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Thomas D. Fuqua Biography

from History of Ketnucky, Illustrated, Edition 3

Hart County, Kentucky

Thomas D. Fuqua was born on the 1st of August, 1833, in Hart County; he is a son of Jesse Fuqua, who was born in Bedford County, Virginia, in 1805, and came to Kentucky with his parents, married Miss Elizabeth Dawson, and reared a family of seven children:  Martha (Logsdon), Nancy (Logsdon), Elizabeth (Kinney), Lourania (Butler), Thomas D., Robert and Charles.  Mrs. Elizabeth Fuqua was a daughter of Thomas and Nancy (Fitz Hugh) Dawson, the former of German and the latter of French descent.  She died in 1840.  Jesse Fuqua followed the business of a trader in leaf tobacco in connection with farming; he is yet living, aged ninety-one years, in Hart County.  His father was Joseph Fuqua, who came from Virginia and was among the first settlers of what is now Hart County, Kentucky; he died in Illinois, to which state he had removed prior to 1833; he was the son of William Fuqua, a native of France, who came to America and settled in the Virginia colony.  Thomas D. Fuqua was educated in the common schools of his native county; he left home in 1854, and for some years worked on a farm in Illinois, then returned to Kentucky, and soon after purchased a farm of 106 acres and engaged in farming on his own account; he is now the proprietor of 400 acres, lying near the town of Munfordville, and for some years made a specialty of tobacco raising, but now devotes his attention to general agriculture.  Mr. Fuqua has acquired his wealth chiefly through his own energy and perseverance, though he attributes much of it to the help of a good wife.  He was married, November 22, 1854, to Miss Lucy Hodges, who was at that time a resident of Hart County, but a native of Virginia.  They are the parents of Six children:  Martha E. (Burd), Eugenia (Long), Allen S., Alice, Charles B. and Monroe R. (the last three mentioned deceased).  Mrs. Fuqua completed her forty-seventh year on the 15th of December, 1885, and has been a life-long member of the Baptist Church.  Mr. Fuqua is a member of the I. O. O. F.  In politics he is a Democrat, and takes an interest in political affairs, but has no aspirations after political honors.

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