Surnames Biography
W. A. NISBET was born January 2, 1834, in Hopkins County, Ky., and is a son of James and Mary E. (Pritchett) Nisbet, natives of South Carolina and Virginia, respectively. At the age of twenty-one he hired out to William Love, a Scotch farmer, for one year, receiving $13 per month wages, and during this time he lost but one Saturday afternoon, while attending a church meeting; after which he engaged in trading in live stock, also farming. April 4, 1860, he opened a livery stable at Madisonville, and has since carried on this business; this is the oldest stable in this or the adjoining counties. He has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits, and now owns over 2,000 acres, in which are included seven farms; also several store-rooms and other property in Madisonville; he is also a member of the firm of Kirkwood & Nisbet, druggists at this point. Mr. Nisbet commenced life with no assistance, and by constant application and untiring energy has become one of the wealthiest and most honored citizens of the county. He was married June 28, 1870, to Miss Nannie Jagoe, of Muhlenburgh County. Three sons and one daughter have blessed this union. Mr. and Mrs. Nisbet are members of the Christian Church.
DR. GEORGE W. NOEL, of Madisonville, Hopkins County, was born June 25, 1810, in Madisonville, Ky., and is now the oldest resident living here, i. e., who was born here. He is a son of William and Ann (Word) Noel, both natives of Virginia. The father kept the hotel here for a number of years. He came here from near Lexington, Ky., about the year 1806 or 1807. He also held the offices of sheriff, constable, magistrate, and auctioneer. Dr. Noel commenced the study of medicine at the age of twenty, with Dr. Francis Jett, of this place. After studying about two years, his father died; he then abandoned the study for a time, and married a beautiful and accomplished lady of Christian County, Ky., by the name of Emma M. Summers, and in 1835 he resumed the study of medicine, and attended a course of lectures in the Transylvania University at Lexington, Ky. In the spring of 1836, he commenced the practice of his profession, which he has since followed. When he commenced he was too poor to own a horse, but fortunately an old friend, Col. William Brooks, loaned him one for one year, at the end of which time, be having made but little, was still too poor to pay for it, but his old friend said to him "Doctor, keep the horse and pay me for him in twelve months." He did so, and at the end of the time he paid the Colonel for his horse, and will always feel grateful to him for his kindness. About this time be was blessed with two sweet and lovely children, the oldest a daughter (Cordelia A.), and the other a son (William T.). He purchased two acres of land in 1837 or 1838, and added other lands as his means would allow, and now owns about fifty-five or sixty acres, all lying inside the corporation. He occupies a very comfortable brick residence, which he built in 1857, at a cost of about $3,500. During the war he was appointed provost marshal at Madisonville. Dr. Noel's wife died August 17, 1883, aged seventy-three, leaving a son, William T. Noel, of Evansville, Ind., an extensive tobacco broker at that point. The Doctor is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is favorably known not only in this place, but also in the adjoining towns and counties. In politics he was always a Whig, and an uncompromising friend and admirer of the great patriot and statesman, Henry Clay. The first vote he ever gave for president of the United States was for Mr. Clay, and the last one was for Hon. James G. Blaine.
THOMAS Y. NORTHEN was born in Sumner County, Tenn., September 20, 1828, and is a son of Peter and Elizabeth (Fitzhugh) Northen, natives of the "Old Dominion" and of English descent. Peter Northen was married in his native State, and soon after moved to Sumner County, Tenn., where be bought a farm and resided until 1842; he then moved to what is now Webster County, Ky., and bought a farm near the town of Providence, where he resided until his death in 1874, in his seventy-fifth year. Thomas Y. remained on his father's farm until he attained his majority, and then bought a farm of 100 acres adjoining the old homestead in Webster County, to which be afterward added seventy-five acres. He followed farming successfully there until May, 1884, when be sold the farm and came to Nebo, where he is living a retired life. He has been four times married; six children four sons and two daughters-all living, are the fruits of the first two marriages. For more than thirty years, Mr. Northen was a member of the Missionary Baptist Church, but for the last four years has belonged to the old school Baptist Church. In politics he is a Democrat.