Kentucky: A History of the State
Perrin, Battle & Kniffin 2nd ed., 1885, Hopkins Co.
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W. B. PARKER was born March 15, 1820, in Essex County, Va., and is son of Thomas and Harriet (Burton) Parker. His father, who was born in the same county and State, was a farmer and speculator, and died in 1832, aged fifty-two. His mother, who was born in Cumberland County, died in 1873, at the age of sixty-nine years. Our subject, at the age of twelve years, commenced to learn the millwright's trade, which he has since followed, in connection with farming. In 1836, he went to Alabama; in 1841, he moved to Christian County, and in 1846, built the first flouring-mill in the county, located on Little River, about one mile from the court house. In 1853, he came to Hopkins County, and built the first double circular saw-mill in the county or State. He owns a farm of 425 acres, located five miles west of Madisonville, on which he has built a saw-mill, which he runs in connection with his farm. Mr. Parker represented Hopkins County in the legislature during the sessions of 1857 and 1859. He was married, in 1841, to Mary J. Crabtree, of Christian County; she died in 1849, at the age of twenty-three, leaving two daughters - Emily, wife of Martin Rice, and Harriet, wife of Polk Laffoon. His second marriage was in 1852, to Martha A. Crabtree, also of Christian County; she died in 1878, aged fifty-two, leaving three children: William H., Capitola, now wife of William Bradley, and Jessie, now living with her sister, Mrs. Laffoon. Mr. Parker's third marriage was in 1880, to Mrs. Martha L Oldham, of Hopkins County. Mrs. Parker has one son, James, by her former marriage. Mr. Parker is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
JEFFERSON J. PARRISH was born in Granville County, N. C., May 25, 1829, and is a son of William and Mary (Jones) Parrish, natives of North Carolina, and of English descent. William Parrish was married in his native State, where be was extensively engaged in planting for many years. In the fall of 1851, he came to Hopkins County, Ky., and bought a farm near Nebo, upon which he resided until his death, in November, 1872, in his seventy-third year. He was a member of the United Baptist Church. His father, William C. Parrish, the grandfather of our subject was a veteran of the Revolutionary war, and served under Gen. Washington. His death was caused by injuries received from a hogshead of tobacco rolling over him. Jefferson J. Parrish remained on his father's farm until he attained his majority, and in the fall of 1850 came to Hopkins County, Ky., and bought a farm near Nebo, where be resided until 1862. He then sold and bought wild land in the same neighborhood, where be has since improved the farm on which he now resides, and where he has farmed successfully. He was married, in 1852, to Miss Lucretia Roberts, a native of North Carolina. To them were born four children, of whom three sons are living. Mrs. Lucretia Parrish died in October, 1862. She was a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Parrish's second marriage was in 1865, to Miss Victoria A. Boyd, a native of Tennessee. Seven children have blessed this union, six of whom - four sons and two daughters-are living. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his wife of the Missionary Baptist Church. He is a Democrat.
NICHOLAS J. PARRISH was born in Orange County, N. C.. April 23, 1850, and is the son of William and Charlotte (Madison) Parrish. He was employed on his fathers farm until twenty years of age, after which he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for about three years. His father, at his death, willed him a part of the old homestead, to which he has since added the interest of the other heirs in the old place, and also other lands, now owning 250 acres of land. He follows farming and stock raising, and makes the raising of tobacco a specialty. He was married October 4, 1874, to Miss Myra J. Mitchell, a native of Hopkins County. Two children have blessed their union - Georgie A. and William N., both living. Mrs. Parrish is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Parrish belongs to no church, but is a devout Christian and holds to the doctrines of the Cumberland Presbyterians. He is a member of the C. S. Hoffman Lodge, No. 252, A. F. & A. M. and is at present J. W. of that lodge. He is a Democrat.
THOMAS B. PARTER was born in Hopkins County, Ky., March 11, 1845, and is a son of Bradford and Martha (Rodgers) Parter, the former a native of Butler County, Ky., and the latter a native of the "Old Dominion," and of English and Irish descent, respectively. Bradford L. Parter, when a young man, removed to Logan County, Ky., where he married and engaged in farming for many years. In 1837 he removed to Iowa, where for two years he was engaged in teaching the Indians. He then returned to Kentucky and bought a farm two miles east of Nebo, in Hopkins County, where be was extensively engaged in farming and stock raising, until his death in May, 1865, in his fifty-sixth year. He was one of the magistrates of Hopkins County for a number of years. Although a stanch Whig in politics he twice represented Hopkins County in the lower house of the Kentucky legislature. He and his wife were devoted members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Thomas B., after his fatherís death, inherited a part of the old homestead, upon which he still resides, and to which he has added from time to time. He is a successful farmer and stock raiser. He was married in 1878 to Miss Susan Morgan, a native of Muhlenburgh County, Ky. To them were born two sons, both of whom are living. Mrs. Susan Parter died in September, 1881. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Parter's second marriage was in August, 1883, to Mrs. Laura (Booth) Head, a native of Hopkins County, Ky. One son has blessed their union. Mr. Parter is a member of the Presbyterian and his wife of the Baptist Church. In Politics he is a Republican.
