, to Clarrissa M. Priest, who was born Oct. 20, 1846, in St. Lawrence county, N. Y. They had three children, two of whom died in infancy. ROBERT F. resides with his parents, one mile east of Buffalo Hart Station, Sangamon county, Illinois.
- OLIVER, born Dec. 27, 1837, in Sangamon county, married July 16, 1867, to Martha McDaniel. They have three living children, BERTHA MAY, GRACE LOU and JOSEPH A., and live in Buffalo Hart township, Sangamon county.
[Source: "History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois" By John Carroll Power, Sarah A. Harris Power, 1876]
One of the survivors of the War of 1812, was a young and industrious farmer in Bracken county, Kentucky, with a wife and two children, when the gallant Captain Butler, who afterwards fell at the capture of the British batteries at Fort Meigs, raised his flag and solicited the hardy Kentuckians of Bracken county to enroll themselves among the defenders of their country. John Wood was one of the number. He suffered all the privations to which the chivalric army of the Northwest was exposed during the disastrous campaign which resulted in the defeat of General Winchester at the River Raisin. By good fortune he escaped the tomahawk of the savage allies of Great Britain and was sent a prisoner of war to Quebec. He was next, with other American prisoners, dispatched in a transport to Plymouth, in England. From Plymouth, accompanied by a crowd of fellow-prisoners, he was about to be transferred to Dartmoor - that well-remembered scene of British cruelty - when he found an opportunity to elude his guard and make his escape. He wandered through the country, stealing through by-ways until he found himself at Bristol. Hunger compelled him to enter a grocery, the headquarters of a British press-gang. Here he was pressed, and despite his protestations that he was a citizen of the United States and a fugitive prisoner of war, he was hurried on board his Majesty's frigate Sea Horse, then the flag-ship of the celebrated Sir Peter Parker, and compelled to bear arms against his own countrymen. On board the Sea Horse were several Americans, who, like Wood, had fallen victims to the British system of impressment. They determined on desertion, and when lying in the port of St. John's they succeeded in securing a boat during an extremely dark night. They were instantly pursued, and obliged to desert this boat on the shore of New Brunswick and seek safety in the woods. After wandering about two days, exhausted with cold and hunger and fatigue, they were apprehended by a party of British soldiers and again transferred to the Sea Horse. The punishment that followed was inflicted with all that ingenious refinement of cruelty for which the British navy is so celebrated. The Sea Horse, attacked by the squadron under Admiral Cockburn, was shortly after ordered into the Chesapeake, and took an active part in robbing, burning and murdering the defenseless inhabitants of the coast. Mr. Wood and the other American prisoners were never permitted to leave the vessel. A few days after Sir Peter Parker met his fate, Mr. Wood, with seven impressed Americans, attempted to escape in broad daylight by jumping into a boat alongside and pulling rapidly for the shore. One of the number was shot by the sentinel on duty, the rest reached the beach, but were apprehended immediately. By order of Admiral Cockburn they were sent in irons to Nova Scotia, and after undergoing the formality of a mock trial were sentenced to be shot. This sentence was commuted to service for life in his Britannic Majesty's army in the East Indies. They were accordingly shipped to England and thence dispatched to Calcutta. For twenty-five years Mr. Wood served as a private soldier in the East India service, and when broken down in spirit and constitution, he was permitted to leave the army and sail for England. Destitute and heart-broken he reached London, stated his case to the United States consul and by him was furnished with the means of reaching New York, from thence wended his weary pilgrimage towards the home of his childhood. After, an absence of twenty-six years from his wife and children in Kentucky, and without hearing one word with reference to their situation, he arrived at Augusta, in Kentucky, the home of his youth. A thousand overpowering emotions rushed upon the old man's heart as he approached the spot that was once his home. The recognition and welcome must be left to the imagination of the reader. ["HISTORY OF MONROE COUNTY MICHIGAN", By Talcott E. Wing, Editor. ; New York: Munsell & Company, Publishers. 1890]
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