HISTORY OF TRIGG COUNTY
CHAPTER I. - II - III - IV - V - VI - VII - VIII - IX - X -XI - XII
WALLONIA AND PRECINCT
Cadiz Precinct - Canton Precinct - Ferguson Springs - Laura Furnace - Linton - Roaring Springs - Golden Pond - Rock Castle
WALLONIA PRECINCTRICHARD BLANKS was born September 10, 1818, in Mecklenburg County, Va. He 18 a son of James and Sallie Blanks. The father was born in the same county and State January 15, 1769; he died July 10, 1852, at the mature age of eighty-three years, five months and twenty-five days. The mother was born in Mecklenburg County, Vs.; she died July 5, 1859, aged eighty-five years, three months and eight days. In 1885 the family came to Trigg County; they settled on the farm now owned by subject; it consists of 156 acres of land; he also owns forty-eight and one-half acres on the Muddy Fork. Mr. Blanks was married on November 13, 1851, to Lucy Falkner. She was born in Trigg County. This marriage has been blessed with two daughters.
JOHN M. BOYD was born April 2, 1846, in Trigg County. He is the eldest of a family of nine children born to William and Harriet (Gray) Boyd. The father was born in Halifax County, Vs.; he died November 18, 1877, aged sixty-three. The mother was born in 1826, in Tennessee, and is now living in this precinct. John M., in 1869, secured a position as clerk in a warehouse at Canton, where he remained about one year. He then bought an interest in a saw-mill in Canton, and operated it about four years; after which, a grist-mill was attached and run about three years. He then engaged in merchandising about four years. In September, 1882, he removed to his present locality, having built a grist-mill that fall at a cost of about $6,000. Mr. Boyd was married, in 1871, to Miss Marion Hopson, of Trigg County. This union has been blessed with two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Boyd are members of the Baptist Church.
GEORGE W. BOYD was born in Christian County on August 3, 1846, and is a son of John W. and Polly (Anderson) Boyd. The father was born in Halifax County, Va., in 1813; he died in Christian County in 1865. The mother was born in Christian County, and died in 1854. Our subject at the age of nineteen secured employment in the County Clerk's office, also in the Circuit Clerk's office, and later engaged in school teaching; the latter position he held about ten years. He then engaged in farming, which he still continues. He owns a farm of 200 acres, located about one and a half miles southwest of Wallonia. Mr. Boyd was married in 1871 to Virginia Wall. This lady was born in this county. Their union has been blessed with one son-Walter S. Mr. Boyd is a member of the Christian Church.
ED. BRANDON, firm of Brandon Brothers, proprietors of saw-mill, and merchants, was born January 10, 1842, in Trigg County. He is the fifth child of a family of seven born to John L. and Eliza A. (Howell) Brandon; the former was born October 22, 1810, in Halifax County, Va. At about the age of seventeen, he came with his parents to Trigg County, and is now living with his sons. Mrs. Eliza A. Brandon was born in North Carolina in 1809. She died in May, 1874. Our subject was brought up on his father's farm; he followed farming till March, 1883, when he engaged in his present business. In the spring of 1879, he was appointed County Surveyor, and in August, 1879, he was elected to this office to fill an unexpired term, and again re-elected in 1883. He, with his brother, in 1879, bought what was known as the Larkin's sawmill and which they have since operated. Mr. Brandon was married, June 4, 1863, to Louisa A. Larkins. She was born in Trigg County and is a daughter of William Larkins who died September, 1875, aged seventy-six.
L. S. DUNNING was born on the Muddy Fork of Little River, Trigg County, Ky., December 25, 1839, and is the ninth child of a family of thirteen born to Levi and Jeanette M. (Carney) Dunning. This family are of English origin; they immigrated to North Carolina at an early day. Shadrach Dunning, the great-grandfather of our subject came to Kentucky. He settled in what is now Trigg County, as early as 1803, and selected for his home a tract of land lying on the Muddy Fork of Little River, where he followed the vocation of a farmer until the time of his death. After coming to this county his descendants became scattered, part of them going to Missouri and part to Texas. The father of subject was born in Bertie County, N. C., October 3, 1797, and died in Trigg County, April 16, 1853. The mother was born in the same county and State, on the 24th of November, 1803, and died in Trigg County on her farm April 3, 1877. In many respects Mrs. Dunning was a very remarkable woman. Left in moderate circumstances at the death of her husband, she, by close application to business, succeeded in a few years in acquiring a competency; confining her attention to agricultural pursuits, she increased the original homestead from about 600 or 800 acres to over 1,500 acres, and was considered the most successful woman in the county. Mr. L. S. Dunning enlisted in 1862, in Company B, Eighth Kentucky Regiment, Confederate Army, and served till May, 1865; he participated in the siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Guntown and in the charge on Paducah, where Col. Thompson lost his life, and served in other engagements. At the close of the war he returned to his mother's farm, where he remained several years. In 1871 he removed to his present farm, which at that time contained 120 acres; this he has increased to over 600 acres and is one of the best improved farms in the neighborhood, and speaks well for his success as an agriculturist. Mr. Dunning was married in 1871 to Miss Henrie, daughter of the late Dr. L. D. Shelton, of Christian County. They have a family of four children-three sons and one daughter.
