Adair County Biographies

Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887, Adair County. <a name="THOMAS H. CURD, M.D.">THOMAS H. CURD, M.D.</a>, was born in Murray, Calloway Co., Ky., on January 3, 1849, and is the third in a family of eight children born to James H. and Elizabeth L. (Frazer) Curd, the former a native of Wadesboro, Calloway County, and the latter of Columbia, Adair County. They are of Irish and Scotch-Irish descent respectively. James H. Curd was married in Adair County and immediately returned to Calloway, where he followed tailoring until about 1861, with the exception of a few years he engaged in merchandising at Murray. During a part of the time he was also engaged in agricultural pursuits in connection with his other business, on a farm of 360 acres, which he inherited from his father and still owns. For several years also he was a jailer of Calloway County. In 1872 he moved to Adair County, where he bought another farm of 140 acres, one mile north of Columbia on the Campbellsville pike, upon which he now resides and is successfully cultivating. He belongs to no church or secret order, but Mrs. Curd has been from early life a devout member of the Old School Presbyterian Church. Dr. Curd received a good classical and scientific education in the schools of his native county and at the Columbia College. For the first two years after attaining his majority he was employed on the home farm, after which he was engaged as salesman in a drug store at Columbia for another two years. He was then elected marshal of the town of Columbia, and held that position for something over a year. He then commenced the study of medicine under the preceptorship of Dr. Melvin Rhoel, of Columbia, and in 1877 commenced his medical course at the medical department of the University of Louisville, graduating with distinguished honors in the spring of 1879. He has since practiced with success at Columbia, with the exception of fourteen months, when he was located at Camp Knox, Green County. Dr. Curd married December 17, 1884, Miss Mattie, daughter of William Moses, of Louisville, where she was born in 1680. The Doctor is a member of the Old School Presbyterian Church, and his wife of the Missionary Baptist Church; he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a Democrat. Curd Frazer Rhoel Moses = Jefferson-KY Green-KY Calloway-KY

Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887, Adair County.<a name="JAMES N. DAVIS"> JAMES N. DAVIS</a> was born January 20, 1807, in Hanover County, Va. His father, Peter Davis, was also a native of Hanover County and a life-long farmer and slaveholder. He brought his family to Kentucky in 1817, and settled on and owned about 230 acres on Butler's Creek, Adair County, where he farmed until the spring of 1821, when he died in the seventy-fifth year of his age. He had been a soldier in the army of Gen. Washington. He married Elizabeth, a daughter of Robin Page, who owned a large plantation, which he cultivated with slave labor in his native county of Albemarle, Va. The names of the children born to Peter and Elizabeth Davis were Polly (wife of John Breeding), Jenny (Snead), Judith (Walker), Elizabeth, (Schuyler), John, Patsy (Callison), Lucy (Lage), Rebecca (Banks), Nancy (Browning) and James N., the only living one of the family. Mrs. Davis died about the same time her husband did, and was in the sixty-sixth year of her age, a member of the Methodist Church. John Davis, grandfather of James N. Davis, was also a Virginian; he was a man of considerable wealth, a slave owner and a farmer. The life of James N. Davis has been spent in farming. In October, 1829, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of John and Frances Holman, of Virginia. The marriage was blessed with two children: Frances Henry Edrington and Elizabeth James, who died in childhood. Mrs. Davis in life was a member of the Baptist Church, first of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and died in 1844, in the thirty-sixth year of her age. Mr. Davis was next married, in 1847, to Miss Jane, daughter of Alexander and Nancy (Foster) McClure, natives of Virginia. Mr. Davis is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, while Mrs. Davis is a member of the Christian CHurch. The first farm owned by Mr. Davis was on Green River, and contained 112 acres. There he lived during the years 1850 and 1851, prior to which time he had rented and made many moves. In 1851 he purchased the farm of 112 acres on which he now lives, two miles from Cane Valley, Adair County. This is a fertile tract and is in a fair state of cultivation and improvement. Mr. Davis began life with no inheritance but a strong constitution and willing hands, and by his own industry has accumulated all that he possesses. Davis Page Breeding Snead Walker Schuyler Callison Lage Banks Browning Holman Foster McClure = Hanover-VA Albemarle-VA

