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Andrew Lovelace of Ballard County

The first white men in Ballard County came in 1780, when General George Rogers Clark came with about 200 soldiers to establish a military outpost at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, laying claim of the United States to the Mississippi River as its western boundary.  Fort Jefferson was established with about 200 soldiers, which was a mile and a half south of what is now the town of Wickliffe.  The Chickasaw Indians considered this their territory and were anything but happy that their land had been invaded by the white man.  A few settlers came down the river to the fort after it was established, but the Indians attacked and killed them mercilessly.  Soon the fort was abandoned and any remaining settlers left also.  Until the purchase of this area of Kentucky in 1819, there were no permanent settlers.

Of the settlers who came in around 1818/1819 were John Humphrey, Solomon Redferrin, Robert Crafton and William Crafton, Daniel Doolin, John Weaver, James Talbott, William Rush, William Holman, Samuel Wilson, Andrew Lovelace, the Ewell family, the Newman family, Benjamin Kimmell, Samuel Saruthers, Penuel Billington, James Ashley, Israel Linn, William Linn, the Stovall family, the Unsell family.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1885

Ballard County, Kentucky

Andrew Lovelace

Upon the crest of a high hill overlooking the village of Lovelace, and commanding a magnificent view of the valley of the Mayfield Creek, rests a substantial brick residence, the home of a bright and sturdy old pioneer, the worthy subject of this sketch.  Andrew Lovelace was born February 12, 1811, in Butler County, Kentucky, and came with his parents, in 1822, to what is now Ballard County, where he has since resided.  His father, Captain Andrew Lovelace, Sr., a native of Rowan County, North Carolina, was born in 1776, removed to Kentucky in an early day, and died here in 1863.  He was the son of Elias, a soldier of the Revolution, who also died at this place about 1833.  He was the son of John, an Englishman.  Subject’s mother, Rebecca, daughter of William Holman, of North Carolina, died in 1834.  To her and husband were born:  Elizabeth (Hall), Nancy (Lynn), Elias, Archibald, subject, Rebecca (Humphrey), Isaac and William.  Subject was married November 5, 1833, to Miss Eleanor, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Shelton) Ashley, of Butler County (born May 15, 1815), and his union has been blessed by the birth of Virgil S., Martha J. (Howard), John H., Freeman B., James M., Mary E. (Elsey), William A., Eliza B. (Trice), and Susan V. (Henderson).  Subject is a farmer, has prospered in his business and now owns 400 acres of well improved and valuable land which is in a fine state of cultivation.  In politics he still clings to the tenets of the old line Whigs.

Andrew and Eleanor Lovelace are buried in the Lovelace Family Cemetery in the town of Lovelace.

Biography of Major Isaac N. Cardwell

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1888

Clark County

Major Isaac N. Cardwell, a native of Knox County, Tennessee, was born September 27, 1827.  John Cardwell, his father, was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, in 1790.  He acquired a common-school education in youth, and adopted his father’s vocation in life, farming.  He came to Knox County, Tennessee, in 1812, where he followed agricultural pursuits, living on his father’s farm in that county.  In 1822 he was married to Miss Ara W., daughter of Colonel Thomas Watkins, a wealthy planter, who had a family of eleven children, of whom Ara was the seventh.  In 1831 John Cardwell removed to Jefferson County, Tennessee, where he purchased land and farmed, remaining until 1840, when he came to Breathitt County, Kentucky.  He entered general merchandising, and was Postmaster at Jackson, Breathitt County, from 1844 until 1877.  Mr. and Mrs. Cardwell were the parents of six children, viz.:  John W., William D., Isaac N., Thomas P., Miranda E. (Little) and A. E., the last named two of whom are dead.  John Cardwell served in the War of 1812, and drew a pension for that service during the latter part of his life.  He and Mrs. Cardwell were both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics he was a Whig.  He died in 1877, in his eighty-seventh year.

Perrin Cardwell, grandfather of our subject, was also born in Fauquier County, Virginia, and was of English origin.  He emigrated in an early day to Knox County, Tennessee, where he died in 1850, in the ninety-eighth year of his age, leaving a widow, Mrs. Elizabeth (Warsham) Cardwell, and nine children, viz.:  John, William, Daniel, George, Martha (Watkins), Susan (Nutty), Maria (Jourolman) and Louisa (Jourolman).  Perrin Cardwell was in life a wealthy planter and a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Judge Cardwell was educated at the Tennessee University, graduating in 1850.  He read law with Judge Reese at Knoxville, Tennessee, and was admitted to the bar in September, 1850.  He came to Kentucky in 1858, and located at Booneville, the county seat of Owsley County, where he practiced law very successfully until 1861, when he was commissioned by President Lincoln as Major of the Seventh Kentucky Infantry (Federal service).  He served until February 1863, when on account of rheumatism he was compelled to resign.  Returning home he remained in Lexington until the fall of 1864, when he removed to Estill County and opened a law office at Irvine.  He served two terms in the Kentucky Legislature as Representative of that county, in 1872-73 and 1881-82.  He served during the last year of the Mexican War as Orderly Sergeant of Captain John J. Reese’s company of the Fifth Tennessee Infantry.  In 1860, just before the beginning of the late Civil War, he was commissioned by Governor Beriah Magoffin as Colonel of the Militia in Owsley County. In 1884 he left Estill County, and settled in Winchester, Clark County, where he has since been practicing law.

