Kentucky: A History of the State
Perrin, Battle & Kniffin 2nd ed., 1885, Hopkins Co.
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HON. RICHARD J. KEY was born in Ballard County, Ky., October 3, 1825, and is a son of Jefferson and Drucilla (Baley) Key, both natives of the "Old Dominion," and of English descent,. Jefferson Key at the age eighteen or nineteen years, came with his parents to Henderson County Ky., and soon afterward to Hopkins County, Ky., where he was married, and where he opened a general store on the Madisonville and Henderson road, about eleven miles from the former place. He remained there for a short time, then moved to the Purchase District, where he followed merchandising and shipping salt until his death in 1827, in his thirty-fifth year. He and his wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Richard J. was employed on his mother's farm until he attained his majority, when he came to Hopkins County Ky. and bought 200 acres of wild land near Nebo, where he improved a farm and has since been extensively engaged in stock raising. In 1881-82 be represented Hopkins County in the lower house of the Kentucky legislature. He was married November 24, 1847, to Miss Rebecca W. Puryear, a native of Mecklenburgh County, Va. To them have been born eleven children, four of whom, all daughters, are living. Mr. Key is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and Mrs. Key of the Christian Church. In politics Mr. Key is identified with the national Greenback party.
R. P. KILLICK, druggist, was born in Centerville, Hickman Co., Tenn., on July 3, 1863. He is a son of Dr. A. C. Killick and Martha P. Griner. His father A. C. Kililick is a son of George H. Killick (one of Gen. Marion's fifteen-year-old soldiers of the Revolution) and Mary Dezelle. He was born in 1830 and moved with his parents and two brothers and a sister, George W., Thomas J. and Jane C. Killick, in 1836 to near Centerville, Hickman County, were(sic.) he resided until of age, when he attended medical lectures at the university, Nashville, Tenn., and graduated under Drs. Paul F. Eve., W. T. Briggs, J. B. Lindsley and others, in 1853, when he returned to his former home, and followed his profession in Hickman and adjoining counties until his death in 1866, at the age of thirty-six. R. P. Killick at the age of fourteen came to Madisonville and worked at the printer's trade about eighteen months, also about seven months at the marble business. In 1880 he secured employment with C. H. Murphey in the drug business. He continued in this employ until January, 1884, when he established his present business.
FRANCIS M. KIRKWOOD was born in Hopkins County, Ky., December 10, 1827, and is a son of Hugh, Jr. and Mary
(Henson) Kirkwood, natives of Hopkins County, Ky., and of English descent. Hugh Kirkwood, Jr., was reared a farmer, and
at his majority bought a partially improved farm in Charlestown District, and also erected a horse-power grist-mill. There he
was engaged in farming and milling for many years. In about 1847 he sold his place and bought wild land in Kitchen Precinct,
where he subsequently improved a farm, upon which he resided until his death, which occured in 1867, in his seventy-first year.
He and wife were devoted members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and he was also a member of the Masonic fraternity.
Francis M. Kirkwood was employed on his father's farm until he was twenty years old. He then bought a partially improved
farm in Dalton District, Hopkins County, on which he still resides, and where he has since been extensively and successfully
engaged in agricultural pursuits and stock raising. He has probably raised more stock than any other man in Dalton Precinct.
For the past fifteen years he has also been extensively engaged in the tobacco trade. He was married March 16, 1848, to Miss
Misaniah Potts, a native of Green County, S. C., and of English parentage. Nine children were the fruit of this union, seven of
whom, five sons and two daughters, are yet living. Mr. Kirkwood is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics he is a Democrat.
JAMES W. KIRKWOOD was born January 29, 1823. in Hopkins County, Ky. He is a son of Hugh Kirkwood, Jr.. and Polly (Henson) Kirkwood. The father was born in Kentucky in 1800, and died in 1868. The mother was born in North Carolina and is now living, in Hopkins County. James W. was reared on his father's farm, and at the age of twenty-one commenced farming on 175 acres of land, part of which was paid for by his father. He has continued to increase these acres from time to time, as his means would allow, and now owns from 1,200 to 1,400 acres, all of which he has acquired by constant attention to business and judicious management. He is largely engaged in raising livestock, principally hogs. Mr. Kirkwood was married November 11, 1845, to Martha A. Clark, of Hopkins County, and three sons and six daughters have blessed their union. They are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. In 1851, when Mr. Kirkwood moved to this place, it was all a dense forest.
WILLIAM H. KIRKWOOD was born in Hopkins County, Ky., June 24, 1833, and is a son of James and Mary (Sisk) Kirkwood, respectively natives of Hopkins County, Ky., and North Carolina, and of English descent. Hugh Kirkwood, grandfather of subject, was among the earliest pioneers of Hopkins County, having come to the country when a small boy; he was a veteran in the war of 1812, having served under Gen. Jackson during that struggle, and having participated in the battle of New Orleans. James Kirkwood was all his life engaged in farming and in the grist-mill business. He erected one of the first horse-power grist-mills in Hopkins County, on Silent Run. His death occurred May 20, 1858, in his sixty-seventh year. William H Kirkwood was employed on his fathers farm until he attained his majority, he then bought wild land adjoining the old homestead, where he subsequently improved the farm on which he now resides, and to which he has since added the home farm, and also other land, now owning a well improved farm of 370 acres. For the past eleven years be has also been extensively engaged in the steam saw-mill and lumber business. He was married in 1858 to Miss Eliza A. Kirkwood, a native of Hopkins County; five children are the fruit of this union, two sons and three daughters, all of whom are living. Mrs. Eliza A. Kirkwood departed this life December 24, 1873. She was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Kirkwood remains a widower; in politics he is a Democrat.