Text from Scott, Laurence W. (editor), Texas Pulpit by Christian Preachers. St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company, 1888. Pages 391-393. This online edition © 1996, James L. McMillan. Used by permission. Adair County. <a name="E. L. DOHONEY">E. L. DOHONEY</a>, though not a preacher, is an elder in the church at Paris, and I thought it appropriate to have the Lord's Supper discussed by an elder; and by inviting Brother Dohoney forward, I think I &quot;builded better than I knew.&quot; This distinguished gentleman, to whose name the papers generally prefix the title &quot;Hon.,&quot;was born in Adair county, Ky., Oct. 13th, 1832. He worked on a farm till 19 years of age. He then spent five years in teaching school, attending college, and studying law. He graduated in the law department of Louisville University in 1857, and soon afterward began the practice of law in Columbia, Ky. He came to Texas in 1859, and located at Paris. He gave strict attention to the law and real estate business, and was appointed district attorney of the 8th judicial district. In 1869 he was elected to the State senate, and served four years. He was also elected a member of the Constitutional Convention in 1875. In 1871 he founded the North Texan, and conducted it four years. He was the first Texas editor to refuse to publish saloon advertisements in a secular paper. He has ever been an earnest advocate of temperance, and a zealous worker in the prohibition movement. He is the author of the constitutional provision under which the local option law was passed in 1876. While in the senate, he introduced several temperance bills, but did not confine his attention to that subject. He is the author of the homestead act, which passed in 1870, securing to every actual settler a home of 160 acres. He is also the author of the public school system enacted in 1873. In 1882 he was an independent candidate for Congress in the 4th district, carried one county, and received a good vote in the others. Later, he was the prohibition candidate for governor, and has often been mentioned in connection with the presidential nomination of the third party. Bro. Dohoney, however, has about come to the conclusion that the reforms for which he has labored so long and so ardently cannot be effected through political parties, and shares with the writer the conviction that social, religious and national wrongs can only be righted by the personal appearing and reign of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is a great reader, and an independent thinker on all subjects, and is the author of a very original and interesting work of some 350 pages, entitled, &quot;Man: his origin, nature, and destiny.&quot; As an elder in the Paris congregation, Bro. Dohoney takes great interest in church and Sunday-school work, and has in Elder W. H. Sluder a very efficient co-laborer. Dohoney Sluder = TX Louisville-Jefferson-KY

Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887, Adair County. <a name="JACOB DULWORTH">JACOB DULWORTH</a>, a native of Cumberland County, was born February 6, 1835. His father, James Dulworth, was born near Knoxville, and was a farmer in fair circumstances. He began the battle of life without a dollar, and when in his twenty-fifth year married Miss Elizabeth Gwinn Spears, a daughter of Benjamin and Naomi (Crabtree) Spears, the former of the Old Dominion, the latter of Kentucky. Benjamin Spears was the son of John Spears, a Revolutionary soldier. To James Dulworth and his wife were born six children: Benjamin, Jacob, Mathias, John, Abraham and Nancy M., wife of James R. Coe. John and Benjamin are now dead. Mathias Dulworth served as a private in the Fifth Kentucky Federal Cavalry, but on account of his health was not able to serve out his term of enlistment. James Dulworth was brought to Cumberland County by his parents. He owned about 600 acres of fine land in the southern part of the county worth about $6,000, and he gave his estate, with the exception of 200 acres, to his children. Mrs. Dulworth, who was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, departed this life in 1878, about sixty years of age. Mr. Dulworth afterward was married to Miss Ibby Williams, daughter of Richard and Elizabeth (Spears) Williams, natives of Cumberland County, Ky. Mr. and Mrs. Dulworth, both of whom are members of the Christian Church, still live at their home in Cumberland County, Ky. John Dulworth, grandfather of Jacob Dulworth, had emigrated from Germany to the United States, and settled in Tennessee, where he was a farmer. Benjamin Spears, maternal grandfather of Jacob Dulworth, was a native of the Old Dominion, and for sixty years he was a strict and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Before his death he divided his estate, which was small, consisting of 200 acres of land and $1,000 in cash, among his three children, two of whom were daughters, and several years before his death lived with Jacob Dulworth. In youth Mr. Dulworth acquired a moderate English education in the common schools of his neighborhood, and remained at home working for his father until twenty-four years of age. He then, in 1858, emigrated to California, but after working unsuccessfully nearly two years, both in California and Vancouver's Island, returned home in 1859, and went into brandy distilling. Prior to emigrating he owned and ran three whiskey distilleries. He quit distilling in 1860 and turned his attention to farming entirely. The first farm Mr. Dulworth owned was in Overton County, Tenn., and it consisted of 180 acres, and was worth $2,500. In 1870 he removed to Adair County, and purchased 200 acres of fine land on Green River, where he has since resided. November 6, 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Hannah, daughter of Burrell and Jane (Smith) Willis, natives of Overton County, Tenn. Burrell Willis was a farmer, and the father of ten children, only two of whom were sons, John and Charles Willis. John Willis was a veteran of the Mexican war, and served as private in Gen. Scott's army. Charles Willis was a private in the Fifth Kentucky Cavalry, Federal Volunteer service, and served until his death in 1863. To Mr. and Mrs. Dulworth have been born nine children: Martha, wife of George A. Fease; James A., Joseph M., Leslie, William B., Rufus M., Jane N., Marietta and Rosa Belle, all of whom are living. Mr. Dulworth is a member of the Masonic order, and of the Democratic party. He began life with $640 in 1856, and is now worth $12,000, which is all the result of his own industry. His farm comprises 576 acres of fine land on both sides of Green River, some of which is worth $100 per acre, and he has 200 acres of this tract in cultivation. He first lived in a log house, but five years ago erected a frame two-story residence. Mr. Dulworth does a great deal of trading and has been very successful in it--especially in tobacco and mule trading. He has bought 25,000 pounds of tobacco this year, and now has on hand thirty-two young mules, which he bought when colts, and will sell when two years old. Dulworth Spears Coe Williams Crabtree Smith Willis Fease = Cumberland-KY Overton-TN VA CA Germany

Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887, Adair County. <a name="JOHN C. DUNBAR">JOHN C. DUNBAR</a> was born in Clinton County, Ky., January 22, 1839, and is the third of eleven children born to Sydney S. and Letitia T. (Campbell) Dunbar, both of whom were born in what is now Russell, but was then a part of Cumberland County, Ky., and were of English and Scotch descent respectively. Sydney S. Dunbar was born March 8, 1808, and was a natural mathematician and splendid penman. In early manhood he taught school for several years, and also taught one term later in life. He also learned the tanner's trade and followed it for a time. He made his home with his mother until he was twenty-five or twenty-six years old, when he was married. Soon after he bought a farm on the Cumberland River, in Clinton County, Ky., upon which he remained until 1852, when he sold out and bought a farm near Columbia, in Adair County, upon which he has since resided. For many years he was a magistrate in Clinton County. He was from early life a member of the Christian Church. His father, Thomas Dunbar, was a veteran of the war of 1812, with the rank of colonel, commanding a regiment under Gen. Jackson at the battle of New Orleans. Afterward he was engaged in the struggle with Mexico for the independence of Texas, and was one of the only three persons who survived the terrible massacre of the Alamo, making good his escape only by his fleetness of foot. Mrs. Letitia T. (Campbell) Dunbar was born October 18, 1816, and departed this life July 14, 1862. Her father, John Campbell, was a native of Virginia, and was born in 1794. When but a child he came with his parents to what is now Russell County, Ky., where he remained engaged in agricultural pursuits all his life. John C. Dunbar remained with his parents on the old homestead until he was twenty-five years old, during which time he taught several terms of school. He and his brother, William P., then bought a farm together on the Green River, near Neatsville, in Adair County, upon which he remained until 1872, when he sold his interest in the place to his brother and bought the farm of 291 acres on Casey Creek, in the same county, upon which he has ever since resided, and where he is extensively and successfully engaged in farming and stock raising. He has also been for several years engaged to some extent in the live stock trade, mainly buying and selling mules. He was married, December 21, 1865, to Miss Mary J. Knifley, a native of Adair County, born October 18, 1845. Eight children have blessed their union, as follows: Mildred Volney, Joseph Sydney (deceased), Pinckney L., Cyrus W., Charles (deceased), Sarah L., Perry H. and Omeira T. Both Mr. Dunbar and wife are members of the Christian Church, she having been a member since her fifteenth year. He is also a bright member of the Masonic fraternity, and has been treasurer of his lodge. In politics he is a Democrat. Dunbar Campbell Knifley = Russell-KY Cumberland-KY Clinton-KY VA