JAMES H. GLOVER was born August 19, 1847, in Appomattox County, Va. He is a son of A. P. and Mary (Dickerson) Glover, also natives of Virginia. The father of subject owned a farm of 452 acres in Virginia; this he disposed of, and in 1869 removed to Christian County, where he now resides. Our subject came to this farm in 1881, having purchased it from W. W. Carney. It consists of 240 acres; he formerly owned a farm in Caldwell County where he resided about twelve years. He was married in 1872 to Miss Sallie E. Terry; she was born in Hall. fax County, Va. This marriage has been blessed with five children, three sons and two daughters.
W. J. GRAY was born July 29, 1839, in Caldwell County, Ky. He is a son of Nathan and Lydia (Green) Gray. The father was born in Caldwell County; he died in 1867, aged fifty-four. The mother was born in the same county and State; she died in 1857, aged thirty-eight. Our subject came to this farm in 1872 ; it consists of 207 acres of land. Mr. Gray was married March 16, 1862, to Martha E. Kanedy. She was born on this farm. Their union has been blessed with seven children- three eons and four daughters. Mr. Gray is a life-long and devoted member of the Baptist Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and Chosen Friends.
W. C. HAYDON was born April 12, 1826, in Trigg County. He is a son of Dr. William C. Haydon who was born in 1782 in Virginia, and was brought with his parents to Clark County, Ky., when quite young; there he grew to manhood; he then attended the Philadelphia Medical College, and graduated from that school of learning. On his return to Clark County, he engaged in the practice of his profession. He married in Mt. Sterling, Ky. Soon after moved to Princeton ; while practicing he secured the contract and built the first courthouse erected in Princeton. After a residence of a few years there, he removed to Trigg County, where he engaged in the practice of his profession till death. He also engaged in agricultural pursuits. He had served as magistrate several years, and held the office of Sheriff two years. The Doctor was usually called upon to prepare deeds, mortgages and other legal instruments, and was recognized as one of the leading men of this locality. Our subject now owns and occupies the homestead where he was born, consisting of 420 acres. He was married in January, 1855, to Miss Eliza A. Robertson. She was born in Virginia. Nine children have blessed this union -three sons and six daughters.
DR. W. A. LINDSEY was born at Lindsey's Mills, Trigg County, March 24, 1857; he is the son of James A. and Mary B. (Garnett) Lindsey. The father was born in 1833, also at these mills, which had been erected by his father, S. S. Lindsey, at an early day. James A. died in 1860, aged twenty-seven years; he had opened a store at the mills, where he was engaged in merchandising at the time of his death. The mother was born in 1838, on Little River, in this county, and now lives with her son in Wallonia. At the age of twenty-three, subject took up the study of medicine, under the preceptorship of Dr. 3. W. Crenshaw, of Cadiz. In 1881 be attended the Louisville Medical College; he graduated from this school of learning in the class of 1883; be then went to Roaring Springs, where he practiced a short time. In May, 1883, he located at Wallonia, where he is now actively engaged in the practice of his profession. The Doctor is a member of the Trigg County Medical Society. W. J. MOORE was born in Mecklenburg County, Va., August 24, 1835. He is the third child of a family of six born to Henderson and Margaret (Owen) Moore. The former was born September 6, 1806, in Mecklenburg County, Va.; he died in 1878, in Trigg County. The latter was born in the same locality, January 6, 1807, and is now living in this county with her son, James H. Moore. Our subject was reared on his father's farm; at the age of twenty he secured employment as clerk in a store; he continued in this capacity till 1875, when he established himself in business; he continued merchandising till March 1,1883, at which time he retired, and is now settling up his book and other accounts. DR. A. G. P'POOL was born February 27, 1849, in Mecklenburg County, Va. He is a son of Dr. E. F. and Sarah (Gregory) P'Pool. The father was born November 6, 1814, in the same county. He there followed the medical profession, and was also a planter till 1857, when he removed to Nashville, and engaged in the publishing of the Tennessee Baptist, and later attended the Nashville Medical College, from which he graduated in 1861 or 1862. He then resumed the practice of medicine, and continued this profession till his death, which occurred in May, 1880. The mother was born in 1820, and now lives in Nashville, Tenn. Our subject in 1868 commenced the study of medicine, under the preceptorship of his brother, Dr. E. S. P'Pool, after which he attended the Louisville Medical College. He graduated from the University of Nashville in the class of 1872, and at once commenced the practice of his profession at Nashville, and in the fall of 1872 removed to Caldwell County, where he continued his practice till 1877 ; he then came to Wallonia. Here he remained till 1880, when he returned to Nashville, Tenn., on account of the death of his father. In Nashville he practiced but a short time, and again returned to Wallonia, where he has since been actively engaged at his profession. He now occupies the premises formerly owned by his brother. He was married in 1874 to Susan M., daughter of E. M. Wood, of Caldwell County. Five children bless this union-three eons and two daughters. The Doctor is a member of the Trigg County Medical Society. Was Vice-President of this body in 1883.