Judge Cardwell has been twice married.  His first wife died in July, 1881, leaving one child, Lena (Fox), of Madison County, Kentucky.  He was next married in Frankfort, in November, 1882, to Miss Jennie Todd, daughter of Harry I. and Jane B. (Davidson) Todd, both Kentuckians.  Mrs. Cardwell is a granddaughter of Governor Crittenden, was born and raised in Frankfort, and is a member of the Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Cardwell, who is not connected with any religious organization, and with no secret organization except the Masonic order, is politically a Republican.  His mother is still living, and is in the eighty-seventh year of her age.

Peter Jett – Culpeper County, Virginia, to Franklin County, Kentucky

Just an interesting tidbit, I’m now reading Capital on the Kentucky by Carl E. Kramer, a two hundred year history of Frankfort and Franklin County – absolutely fascinating!  William L. Jett, son of the Peter Jett of this biography, is mentioned in the book as being a law partner of Patrick U. Major, in the late 1870’s to 1880’s.

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Franklin County, Kentucky

Peter Jett was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, June 3, 1804, and is a son of Matthew and Susan (Tapp) Jett, also natives of Culpeper County, and of English origin.  Matthew Jett was born about 1776, served in the War of 1812, came to Kentucky in 1830 and settled on a farm between Frankfort and Lawrenceburg, in Franklin County, and died in 1854.  Peter Jett was reared a farmer, but also learned carpentering, and for years was a contractor and builder.  He settled in Franklin County, Kentucky in 1827, was appointed county assessor, and after the adoption of the new constitution was elected to that office, in which  he served eighteen or twenty years.  May 27, 1829, he married Miss Julia Ann, daughter of Stephen Arnold of Franklin County.  Mrs. Julia Jett died in 1865, and in 1871 Mr. Jett married Mrs. Caroline Cromwell Giltner, a native of Fayette County.  To the first marriage of Mr. Jett there were born three children:  Martha J. (Mrs. Reid), Matthew Edgar and William L.  The last named was born in 1841, and was a Confederate soldier, married Miss Susan Gresham, of Monroe County, Georgia, and was appointed post office inspector under Cleveland.  Peter Jett has been chairman of the Franklin County Democratic County Committee for twenty years.

Thomas Strother Chapman Biography

This is a bit longer than most biographies from the 1880’s, but gives a marvelous picture of the life of the man and his family.

from – History of Union County, Kentucky, 1886

Thomas Strother Chapman (deceased) was the son of John Strother and Polly Casey (Waggener) Chapman.  His father was born in Frederick County, Virginia, March 28, 1784, came to Union County among its earliest settlers; and died at his home in Union County October 12, 1851.  Subject’s mother was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, July 24, 1788, and died in Union County September 12, 1848.  His grandfather, Thomas Chapman, was a Virginia planter of the old school, a fine gentleman, and one of the largest land owners in the old Dominion; was born there in 1753, and died in 1795.  This Thomas Chapman’s widow, Sarah (Bell) Chapman, survived him several years, and died in Henderson, 1809.  The great grandfather of our subject was James Chapman, who was an Englishman that married a Welsh lady.  Our subject’s maternal grandfather was John Waggener, who was born in Berkeley County, Virginia, and died in Shawneetown, Illinois, May 1, 1820.

Our subject, Thomas S. Chapman, was born near Spring Grove on what is known as the old Coonts tract, February 2, 1811.  His schooling was undoubtedly good, and embraced everything that would go to make up a thorough businessman.

On February 20, 1834, Mr. Chapman married Prudence Huston, in Daviess County, Kentucky.  She is the daughter of Benjamin and Hannah (Friley) Huston, whose ancestry and parentage are described in the sketch of her brother, Judge George Huston.  Mrs. Chapman was born January 17, 1817, and now at her advanced age, is a lady of more than ordinary sprightliness and magnificent memory.