Kentucky: A History of the State, Perrin, Battle, Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887, Adair County. <a name="DELOUVOIS L. EDRINGTON">DELOUVOIS L. EDRINGTON</a> was born in Adair County, June 11, 1844, the fourth of twelve children born to Benjamin and Emily (Settle) Edrington, natives of Adair County and of English descent. Benjamin Edrington was born February 27, 1812, and taught several years in the common schools. He married, at about the age of twenty-three years, and soon after bought a partially improved farm near Cane Valley, Adair County, on which he resided two or three years, when he sold out and bought a farm on the Green River, in the same county, near Wagoner's Bend. After a few years he sold this place also and bought another near Columbia, remaining until about 1841, when he left the place and removed to Livingston County, Mo., where he remained some two years and then removed to his farm in Adair County. Here he remained until 1850, when he sold the farm and went back to Livingston County, Mo., settling on a farm he had bought some years before, engaged in agricultural pursuits and, for two years, also in general merchandise until 1863, when he sold out and moved to Plymouth, Hancock County, Ill., where he engaged in merchandising for nearly two years. In 1865 he returned to Adair County, Ky., and bought a farm near Cane Valley, upon which he resided until his death, May 23, 1880. His father, Thomas Edrington, was born in South Carolina, March 2, 1778. When a young man he came to Adair County and settled near Wagoner's Bend, where he bought over 1,000 acres of wild land, improved a farm upon which he resided until his death, April 16, 1859. Mrs. Emily (Settle) Edrington was born September 1817, and died Aug 1, 1869. Her father, Benjamin Settle, was born in Virginia and was one of the pioneers of Adair County, Ky., owning a large farm of 2,000 acres on the Green River near Plum Point, upon which he resided until his death. Delouvois L. Edrington received a good common school and academic education in youth, including a thorough Latin course. In June, 1861, he enlisted in Company E. First Missouri Volunteer Infantry (Confederate), and served until February, 1862, when he was taken prisoner at Springfield, Mo., and was soon after paroled and returned home. He participated in the battles of Carthage, Mo.; Wilson's Creek, Mo.; Dry Wood and Lexington, Mo. After his return from the army he farmed one year and in April, 1863, started for California in company with some fifty or sixty emigrants who accomplished the entire journey across the plains with an ox team, arriving in California in September. &gt;From Sacramento he went to Virginia City, Nev., where he was engaged in mining for a short time; thence he went to Dayton, Nev., where he was employed as chemist for a quartz mining company for nearly one year and a half. He then went to San Francisco and from there returned to his father's home in Plymouth, Ill. In the fall of 1865 he went to St. Louis, Mo., where he took a regular commercial course. The next year he opened a general store at Cane Valley, where he remained two years longer. In 1870 he removed his stock to Rolla, where he continued the business for some five years. In 1875 he sold the stock and bought a farm of 140 acres on Casey Creek, on a part of which the village of Rolla has since been built. He has been successfully engaged in stock raising and farming, and for a time made the culture of tobacco a specialty, but has recently given more attention to fine stock and corn. For several years he was deputy county clerk of Adair County and is at present postmaster at Rolla. He was married, December 24, 1869, to Miss Sallie F. McWhorter, a native of Adair County, born January 28, 1850. Three children have blessed their union, as follows: Afton C., born September 18, 1870; Emma E., born August 25, 1872, and Albert B., born March 7, 1876. Mr. and Mrs. Edrington have been for many years members of the Christian Church, in which he as officiated as a deacon for many years. He is also a bright member of the Masonic fraternity, having been Worthy Master of his lodge for several years, and at present is secretary. Politically he is a Democrat. Edrington Settle McWhorter = Livingston-MO Hancock-IL SC CA NV MO

Nathan Gaither, (1788 - 1862)

GAITHER, Nathan, a Representative from Kentucky; born near Mocksville, Davie County, N.C., September 15, 1788; completed preparatory studies; attended Bardstown College; studied medicine; was graduated from Jefferson Medical College and began practice in Columbia, Ky.; served as assistant surgeon in the War of 1812; member of the State house of representatives 1815-1818; elected as a Jacksonian to the Twenty-first and Twenty-second Congresses (March 4, 1829-March 3, 1833); unsuccessful candidate for reelection 1832 to the Twenty-third Congress; delegate to the State constitutional convention in 1849; again a member of the State house of representatives 1855-1857; resumed the practice of medicine; died in Columbia, Ky., August 12, 1862; interment in Columbia Cemetery.