ROBERT WADE was born December 29, 1824, in Montgomery County, Tenn. He is the seventh child of a family of twelve born to Peter and Elizabeth (Wortham) Wade. The former was born in Halifax County, Va.; he died in October, 1860, aged seventy-two. The mother was born in the same county and State in 1796; she died in 1866. Our subject was brought to this county with his parents in 1832. He assisted on their farm till the age of twenty-one, since which time he has been carrying on business on his own account. He lived on a rented farm from 1860 to 1863, and then bought his present farm, which consists of 216k acres. Mr. Wade was married in September, 1861, to Miss Nancy J. Brandon. She was born in Trigg County. They have four children -three sons and one daughter. They lost William Lee September 1, 1883, aged seventeen. Lucy Jane died in 1881. Mr. Wade is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and a life-long and devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.
ABITHAL WALLACE was born March 18, 1839, in Stewart County, Tenn. He is the eldest child of a family of ten born to James Wallace and Martha Whitehurst; the former was born in 1815, in Stewart County, Tenn. He died in 1880, aged sixty-three. The latter is the daughter of Joshua Whitehurst, who was born in Martin County, N. C., in 1776, and now a resident of Stewart County, Tenn., where he is enjoying a reasonable degree of health, at the advanced age of one hundred and eight years. Our subject came with his parents to Trigg County, in 1855. He assisted on their farm till the age of twenty-one, since which time he has been engaged at contracting and building. In 1860, he built a residence in Cadiz, now occupied by W. C. White. He owns a store room in Wallonia, and other property in the village. He in company with Maj. Bingham built several bridges in this county. From 1876 to 1882 he was engaged in merchandising in Wallonia. He now has an interest in a drug store in Princeton, Ky. Mr. Wallace enlisted in 1862, Company D, Col. Woodard's Second Regiment of Cavalry; served about nine months, after which the regiment was disbanded near Columbia, Tenn. He was married February 7, 1861, to Mary D. Cameron. She was born in this county; two sons bless this union- Alexander and James D. Wallace.
E. E. WASH was born April 3, 1843, in Simpson County, Ky. He is a son of W. 0. and Frances B. (Goodlette) Wash. The former was born in ISOS, in Kentucky; he died November 21, 1880. The latter was also born in Kentucky. She died January 17, 1876, in Wallonia, aged sixty-one. Our subject was brought to Trigg County with his parents when young, and on attaining his majority, engaged in agricultural pursuits on his own account. In 1876 lie came to his present farm, consisting then of 125 acres. He has since added to these possessions as his circumstances would admit, and now owns about 400 acres, and is considered one of the best farmers in the precinct. Mr. Wash was married May 2, 1877, to Miss Nannie Boyd, daughter of William Boyd. This union has been blessed with two children.
J. R. WATKINS was born in Trigg County June 1, 1828; he is the eldest of a family of fifteen children born to H. B. and Diana F. (Wade) Watkins. The father was born November 1, 1806, in Montgomery County, Tenn.; he died November 27, 1874. The mother was born in Halifax County, Va., November 27, 1807; she died April 2, 1868. They immigrated to Trigg County in December, 1827. Our subject was reared on his father's farm, and from 1850 to 1870 he held the position of overseer; he then bought a farm, which he has since improved and where he now resides. He owns in all 380 acres. Mr. Watkins was married, in 1873, to Miss Mildred Husk. She was born in Trigg County.
S. M. WATKINS was born December 11, 1848, in Christian County; he is a son of Samuel M. and Sarah (Hawkins) Watkins; the former was born in Tennessee, and died in August, 1873, aged fifty-six; the latter was born in Christian County in 1821. Our subject after arriving at manhood removed to the Purchase, where he remained one year; he then came to Trigg County and worked for his uncle, Hezekiah T. Watkins, from 1870 to 1874, when he was married to Susan A., daughter of S. J. Watkins He then lived on his father-in-law's farm one year, and then returned to his uncle's farm, where he worked two years. In the fall of 1877 he came to his present farm, consisting of 100 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins have four bright children-three sons and one daughter. The parents are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.*- County of Trigg Kentucky , HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL - EDITED BY WILLIAM HENRY PERRIN - ILLUSTRATED. - F.A. BATTEY PUBLISHING CO. 1884.
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