Kentucky: A History of the State
Perrin, Battle & Kniffin 2nd ed., 1885, Hopkins Co.
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JO. F. FOARD was born in Halifax County, Va., May 19, 1836, and is the third child in a family of seven children born to Robert and Jane W. (Hewell) Foard, a sketch of whom will be found on page 770. Our subject received a good classical education in early life, and was employed on his father's farm, and in attending school, until he was seventeen years old. He then commenced the study of medicine under Dr. J. H. Caldwell, then of Christian County, Ky., but now of Waco, Tex., and attended the Kentucky School of Medicine in 1855-56. In the latter part of that year he went as a clerk to the Bank of America at Rogersville, Hawkins Co., Tenn., and in 1857 was made cashier of that institution. In 1859 he went into the mercantile business (boots and shoes) at Leavenworth City, Kas., then a Territory. He was married to Cornelia M. Young, daughter of John Young, of Hawkins County, Tenn., in November, 1860. He raised a company of Confederate soldiers in Hawkins County, and was elected captain in 1861. He served throughout the entire war in the capacity of captain in line and quartermaster, and was surrendered and paroled at Washington, Ga. He came back to Christian County, Ky., in 1866, and engaged in farming there, acting also as sheriff in that county until 1873, when he organized the Hecla Coal & Mining Company in Hopkins County, Ky.; he was elected secretary and treasurer of that company, and has remained in that capacity ever since. In 1882 he removed to Nashville, Tenn., where he now resides. He has four children - three daughters and one son. One daughter, now married, resides in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Mr. Foard is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
WYATT L. FOARD, Hopkins County, was born in Halifax County, Va., July 13, 1833, and is the eldest of seven children born to Robert and Jane W. (Hewell) Foard, both of whom were natives of the "Old Dominion," and of English and Welsh descent, respectively. Robert Foard was married in his native State, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1836. He then moved to Trigg County, Ky., and the following year to Christian County, Ky., where he purchased a farm and was engaged in farming until his death in March, 1870, in his sixty-eighth year. Both he and wife were from early life devoted members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity. Wyatt L. received a good common school education, and was employed on his fatherís farm until he attained his majority. In 1860 he removed to McCracken County, Ky., where he engaged in agricultural pursuits for some thirteen years. In 1873 he came to Hopkins County, Ky., and assisted in the orgaization (sic) of the Hecla Coal & Mining Company, of which he is one of the principal stockholders. He also assisted in opening the mine and is now, and has been from the start, weighmaster of the same. Mr. Foard is as yet unmarried. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. In politics is a Democrat.
MRS. JANE M. (COLEMAN) FOX, Hopkins County, was born in Logan County, Ky., July 14, 1819, and is a daughter of Archibald and Elizabeth D. (Moreman) Coleman. Our subject was married, October 3, 1847, to Mr. William M. Fox, who was born in Hopkins County, Ky., September 22, 1814. His father was one of the early settlers of Hopkins County, where be was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred while William M. Fox was quite young; the latter then made his home with his paternal grandparents until he attained his majority. Mr. Fox early made two trips down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans with flat-boats loaded with provisions and live-stock. Afterward he was-employed as a blacksmith on a steamboat for one year, and on a tobacco-boat for two years. Still later he was engaged in getting out wood for boats near New Orleans for some three or four years.. He then returned to his farm, and remained until the winter of 1847. He then made the third trip down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans with a flatboat loaded with stock, and returned in the spring of 1847. After his marriage he bought a farm near White Plains, Hopkins County, upon which his widow still resides. Here he was engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising until his death, which occurred August 23, 1883. Our subject is, and has been since she was seventeen years old, a devoted member of the Missionary Baptist Church. She became the mother of six children, five of whom - two sons and three daughters - are yet living. Both, sons, Andrew J. and Archibald D., are yet unmarried, and reside with her on the old homestead. The former was born March 6, 1859, and the latter November 9, 1860. Andrew J. received an excellent English education at the common schools and academies of the country, and has been engaged in teaching for the past six years. Archibald D. also received a good education and has taught two terms of school. In politics they are both Democrats, and are among the enterprising young business men and farmers of the district.
B. B. FROST, Hopkins County, was born in Montgomery County, Tenn., October 10, 1828. He is a son of Isham and Mary W. (she was an Allen before marriage) Frost both natives of the same State and county. The father died in 1868 in Madisonville, aged sixty-three. The mother died 1876, aged seventy. The family came to Madisonville in 1840, and here our subject, at the age of fifteen, entered as clerk in the dry goods store of Frost & Lyon, where he remained about four years, after which he, with his father, sold goods about two years; he then worked at the carriage-making and carpenter trade from 1850 until 1863; he was then appointed assistant United States assessor in the territory embracing the counties of Hopkins, Henderson, Muhlenburgh and Webster; he held this office under the administrations of Lincoln and Johnson (except about six months) and Grant's till 1873, when the statute expired; he then acted one year as deputy collector. In September. 1874, he was appointed postmaster at Madisonville, which office he has since acceptably filled. In July, 1883, this became a third. class office. Mr. Frost was married in 1851 to Mary H. Porter, of Hopkins County; this union has been blessed with four children, of whom only one is now living - Mary A., now wife of James T. Alexander, merchant of Madisonville. Mr. and Mrs. Frost are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.