CENTENNIAL HISTORY OF WASHINGTON COUNTY, INDIANA, Its People, Industries and Institutions by Warder W. Stevens. With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families. Illustrated 1916, B. F. Bowen &amp; Company, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana. Adair County. <a name="SIMON GRIDER">SIMON GRIDER</a>. Among the well-known farmers and prominent citizens of Monroe township, Washington county, Indiana, is Simon Grider, who was born on May 2, 1843, in Adair county, Kentucky, the son of William and Mary (Bailey) Grider. William Grider was born in Kentucky, and farmed the greater part of his life in Adair county, later going to the state of Illinois, where he died. After the death of her husband, Mrs. Mary Grider returned to her former home in Adair county, Kentucky, and when her son, Simon, was sixteen years of age they came to Washington county, Indiana, in 1860, and settled on Buffalo creek. Mrs. Mary Grider returned to Kentucky in 1869, where she died in 1880. William and Mary Grider were the parents of four children, Elizabeth, Lockie, Archie and Simon. Simon Grider lived in Adair county, Kentucky, where he attended school until 1860, when he came to Washington county and engaged in farming in Monroe township for some time. In 1862 he enlisted in Company E, Fifth Indiana Cavalry, for service in the Civil War, serving until June, 1865. Simon Grider served with General Sherman as far as Jonesboro, and then was returned to Lexington, Kentucky, later going to Louisville, where after being given new clothing and equipment, he, with others, was sent to Pulaski, Tennessee, where they served on guard duty for the remainder of the war. After his military service Simon Grider returned to Washington county and rented a farm which he cultivated for some time and then bought eighty acres of land in Monroe township, where he now lives a retired life. During the year 1865 Simon Grider was married to Samiara Barnet, who was born in Jefferson township, Washington county, the daughter of Rudias and Nancy (Brandeman) Barnet. To the marriage of Simon and Samiara Grider were born the following children: Willia, who married Caddie Jackson, to whom were born three children all of whom are deceased, and after the death of his first wife, William married, secondly, Gertrude Jackson, and to them have been born five children, Edward, Elsie, Emmett, Florence and Emma, all living with their parents in the state of Washington; Ida, who married William D. Fleener, a farmer living near Brownstown, Indiana; Charles, a farmer of Monroe township, who married Mary Huckleberry and to whom have been born eight children, Herschel, Ralvey (or Belvey), Versal, Milburn, Ora, Elmira, Basil and another; Archie, a farmer of Monroe township, who married Dora Smith, and to whom have been born seven children, Lewis, Walter, Bertha, Roy, Ralph, Edna and Lawrence; Merle, who is deceased. Simon Grider is one of the highly respected men of Monroe township, his unselfish life and his public-spirited nature having won for him a host of friends both in Washington county, Indiana, and in the state of Washington, where he spends considerable time. In politics, Mr. Grider is an ardent Republican, although he has preferred to serve as a private citizen rather than an office holder. Grider Sherman Barnet Brandeman Jackson Fleener Huckleberry Smith = Washington-IN IL Lexington-Fayette-KY Louisville-Jefferson-KY TN WA

