Kentucky: A History of the State
Perrin, Battle & Kniffin 2nd ed., 1885, Hopkins Co.
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PROF. E. McCULLEY was born in Hopkins County, Ky., March 30, 1859. He is a son of J. S. and Jane F. (Cox) McCulley. The father was also born in the same State and county, and now resides in Madisonville. Our subject, at the age of nineteen, went to Ohio and entered the National Normal University at Lebanon, remaining five years; part of that time was spent at the normal school at Valparaiso, Ind. He graduated in the scientific course in Lebanon in 1883, and in the phonographic and special mathematics in 1881, at Valparaiso, Ind. In 1882 and 1883 he taught phonography in the National Normal University at Lebanon. In the fall of 1883, the Madisonville Normal School and Business College was organized with Prof. McCulley as president which position he has ably filled, giving special attention to the mathematical department, which he has built up to a high state of excellence. He has lately resigned his position at Madisonville and has accepted a more lucrative place at Malvern, Ark.
L. McGREW was born February 10, 1861, in Hopkins County, Ky. He is a son of I. T. and Sallie (Hibbs) McGrew, natives of Nelson County, Ky. The father is now living in Madisonville with his son; the mother died in 1874. Subject at the age of sixteen entered the store of J..S. Whittinghall, where be remained as clerk three years, and later was clerk in a store in Owensboro. In 1881 be established his present business, in which he handles wool and all kinds of country produce, also groceries, queensware, etc. He controls his father's farm, which consists of 300 acres located eight miles from Madisonville. Mr. McGrew was married in 1879 to Miss Lillian Hanner of this place. One son gladdens their home.
EDWARD G. McLEOD, Hopkins County, was born in Spottsylvania County, Va., November 2, 1856, and is the second of four children born to Edgar A. and Margaret L (Moss) McLeod, natives of the 'Old Dominion," and of Scotch and English descent, respectively. Edgar McLeod was married in his native State, where he learned the shoemaking trade, and followed it in connection with farming and merchandising for a number of years. He owned a large and well improved farm in Virginia, on which he also conducted a general store and all kinds of mechanical operations. In 1867 he removed to Todd County, Ky., where he bought a farm and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He afterward engaged in the hotel business at Trenton, Ky., for three years. In December, 1873, he came to Earlington, where he engaged in the hotel business for one year; he then opened a shoe shop and has been engaged in that business ever since. He was a soldier in the Confederate service for a short time during the late civil war. He and his wife are members of the Christian Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, the I. O. O. F. and the A. O. U. W. Our subject, Edward G. McLeod, from the time he was fifteen years old until 1878, was employed as a salesman in a general store, and in attending school. In January, 1878, he opened a general store on his own account, and has since been doing a good business. He carries a large and well selected stock, amounting to from $4,000 to $5.000. His average annual sales amount to about $16,000. He was married in January, 1883, to Miss Kate C. Dulin, a native of Hopkins County, Ky. They have one daughter, Lanna E. McLeod is a member of the Christian Church and Mrs. McLeod is a member of no church. He is a Democrat.
DR. WILLIAM T. McNARY, Hopkins County, was born in Muhlenburgh County, Ky., May 14, 1848, and is a son of William C. and Ann B. (Wilkins) McNary, the former a native of Lexington, Fayette County and the latter of Hopkins County, Ky., of Scotch-Irish and English descent respectively. William C. McNary at the age of ten years, in 1811, removed with his parents to Muhlenburgh County, Ky. There his father William McNary bought military lands and improved a farm. William C. McNary bought wild land adjoining the old homestead, and improved the farm, upon which he resided until his death. He was extensively engaged in farming and stock raising, also in flat-boating on the river to New Orleans. He landed at that place eighteen flat-boats loaded with tobacco, stock and various other produce. For nine years between 1835 and 1850 he was a member of the lower house of the legislature and senate of Kentucky. For several years before and during the war he was president of the Greenville Female Seminary. It was through his influence that the iron bridge across Pond River was erected. He was for a time a member of the board of internal improvement for Green River. He died in 1875 in his seventy-fourth year. He and wife were members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. William T. McNary received, a good classical education at Greenville College, and at the age of twenty years commenced the study of medicine under Dr. Thomas H. Moore, of Madisonville, Ky., afterward attended the Medical College of Ohio at Cincinnati. In January, 1871, he commenced the practice of his profession at Nebo, where he has since secured a large and lucrative practice. He was married in December, 1875, to Miss Fannie J. Hoffman, a native of Hopkins County, Ky. Two daughters have blessed their union; Annie L. and Aileen. The Doctor and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church; be is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Royal Arch degree, and also of the I. O.G.T. He is a Democrat.
