Kentucky: A History of the State
Perrin, Battle & Kniffin 2nd ed., 1885, Hopkins Co.
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JOHN C. TAPP was born February 12, 1845, in Henderson County, Ky., and is a son of Joel H. and Sarah F. (Rice) Tapp, natives of North Carolina and Kentucky, respectively. At the age of twelve, Joel H. Tapp came with his parents to Kentucky, where he was educated and married, and where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until his death in 1880, in his fifty-fourth year. He belonged to no church but was a bright member of the Masonic fraternity, having been W. M. of his lodge for many years. John C. Tapp, at the age of eighteen, enlisted in the Tenth Kentucky Volunteer Cavalry (Confederate service), attaining to the rank of sergeant-major and serving under Gen. John H. Morgan until the command was captured at Cheshire, Ohio, after which he was retained as a prisoner of war at Camp Chase and at Fort Delaware for twenty-two months. After his return from the army he was employed as a salesman in a general store at Lamasco, Lyon Co., Ky., for four years. He then engaged in the commission business at Parkersville Landing for some three years, and next in boating on the Cumberland River for one year, being captain of a fleet of flats. In April, 1874, he removed to Dalton, Hopkins County, where he was engaged in the general mercantile trade for about two years. He then bought a flouring, grist and saw-mill at that place, and has since been successfully engaged in the milling business. For the past two years he has held the office of magistrate. He was married February 22, 1875, to Miss Minnie J. Bell, a native of Hopkins County. One son and one daughter gladden their home. Both Mr. Tapp and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is also a bright member of the Masonic fraternity, having advanced to the select master's degree of the council. In politics he is a Democrat.
JOHN C. THOMSON was born April 28, 1859, in Hopkins County, Ky. He is a son of Qualls and Ella (Christy) Thomson; the father was born in Virginia, the mother was born in Lexington, Ky. They came to Hopkins County in about 1844, and father and sister reside in Madisonville, mother having died on August 1, 1885. Our subject received a good literary education; at the age of about fifteen he entered a store as clerk, continuing in this capacity until 1880, when he established a book and stationery business in Madisonville, where he had a good business, but on December 6, 1884, he sold out and went to his farm about five miles west of Madisonville. Mr. Thomson was married November 15, 1882, to Miss Ambie Lunsford, a native of Madisonville. One daughter, Tevis Curtis Thomson, gladdens their home.