Webster County KY Biographies

Subjects of Perrin, Battle & Kniffin 1885 Biographies

From: Kentucky, A History of the State. Perrin, Battle & Kniffin. 2nd ed., 1885, Webster Co.
DR. GEORGE W. CAMPBELL, Webster County, was born December 28, 1822, in Sumner County, Tenn., a son of Colin and Martha (Parish) Campbell. The father died in 1860, aged seventy years. The mother was born in Virginia, and died in 1855, aged fifty-five years. George W. was reared on his father's farm, and at the age of twenty-five commenced the study of medicine, under Dr. N.L. Porter, continuing his studies three years, after which he attended the Louisville University. In 1852 he came to Hopkins (now Webster County), and located on the farm which he now owns, and where he has since lived. This point was long known as Carlow, where a tavern was kept for the accomodation of travelers, the stages making their headquarters there. A postoffice and store was also kept there a short time. Mrs. Ruby then owned the premises. Dr. Campbell now owns this old landmark, which is devoted to stock raising, agricultural pursuits and the practice of medicine. He was married in 1853 to Miss Albina King, of Hopkins County. This union has been blessed with nine children - four sons and five daughters. Dr. Campbell served in the Mexican war during 1846-47. He is a member of the I.O.O.F.

JAMES M. CHANDLER was born August 13, 1827, in Person County, N.C., and in 1829 removed with his parents to Hopkins (now Webster) County, Ky., where he has since resided. In 1861 he enlisted in Company A, Eighth Kentucky Infantry, in which he remained for more than three years. His father, Washington Chandler, a native of Person County, N.C., died in 1878, at the age of seventy-five years. He was the son of John, of North Carolina, and married Lethey, daughter of William and Polly Morrow, of Person County, who died in 1854. This union resulted in the birth of Rebecca (Mitchel), James M., William M., Mary A. (Hobgood), Sarah J. (Shelton), and Stephen. December 22, 1848, James M. married Margaret J., daughter of Alexander and Bethany (Phillips) Ramsey, of Webster County, born January 30, 1831, and to them have been born Mary E. (Jenkins), Alexander W., (deceased), Sarah J. (Presley), Margaret A., James J., Jr., William T., Laura J., Queen L. and Orlando S. Mr. Chandler is a farmer, having 150 acres of fair land, in a good state of cultivation. In politics he is a Democrat, and a part of his family are connected with the Methodist and a part with the Baptist denominations.

WILLIAM M. CHANDLER was born in Person County, N.C., January 16, 1829. He is of English descent and the son of Washington and Letha (Morrow) Chandler. The ancestors of subject were all natives of North Carolina. His father was born in 1803 and his mother in 1806. The Chandler family landed in Hopkins County, KY., January 25, 1829, after a lengthy trip from North Carolina. When subject attained his majority, he began farming. In 1850 he came to what was then Henderson (now Webster) County. For thirty-three years he was a tiller of the soil. In 1882 he came to Sebree and engaged in the milling business, which he still continues. He purchased what is known as the Singer Mill, which is one of the best in the county. It has a capacity of about twenty barrels of flour and will grind 150 bushels of corn per day; it is in good running order and is worth $5,000. Mr. Chandler was married in 1849 to Miss Eliza J. Parker, by whom he had eight children, four of whom are living. Mrs. Chandler died in 1867, and the following year Mr. Chandler married Miss Bettie Isbell, and to this union have been born six children, two of whom survive. Mr. Chandler is a Democrat, and he and his wife are members of the Regular Baptist Church, of which he has been a members for thirty-three years.

JAMES M. CLARK was born March 25, 1828, in Union, now Webster County, Ky., and is a son of James and Rebecca (McGill) Clark. The father was born in Christian County, and died of cholera in 1832. The mother died in April, 1845. Our subject was reared in Illinois, and at the age of nineteen, he commenced to learn the blacksmith trade, also the wagon-making trade, both of which he followed for twenty-five years. For fourteen years of this time, he carried on the business in Dixon. December 20, 1873, he came to his present farm, consisting of 258 1/2 acres. He has recently disposed of a farm of sixty-four acres. He was married November 29, 1855, to Lovis Womack, of Union County, who died in the spring of 1872, leaving eight children - four sons and four daughters. His second marriage was December 10, 1872, to Margaret J. Herrin of Webster County. This union has been blessed with three sons and one daughter. Mr. Clark is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church and of the Masonic fraternity.

GILBERT N. CLARK was born March 21, 1830, in Hopkins County, Ky. At the age of twenty, he hired out and worked at farm labor about six years. He then bought 167 acres of land and continued farming. He purchased land from time to time, and has owned as high as 1,000 acres, part of which he has given to his children. He now owns about 500 acres, which is well-improved. He was married in 1854 to Catharine Q. Orsburn, of Henderson County, who died in 1868, leaving three sons and two daughters. His second marriage was in 1869, to Louisa Womack, of Webster County. This union has been blessed with five children, four living - two sons and two daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Womack are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. Clark professed a hope in Christ in September, 1849, and in August, 1851, joined the General Baptist church, of which his wife is also a member; his first wife, Catharine Q. (Orsburn) Clark, lived and died a consistent member of the Methodist Church.

WILLIAM B. CLARK was born March 9, 1835, in Hopkins County, Ky., and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Henson) Clark. The father was born in Hopkins County and died in the fall of 1834. The mother was born in North Carolina, and is now living in Hopkins County. William B., at the age of seventeen years, hired out by the month and worked at farm labor about three years. He then bought a farm of 145 acres where he now lives. He added other lands, as his means would allow, and now owns 472 acres. He has also given his son 172 acres of land. Mr. Clark has, by his own hard work and close attention to business, acquired this valuable property. He was married in 1856 to Amanda E. Moorehead, of Union County. They have seven sons and three daughters. He is a member of the Free Will Baptist church.

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