WILLIAM C. McNARY was born September 12, 1801, in Fayette County, Ky. His parents, William and Ann (Campbell) McNary, were of Scotch descent. In the year 1812 his father removed to Muhlenburgh County, thirteen miles west of Greenville, where be died and was buried in the family graveyard, where also sleeps the subject of this sketch together with a good many members of at least three generations of the family. William grew up on the farm, and when he arrived at the age of manhood he purchased a tract of land containing 500 acres adjoining his father's farm, where he lived until his death, which occurred on September 19, 1875. All through his long, life be was prominently identified with all measures tending to improve the condition of his county. He represented his county in the lower house of the Kentucky legislature, five years and four years in the senate. He was for several years a member of the board of internal improvement for Green River. In 1858, he accepted a call to the presidency of the Greenville Female Collegiate Institute, which position he filled with honor for three years, 1857, 1858 and 1864. It was owing to his exertions that the iron bridge on Pond River, connecting Hopkins and Muhlenburgh Counties was built. He made two trips to Louisville at his own expense to see the manufacturers and was present at several courts both in Muhlenburgh and Hopkins Counties before be could secure an appropriation for the erection of the bridge. He was for twenty-five years an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He died full of years and honors, beloved by all who knew him.
J. M. MILLS, Hopkins County, was born January 16, 1848, in Christian County, Ky. He is a son of C. W. and Mary A. (Miller) Mills, also born in the same county. The father was born June 24,1824, and now lives at Nortonville; he has been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and has owned as high as 1,000 acres of land. His health failing him, he engaged in merchandising, and during the civil war lost all by fire and robbery. He had taken an active part in suppressing and bringing to justice a band of outlaws and murderers, who infested Christian County previous to the war. In 1863 he engaged in the saw-milling business, which be successfully carried on for four years. In 1870 he came to Nortonville, and has since been acting as agent in buying and selling lands. He and a party of five compose what is known as the Hopkins County Land & Mining Company, and own about 3,000 acres of land in this locality. Our subject has been engaged in farming and now owns several hundred acres of choice land in Christian County. In 1876 he came to Nortonville, and carried on a drug store and eating house about four and a half years. In 1883 he engaged in general merchandising at this point and still continues the business.
EBENEZER V. MOORE was born in Hopkins County, Ky., October 3, 1857, and is a son of James A. and Sardinia (Hibbs) Moore, natives of Hopkins County, and of Irish and German descent respectively. James A. Moore was reared to farming. His father, Bryant Moore is among the oldest early settlers of the county. Soon after his marriage, James A. Moore bought wild land near the old homestead, and subsequently improved a farm, upon which he resided and was engaged in agricultural pursuits for several years. In early life be learned the carpenter's trade, and followed the same in connection with farming nearly all his life. About 1872 he built the first houses ever erected in the present village of White Plains, where he was engaged in general merchandising for some two years. He then returned to his farm, where he remained for three years, when he rented a farm, and again removed to White Plains, where he built another house and engaged in business for a short time. Here he resided until his death, March 16, 1881, in his fifty-sixth year. He and wife were members of the Baptist Church. Ebenezer V. Moore was employed on the old homestead until he attained his majority, after which be engaged in farming on his own account, and has been so employed ever since. He was married January 6, 1879, to Miss Narcissa A. Whitfield, a native of Hopkins County, Ky. Three children have blessed their union, of whom Felix and Sophronin L. are living. In politics Mr. Moore is a Democrat.