&quot;A HISTORY OF THE DAVIESS-McLEAN BAPTIST ASSOCIATION IN KENTUCKY, 1844-1943&quot; by Wendell H. Rone. Probably published in 1944 by Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 407-408. Used by permission. [Adair] <a name="ERNEST NAPOLEON PERRY, D.D.">ERNEST NAPOLEON PERRY, D.D.</a>: Pastor E. N. Perry was born in Simpson County, Kentucky, on April 4, 1900, and is the son of A. E. and Victoria Gamble Perry. As a youth he was converted in a small Presbyterian Church in Simpson County and later united with the Shady Grove Baptist Church in the same county and was baptized by Rev. W. J. Puckett. He grew up on a farm and followed that occupation for a time. He attended the common schools at hand and later graduated from Bethel College, Russellville, Kentucky. He also received the Th.G. Degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He was licensed to preach by his home Church and was ordained on April 28, 1918, with Elders W. J. Puckett, W. W. Pane, and V. B. Castleberry serving as the presbytery. Since that time he has served the following Churches: Pleasant Hill, Simpson County, 1917-1918; Lewisport, Kentucky, 1918-1922; Maceo, Daviess County, Kentucky, 1919-1921; Antioch and Hillsdale, in Tennessee. 1919-1921 and 1920- 1924 respectively; South Hampton, Daviess County, Kentucky, 1923- 1924; Hawesville, Kentucky, 1921-1923; Calhoun and Glenville, 1925- 1927; Buena Vista, Owensboro, Kentucky, 1926-1929; Lawrenceburg First, Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, 1929-1937; First Church, Carrollton, Kentucky, 1937-1943. He is now at Columbia, Ky. He served as Moderator of the Daviess-McLean Baptist Association in 1928 and 1929 and as a member of the State Mission Board in 1929-1932. From 1934 to 1935 he served as a member of the Social Service Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He served a second time on the State Mission Board in 1939-1940 being a member of the Executive Committee at the same time. Mrs. Perry was formerly Miss Mary Tichenor, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. E. Tichenor of Calhoun, Kentucky. They have one son. Their marriage took place on June 18, 1926. Brother Perry received the D.D. Degree from some institution a few years ago. His wife was a teacher in the Louisville Public Schools for some time prior to their marriage. She wrote a History of the W. M. U. of Kentucky some few years ago which was used extensively to promote State Missions. E. N. Perry is one of the most useful and outstanding pastors among Kentucky Baptists. Perry Gamble Puckett Pane Castleberry Tichenor = Simpson-KY Russellville-Logan-KY Louisville-Jefferson-KY Daviess-KY TN Hawsville-Hancock-KY Calhoun-McLean-KY Lawrenceburg-Anderson-KY Carrollton-Carroll-KY

A History of Kentucky Baptists, From 1769 to 1885, by J. H. Spencer, 1886, Rprinted by Church History and Archives, 1976, Lafayette, TN. Adair County. <a name="DANIEL SELF">DANIEL SELF</a> was an early preacher in Adair county. He was born in Culpeper co., Va., about 1785. Losing his father, in his infancy, he was carried to North Carolina, where he was raised up by a widowed mother. At the age of 15 years, he united with a Baptist church. He married and moved to Adair county, Ky., not far from 1810. He served as a soldier in the War of 1812-15. At the close of the war, he returned to his home in Kentucky, and some time afterwards, was liberated to preach. His education was very meager, indeed, but he now applied himself to improving it, so earnestly, that he finally acquired a fair stock of information, including some knowledge of the Greek and Latin languages. He is said to have been warm and zealous in prayer and exhortation, but dull and prosy in his attempts to elucidate a text. He did not acquire must preaching ability, and, it is believed, was never a pastor of a church; but he was regarded a good man, and he made a good impression on the people. About 1833 he moved to Logan county, where he died, in May, 1841. He was twice married, and raised fifteen children. John W. Self, his only son, by his second wife, is a very acceptable preacher, in Warren county. Self = Culpeper-VA NC Logan-KY Warren-KY

A History of Kentucky Baptists From 1769 to 1885, Including More Than 800 Biographical Sketches, J. H. Spencer, Manuscript Revised and Corrected by Mrs. Burilla B. Spencer, In Two Volumes. Printed For the Author. 1886. Republished By Church History Research &amp; Archives 1976 Lafayette, Tennessee. Vol. 2, p 204. [Adair County] <a name="HERBERT G. WAGGONER">HERBERT G. WAGGONER</a> was among the most efficient laborers within the bounds of Russells Creek Association, for a period of nearly 30 years. It is much regretted that so few particulars of his life and labors have been preserved. He was probably a native of Virginia, but of this the author is not certain. He settled in Adair county, and became a member of Zion Church (which he long served as pastor)as early as 1805. He was an active and prominent member of Russells Creek Association, and frequently served that body as Moderator. He was called to his reward, in 1834, the same year that thos other eminent soldiers of the cross, David Thurman, David L. Mansfield, David J. Kelley and James H. L. Moorman, went to join the general Assembly and Church of the first born. Waggoner Thurman Mansfield Kelley Moorman = VA

