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Henry M. Pedigo Biography

from Barren County, Kentucky – Biographies

Henry M. Pedigo, son of William and Perlina (Dale) Pedigo, was born in Barren County, Kentucky, March 27, 1840.  William Pedigo, a native of Virginia, of French descent, was born in 1817; removed with his parents to Kentucky when a child; shortly after attaining his majority he married, and later bought wild land in the northeast part of Barren County, near Bear Wallow.  There he improved a farm and resided until his death in 1865.  He was a devoted member of the Missionary Baptist Church, to which his widow still belongs.  His father, also named William, was a native of Virginia, and an early settler of that part of Barren County which now constitutes Metcalfe County.  Mrs. Perlina Pedigo resides on the old homestead; she is a native of Barren County, of English descent, and was born in 1822.  Her father, Isaac Dale, was a native of Virginia, and a veteran of the War of 1812.  Henry M. Pedigo was educated in the schools of the county, and remained on the home farm until he attained his majority; soon after he was employed by a party in Louisville to buy mules for the Federal Army, and after being thus engaged for two years, he embarked in the live-stock trade on his own account, and followed it for six years.  He then engaged in the general merchandise business at Hiseville, Kentucky, for eight years, and later bought a farm on Beaver Creek, Barren County, where for eight years, in connection with agricultural pursuits, he engaged in buying horses and mules for the Southern markets.  In 1881 he sold this farm and bought another, one-half mile northwest of Glasgow, where he now resides engaged in farming.  In 1880, in company with L. W. Carden, he engaged in the pork-packing business at Glasgow, and still continues the business.  In 1883 Mr. Pedigo opened livery, feed and sale stable at Glasgow, which he has since conducted with success in connection with his other business.  In partnership with his cousin, J. H. Pedigo, he also runs an extensive sale stable at Augusta, Georgia.  March 14, 1865, he married Ellen E. Depp, and four sons and three daughters have blessed their union:  Kate B., Albert, Henry C., Tompie P., Lizzie, Tony and Mary.  Mrs. Pedigo is a native of Barren County, and was born in 1842.  Mr. Pedigo politically is a Democrat.

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