SIDNEY T. MORROW, Hopkins County, was born in Person County, N. C., July 16, 1830, and is a son of John and Mary (Winstead) Morrow, both natives of Person County, N.C., and of Irish and English descent respectively. John Morrow was married in his native State, where in early life be learned the hatter's trade, which he followed in connection with farming for many years. In 1840 he came with his family to what is now Webster County, Ky., where he bought a farm and remained some fifteen years. He then removed to Union County, Ky., where he remained about three years. In 1858 he came to Hopkins County, and bought a farm one mile west of Nebo, where he resided until his death, November 14, 1877, in his eighty-fourth year. Sidney T. remained on his father's farm until he was eighteen years old, then followed teaching mainly for some three or four years. During and after this time be took two trips to Arkansas and Texas. In 1856 he returned to Kentucky and engaged in general merchandising at Vanderburgh, Webster County, for four years. In the spring of 1861 he came to Hopkins County, and bought a farm in the vicinity of Nebo, where he has since been engaged in farming and stock-raising. He has also been in the live-stock trade to some extent. For the past two years he has manufactured brick near Nebo. He was for a time one of the magistrates of Webster County. He was married July 13, 1856, to Miss Drucilla Chandler, a native of Hopkins County, who bore him four children, two of whom, one son and one daughter, are living. Mrs. Drucilla Morrow died January 35, 1865. She was a member of the Christian Church. Mr. Morrow's second marriage was in December, 1965, to Mrs. Bettie L. (Bailey) Laffoon, also a native of Hopkins County, who died in January, 1867. She was a member of the Baptist, Church. Mr. Morrow married his present wife, Mrs. A. A. (Mitchell) Morrow, March 30, 1869. Mr. Morrow is a member of the Christian Church, and also of the Masonic fraternity. He is liberal in his political views.
DAVID A. MORTON, cashier of the Madisonville Bank, was born in Madisonville, Hopkins Co., Ky., June 10, 1850, and is a son of John G. and Nancy E. (Young) Morton. He received a good classical education in youth at the Illinois Military Academy at Fulton, Ill., and at Washington Lee University, of Lexington, Va. At the age of seventeen he was appointed both deputy circuit clerk and deputy county clerk of Hopkins County, which positions he held about two years. He has been identified with the Morton private bank of Madisonville as bookkeeper, teller and cashier, ever since its organization in 1869, which positions he still occupies. He was married, September 15,1874, to Miss Mary H. Ashby, a native of Hopkins County, and a daughter of Columbus Ashby, who was one of the early and prominent merchants of the county. Mr. Morton belongs to no church, but is a member of the I. O. O. F., and of the Masonic order, having attained to the degrees of knighthood and membership of Henderson Commandery, No. 14, K. T. In politics Mr. Morton is a Democrat.
H. H. MORTON was born May 4,1813, at what is now Morton's Gap, Hopkins County, and in the house where he now lives. This house was built by his father, and was the first brick house built in this county. It is in as good condition as when first built. He is a son of Thomas Morton, Sr., and Elizabeth (Davis) Morton, both natives of Virginia. They came to Kentucky in an early day, and settled in what is now Morton's Gap and bought a large quantity of land in this vicinity. The father was born September 25, 1764, and died May 3, 1844. The mother was born September 14, 1776; she died October 7, 1869. After the father's death the property was divided. Our subject retained the homestead with 123 acres of land. This land he has since disposed of with the exception of five acres with the homestead, where be has always resided. Mr. Morton was married January 18, 1849, to Julia A. Littlepage, of Hopkins County. Mrs. Morton is a member of the Christian Church.
JOHN G. MORTON, banker, was born June 8, 1822, in Hopkins County. He is a son of Samuel and Minerva (Gordon) Morton. The father was born in Jessamine County, Ky., and came with his parents to Henderson (now Hopkins) County in 1798. They settled at Morton's Gap, where Thomas Morton, grandfather of our subject, built the first brick house ever built in this county, which, is an evidence of honest labor performed in these early days, still remains in an excellent state of preservation. Samuel Morton died in 1865, aged sixty-nine. The mother was born in Henderson (now Hopkins) County, in 1805; she died in 1848. The father was engaged in farming and merchandising; he also held the office of justice of the peace and represented this county in the legislature in 1846, held the office of sheriff in 1850, and in 1856 was elected county judge, which position he held at the time of his death. Our subject was reared on a farm, and at the age of twenty-one was appointed postmaster at Madisonville; this office he afterward resigned and was appointed constable; he held this office about eight years, and as deputy sheriff two years, after which be was engaged in merchandising three years. During the war he handled tobacco and traded generally. At the close of the war be engaged in banking, which he has continued; he is also largely engaged in farming, and owns over 2,500 acres, which are divided into eight farms, employing from twenty to thirty hands. Mr. Morton was married, in 1846, to Miss N. E. Young, of this county. This union has been blessed with six children-three sons and three daughters. Mrs. Morton is a member of the Christian Church.