Adair Co. Used by Permission and Submitted by: Jerri J. Fryar Jeanne Wheat Mitchell 2009 Pine Bough 208 Skyline Dr. Rio Rancho, NM 87124 Campbellsville, KY 42718 505-891-1844 502-465-5429 <a name="ELISHA THOMAS WINFREY">ELISHA THOMAS WINFREY</a> was born on December 21, 1828, in Adair County, KY. Although his year of death is recorded as 1821 on his tombstone, census records, his marriage record, and the family Bible support a birth year of 1828. He was the son of Sims Alden Winfrey and Margaret Neat. Sims, the son of Philip Winfrey and Martha Northcult, was born November 15, 1795, in Kentucky. Sims married Margaret Neat in Adair County on September 5, 1820. Margaret, the daughter of Rudolph Neat and Maria Margaretha Frey, was born on December 24, 1801, in North Carolina. Sims and Margaret had 9 children: Emily Jane, Gennetta, Rudolph, Elisha, Margaret, Philip, Martha, Sarah, and S.R.(female). Elisha married Syrilda Caskie Gadberry on January 22, 1857, in Adair County. Syrilda, the daughter of William Gadberry and Esther Neat, was born in Adair County on April 22, 1832. William, whose parents are unknown, was probably born around 1795, in Virginia. William married Esther Neat on February 8, 1816, in Adair County, Kentucky. Esther, the daughter of Rudolph Neat and Maria Margaretha Frey, was born about 1790, in North Carolina. William and Esther had 7 children: James, Mary, Hester, Andrew, William, J., and Syrilda. Except for a brief time during the Civil War, Elisha and Syrilda lived and farmed in the Little Cake area of Adair County their entire lives. In the cabin they built near the Green River they raised their 8 children: Geriah Isabell (1858-1945), Castella Thomas(1859-1907), Laura T. (1863-1867/68), Margaret Susanna (1865-1943), Logan Thomas (1868-1926), William T. (1873-1875), Sims Alden (1870-1924), and Elisha Franklin (1875-1955). Geriah married Ocellous Lucanus Hardwick on February 23, 1880. Castella married John Richard Beard on January 31, 1883. Margaret married Benjamin Ernest Cook on August 6, 1894. Logan married Mattie J. White on June 5, 1889. Sims Alden married Sue Rigney on December 27,1902. Elisha Franklin married Elfir Taylor on October 12, 1899. On October 6, 1937, he married Rachel Hill. Elisha died on October 7, 1897. Syrilda died on March 4, 1900. Elisha and Syrilda are both buried in Tabernacle Cemetery, Neatsville, Adair County, Kentucky. Winfrey Neat Northcult Frey Gadberry Hardwick Beard Cook White Rigney Taylor Hill = NC VA


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10443: Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume V, Battle-Perrin-Kniffin, 4th ed., 1886. Adair Co. JAMES W. JONES, was born in Adair County, November 12, 1839, and is the eldest of seven children born to Philip A. and Elizabeth V. (Humphries) Jones, the former a native of Taylor and the latter of Adair Co., Ky. Both were of English descent. Phillip A. Jones was born in June, 1818, and received his ed! ucation at the primitive field schools of Kentucky frontier. When a young man he moved to Adair County, where he was afterward married, and has ever since been engaged in agricultural pursuits. He and wife are members of the church - he of the Christian and she of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. His father, Thomas Jones, was a native of Virginia, and was one of the early settlers and prominent farmers of Taylor County, Ky. Mrs. Elizabeth V. (Humphries) Jones was born February 14, 1810, and departed this life in September, 1878. Her father, James Humphries, was also a native of Virginia, but when only a lad he ran away from home and engaged himself to drive a team for a man who was moving to Kentucky. He drove this team all the way over the mountains and through a wilderness, infested on every hand by wild and ferocious beats, to Taylor County. Here he grew to manhood, was afterwards married, and settled on the Green River, in Adair Count! y. James W. Jones has been all his life engaged in agricultural pursuits, making for several years the culture of tobacco a specialty. October 12, 1861, he enlisted in Company C, Twenty-seventy Kentucky Volunteer Infantry (Federal service) and served with his regiment in all its marches and engagements until the close of the war, being mustered out at Louisville, Ky., in March, 1865. He participated in the battles of Stone River, Knoxville, Bean Station, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Lost Mountain, Altona, the battles around Atlanta
and many other lesser engagements. At Stone River he had two brothers and a brother-in-law killed, all of whom were near him in the action. He was married February 22, 1859, to Miss Susan A. Adams, a native of Taylor County, Ky., born October 20, 1843. She is a daughter of John and Eliza (Baley) Adams, both natives of Marion County, Ky., and of English descent. Eight children have blessed their union, viz.: Hezekiah B.,! Sarah E. (deceased), Geo. G., Eliza F., Susan M., Nancy E., John W. and James P. Both Mr. Jones and wife are members of the Christian Church. In politics he is a Republican, and is one of the respected citizens of the district and county. Mr. Jones' parents, Philip A. and Elizabeth V. (Humphries) Jones, were remarkably stout or heavy persons, each weighing over 300 pounds, and their joint weights aggregating 746 pounds.


