Robert S. Montague Biography


Robert S. Montague, born January 28, 1824, died January 1, 1900

Brookside Cemetery, Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky

from Taylor County, Kentucky – Biographies

Robert H. Montague was born in Harrodsburg, Kentucky, January 28, 1824.  While an infant his parents moved to Elizabethtown, where he grew to manhood, removing in 1845 to Greensburg, and thence in 1857 to Carthage, Illinois.  In 1862 he returned to Kentucky, locating for twelve years in Campbellsville, and after one year in Bowling Green and two more at Greensburg, returned to Campbellsville, where he now resides.  His father, James Montague, was a farmer, a native of Virginia and of Norman-French descent, his ancestors having come during the conquest to England, whence the family is immediately descended.  James Montague married, about 1805, Miss Elizabeth Edmonson, also a Virginia.  To them were born Warner R., Samuel, Diana (Davis), James, Lucy (Hodgen), Ann (Hodgen), John, George, Virginia, Robert S. and Martha.  Roberts S. Montague married, in October, 1847, Miss Margaret E., daughter of Archibald C. and Sallie (Howe) Cox.  To them have been born Salle E., wife of Dr. H. D. Hubbard, of Greensburg; Virginia, who married Joseph E. Hagerman; Mary A., whose husband is H. E. Baker; Maggie, who married Charles Phillips, of the Lebanon bar, and Lelia.  In his extreme youth Mr. Montague possessed good educational advantages, but was compelled, at the age of fourteen years, to go to work.  He persisted nevertheless in his studies during his spare time, mainly at night, and in this way not only secured a good English education, but also made considerable progress in the higher branches.  He began work (as above stated) for himself in his fifteenth year, acting for several years as a clerk, and about 1846 began the study of the law, which profession he was licensed to practice the following year, since which time he has been actively engaged in the practice with good success.  He is a man of extended reading, both legal and general, and Judge Hardin says of him, “I consider him the best chancery lawyer in my district.”  He served the people of Taylor County for six years as county clerk of that county, is a thoroughly self-made man, and in politics is a Democrat.


Margaret E., wife of R. S. Montague, born January 2, 1826, married October 28, 1847, died April 9, 1891

Brookside Cemetery, Campbellsville, Taylor County, Kentucky

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