M. M. MORTON was born October 25, 1832, in Hopkins County, Ky. He is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth (Graddy) Morton, natives of this county. The father was born December 25, 1805; he died May 22, 1871. The mother was born in 1810, and died August 22, 1884. Our subject worked on his father's farm until the age of twenty-five, after which he rode as constable four years; he then returned to farming; and buying and shipping tobacco, which be has since continued. He handles about 100 hogsheads annually, usually shipping to New York. Mr. Morton owns about 500 acres of land. With the exception of fifty acres, he has acquired this by his own exertions and judicious management. He was married, December 22, 1880, to Miss Melvina Fugate, of this county. This union has been blessed with three children - one son and two daughters.
O. H. P. MORTON, Hopkins County, was born July 6, 1815, at Morton's Gap, Ky., and is a son of Thomas Morton, Sr., and Elizabeth (Davis) Morton. At the age of twenty-five he commenced farming on eighty-six acres of land given him by his father. He afterward increased this land to 220 acres. This be has since disposed of, except sixty-six acres, where he now resides. He has recently completed a very comfortable house on the farm, which cost about $500. He was married in 1840 to Susan Whitfield, of Hopkins County. She died in 1874,aged fifty-two. This union was blessed with ten children, four of whom are now living, two sons and two daughters: Nancy, Needham, George and Belle. The deceased are Alonzo, William, Matilda, Edith, Athaliah and Inez. Mr. Morton is a consistent member of the United Baptist Church.
JOHN MUNNS was born April 26, 1823, in England. He came to America in 1865, and located at Evansville; there he followed draying ten years; he then moved to Warrick County, Ind., bought 133 acres of land and engaged in farming two years, after which be sold his farm. In 1877 he came to Hopkins County and purchased a farm of 173 acres, one and three-quarter miles from Madisonville, and known as the Thomas Yates farm; this fine farm he still owns. In 1881 be moved to Dawson and built a hotel, which has since been destroyed by fire; he owns three and one-eighth acres of land at this point, which be bought from Mrs. Alexander. On the completion of his hotel, on digging a well, be accidentally discovered the celebrated salts well, the water from which is used for bathing and medicinal purposes in conjunction with the Arcadia Well, the properties of which are not excelled in the world. Mr. Munns was married June 11, 1844, to, Eleanor Robinson; this union has been blessed with eight children - three sons and five daughters. They are members of the Missionary Baptist Church. Mr. Munns' farm is situated near the Heckley mines, and is underlaid with coal; in many places on this farm it is exposed on the surface.
C. H. MURPHEY was born November 9, 1857, in Hopkins County, Ky. G. W. Murphey, his father, was also born in the same county; his mother, Mary M. (Porter) Murphy, was born in Todd County, Ky. Her father, Henry Porter, came to Hopkins County when his daughter was a child. G. W. Murphey was first a farmer, but when about thirty-three years old joined the Louisville Methodist Episcopal Conference South, and traveled the Dixon Circuit; after preaching one year he lost his voice on account of exposure, and was compelled to abandon his chosen field. He lived in Ashbysburg, on Green River, Hopkins County, at the time of the loss of his voice. The next business he engaged in was dry goods and trading in tobacco at Ashbysburg; he followed this for about two years, when he returned to his farm seven miles east of Madisonville, Ky.; after two years hard work and exposure he lost his health, and was compelled to abandon his farming. In the fall of 1870 he was elected school commissioner of Hopkins County, and filled that position with credit to himself. In 1874 he made the race for county clerk, and was defeated by less than forty majority; the defeat, being caused by the combination of the other candidates for the same position, one withdrawing and giving his strength to the other candidate. In 1876 he filled out the unexpired term of Judge J. M. Compton as school commissioner, Compton dying that year. In 1875 he engaged in the drug business and continued the same until his death, which occurred January 11, 1878. C. H. Murphey commenced in the drug business when fourteen years old, and clerked for Messrs. Holeman & Nesbit one year. In 1875 he again went into the drug business as clerk in his father's house, and continued until his father's death. D. Elta Cardwell and he bought the drug store February 1, 1878, and continued the business till November, 1880, when Mr. Cardwell died. Mr. Murphey then bought Cardwell's half interest, and has since continued in the same business. He was married December 20, 1882, to Miss Georgia Lee Darnall, of Cadiz, Trigg Co., Ky. To this marriage no children have been born. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and of the K. of H. Mr. Murphey had a brother, Robert William, and a sister, Ella Morgan, that are dead. He has also two sisters living - their home in Madisonville. The youngest is Lubbie Jackson, living with her mother; the other is Mrs. Linnie Lee Jones, wife of A. R. Jones, a dry goods merchant. All are, members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.