Kentucky Genealogy and Biography Volume 1, Kentucky: A History of the State by Battle Perrin Kniffin, 3rd edition 1886. Adair County.

JOHN JEFFERSON EPPERSON, a son of William Epperson was born November 23, 1823.
William Epperson, a native of Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Va., was born about 1772. He was a house carpenter and a fine mechanic, also a millwright. He was married to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Francis Montgomery, who was a wealthy man and a slave owner in Virginia, and after he came to Kentucky, owned 2,000 acres of land in Adair County and many slaves. He was the father of three daughters and five sons, all of whom were in fine financial circumstances. In 1804 William Epperson came with his father-in-law to Adair County, Ky., and became the owner of 1,000 acres of land. He built a mill on Russell Creek in 1819 – to grind wheat and corn – which mill is still standing and being run regularly. He built a saw-mill also on Russell Creek in 1834. Although he owned a large body of land, he turned his entire attention to milling, having his farm cultivated by his sons and his slaves. His estate at his death, August 27, 1852, was worth $18,000, and his religious faith was first with the Baptist Church, afterward with the Christian Church. John Epperson, grandfather of John J Epperson, was also a Virginian, whose remains lie buried in Lincoln County, Ky., with those of his wife. His wife, whose death occurred February 24, 1842, in the sixty-second year of her age, was also first a Baptist and afterward a member of the Christian Church. The Epperson family are of English origin. John J. Epperson, a native of Adair County, worked for his father until nineteen years of age. December 22, 1842, he married Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel and Sarah (Hurt) Morris, the former a native of New Jersey, the latter of Virginia. He received a tract of 130 acres from his father, only a part of which was cleared, and on which there were no buildings. He now has 246 acres in the home farm, and owns 200 acres in two other tracts. His farm of 246 acres is a part of the limestone belt of the country, a very fertile tract, and is situated on Russell Creek. To Mr. and Mrs. Epperson have been born seven children: Patrick Henry, Mary Priscilla, wife of W. H. Ryan; Charles Francis, Thomas Jefferson,
 Sarah Elizabeth, wife of Junius B. Montgomery;
Virgil McKnight and Albert. Charles Francis Eperson was married to Miss Josephine Rowe, and they are the parents of two sons; Thomas J. Epperson is married to Miss Ann Mariah Rice, and they are the parents of two daughters; Mary P. Bryan lives in Prairie City, Iowa; the mother of two sons and a daughter – her oldest son is now dead; Sarah E. Montgomery lives in Adair County, the mother of one son; Patrick Henry Epperson enlisted in Company A, Third Kentucky Infantry, Federal service, in 1861, and after participating in one skirmish, took the measles at Lexington which so seriously injured his health that he was dismissed from the service in June, 1862, and received an honorable discharge. Although he had been a remarkably stout and robust young man before he entered the service, after he returned home, his health declined so rapidly, that his death occurred August 31, 1862, after an illness of six weeks, of consumption, the result of measles. He was born March 27, 1844. J. J. Epperson has been, since the war, Democratic in politics, but before that event was a Whig.
Biographies: Adair County KY  John Jefferson EPPERSON  born 23-Nov-1823
Submitted By: Sandi Gorin
Submission Date: 04-Jan-2005
Source: “Kentucky Genealogy and Biography”, Volume 1, Kentucky:
  A History of the State, by Battle - Perrin - Kniffin, 3rd edition 1886