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REV. CHARLES M. PENDLEY was born in Hopkins County, Ky., April 22, 1853, and is a son of Benjamin and Emily Pendley, natives of Butler County, Ky., and of English descent. Benjamin Pendley was married in his native county, and was there engaged in farming for several years. About 1848 he came to Hopkins County, Ky., and bought a farm near Nortonville, upon which he still resides. He served for a few months in a Kentucky regiment, in the Federal service, but was discharged on account of disability. Rev. Charles M. Pendley received a good common school education in youth and was employed on his father's farm until he attained his majority. He then bought a farm near Nortonville, where he resided and was engaged in >agricultural pursuits for six years. In 1880 he sold this place and bought another near White Plains, where he still resides, and is engaged in farming, in connection with the ministry. He was married July 13, 1874, to Miss Eliza M. Shelton, a native of Muhlenburgh County, Ky., and a daughter of William G. and Mary A. (Fuller) Shelton, who were among the early settlers of Muhlenburgh County. Five children have blessed the union of Mr. and Mrs. Pendley, four of whom--three sons and one daughter--are living. Mr. Pendley and wife are members of the United Baptist Church, in which church he has been a regularly ordained minister for the past six or seven years. In politics he is a Democrat, and is one of the enterprising farmers as well as one of the well-known and respected citizens of the district.
JOHN W. PENDLEY is a native of Hopkins County, Ky. He is a son of Merida and F. S. (Woodward) Pendley. The father was born in Butler County, Ky., July 8, 1823; the mother was born in Lincoln County, Tenn. These parents have had eleven children, nine of whom are living, viz.: Richard F., Nancy C. (now wife of J. T. Day), John W., George H., Mattie M., Virginia C., Everhardt G., Sophia E., and Robert. Mr and Mrs. Pendley are consistent members of the United Baptist Church. John W. Pendley, at the age of seventeen, engaged in teaching, and at intervals attended the Hill Grove Academy. Later he attended the West Kentucky College. By dilligent study and having a natural talent in this direction, he has placed himself foremost in the profession of teaching, being competent now to take charge of any of the graded schools. The past five years he has been engaged in the work, and at present has charge of the school at Dawson.
GEORGE M. PRICE, Hopkins County, was born December 14, 1854, in Webster County, Ky. He is a son of W. A. and Nancy A. (Jenkins) Price, both parents born in the same county and State, and living in Clay, Ky. Our subject, in youth, received a good literary education; at the age of eighteen he entered a dry goods store in Clay as clerk; there he remained one year, after which he attended school about two years. He then became deputy sheriff; this position he held a short time, after which he went to Dixon, and was clerk in a drug store there about three years. He then was appointed deputy county and circuit clerk, which position he held about one year. He then became public administrator for the county; this office he held two years. In March, 1883, he moved to Dawson, and, in company with T. W. Clark, opened a grocery and drug store. They have discontinued handling groceries and are now engaged in a general drug business. Mr. Price is a member of the Masonic fraternity.
HORACE PRITCHETT was born June 15, 1804, in Spottsylvania County, Va. At the age of four years he came with his parents to Garrard County, Ky. In 1819 they moved to Hopkins County and engaged in farming. At the age of twenty-three our subject rented a farm, on which he lived one year, then purchased a farm of fifty acres, about two miles east of Madisonville, and as his means would allow added other lands, and now owns 300 acres. He continued to reside on that farm until 1851, when he moved to town and built the first steam flour mill here. This he sold after running it five years. He attached a carding machine to this mill, which he still owns. He owns another carding machine which is run by his son. He owns eight houses and lots, also several vacant lots in Madisonville, and has paid security debts to the amount of about $5,000. Mr. Pritchett commenced life without any assistance, and as a reward of honesty, integrity, and strict attention to business, he has succeeded in acquiring this valuable property. Mr. Pritchett has neither sought nor held any office, beside that of magistrate when on his farm. He was married, in 1827, to Lucy Goodloe, of Kentucky. Five children have blessed this union--three sons and two daughters. He and his wife are life long and devoted members of the Christian Church, and are the only surviving members of the church with which they first became members. Mr. Pritchett is known as the daddy of prohibition. At the breaking out of the war he owned ten or twelve slaves, but voted for the abolition of slavery and has always voted the Republican ticket.
J. W. PRITCHETT was born December 3, 1840, in Hopkins County, Ky. He is a son of Horace and Lucy W. (Goodloe) Pritchett, of Madisonville. At the age of twenty-one he engaged in the milling business at Madisonville, with his father; this he continued several years, after which he carried on the furniture business about one year. He then engaged in the wall-paper and painting business till 1882, when he came to Dawson, where he has since been engaged as manager of the Arcadia Hotel. The celebrated well is owned and controlled by this hotel, and is situated in this inclosure. Guests from all quarters visit these wells, and no better accommodations can be had than is furnished by this house. Mr. Pritchett was married, in 1869, to Miss Laura Nisbet, of Madisonville. They are members of the Christian Church.