The children of this couple are among the most prominent people of the county, and are engaged in all the avocations and professions.  Thomas Huston married Ann Taylor, the daughter of Dr. Gipson Taylor, and has four children, two of whom are dead.  John Strother married Hettie Hite, and they are both dead, leaving four children, two of whom have died.  Andrew Jones married Virginia Cowan, the granddaughter of I. A. Spalding, Sr.  Mary Huston married John W. Offutt, who has eleven children, two of whom are dead.  Ben Johnson married Matilda Ray, and has two children.  George Huston married Emma Holmes, and has three children, one of whom is dead.  Cooke married Mamie Robinson, and has six children, one of whom, with its mother, is dead.  James Williams married Florence Harding, and has five children, one of whom is dead.  Lucy Allen married A. W. Mason, and has two children.  Samuel Casey is still single and at home with his mother.  Addie Gale married C. L. Long, and has two children.  Thomas H. is a merchant in Uniontown; Jones is one of the proprietors of the Grand Hotel in Uniontown; George H. is a practicing physician in Uniontown; Williams, Cooke and Ben, and John Offutt are farmers living near Morganfield.  A. W. Mason and Casey are merchants in Morganfield, and C. L. Long is an attorney-at-law in Morganfield.

Mr. Chapman was a Whig in politics until that party went to pieces, when he entered the Democratic Party.  He was called from private life to the office of county clerk, which he held for eight years, making a most efficient officer, and becoming so thoroughly acquainted with the office that he was always called upon thereafter when a stress of work compelled the incumbent to ask for aid.  He was also elected to the office of County Judge, and fulfilled its duties for four years.  After he served out his term as Judge he retired to private business, and managed his farm the rest of his days.  Mr. Chapman’s home is a beautiful brick standing near the north end of Main Street, containing eight rooms.  In this house our subject breathed his last on December 10, 1877.  He was a member of the Methodist church, of which denomination Mrs. Chapman has been a member for thirty years.  In estimating Thomas Strother Chapman’s character we are guided solely by the opinions of his neighbors and friends who knew him best.  According to these witnesses he was a man of much more than ordinary powers; a courteous, kind and pleasant gentleman, and a loving, indulgent father and husband.  He has left the imprint of these qualities upon his children, and will be long remembered for his distinguishing traits.

Captain Stephen T. Drane Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Shelby County

Captain Stephen T. Drane, a prominent farmer and citizen of Shelby County, Kentucky, was born in that county January 25, 1808.  He is a son of Stephen and Priscilla Sprague Crabb Drane, who were born in Prince George County, Maryland.  His father was born in 1768 and died in September 1844.  He settled on the farm where our subject now resides in 1801.  He was prominent in the military circles of his day, being a militia captain.  Mr. Drane never attended college, but received a practical education.  During the war he was a decided Union man.  He married, on May 1, 1828, Miss Birthia Ford, a native of Shelby County, and a daughter of Spence Ford (deceased) and Susan (Bright) Ford.  They were natives of South Carolina and came to Shelby County, Kentucky, about 1796, settling on the headwaters of Fox Run Creek, and in early times operated a horse-power mill which ground both wheat and corn, and ‘hand-bolted’ and supplied the people.  Mr. Drane has six children living:  Edward, Albert G., Merritt, Leonard, Mary, William P.; Stephen and Richard are deceased.  Captain Drane represented the county in the Lower House of the Legislature in 1856 and 1857.  Previous to this he served in the capacity of justice of the peace of the county.  His farm near Eminence contains 419 acres.

Mr. Drane’s parents are buried in Eminence Cemetery, Henry County, Kentucky:

img_1937Stephen Drane, born September 18, 1768, died December 4, 1844.

img_1939Priscilla Sprague Drane, born January 11, 1765, died November 14, 1831.


Euclid H. Covington Biography

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1885

Calloway County

Euclid H. Covington, proprietor of the Covington House, was born in Calloway County, December, 1840.  His father, William H. Covington, was born in Warren County, Kentucky, near Bowling Green, January 25, 1813.  During his boyhood days educational advantages were limited, but having fine natural abilities, and improving his time in home studies, when not working on the farm, he was enabled later in life to fill with honor the several eminent positions of trust conferred upon him.  While yet a boy he began teaching, and dealing in stock, and when a young man made several trips with the same to New Orleans; he was generally successful in his dealing, and at an early age came to Calloway County, and located on a farm, the county being then poorly.  At the breaking out of the war, he was a Whig and staunch Union man, and during the war was well known as such by the Federal authorities with whom he had great influence, which he used in the interests of his county and her citizens.  He suffered heavily at the hands of guerrillas of both armies; and was finally broken financially.  In 1865 he was elected as a Democrat to an adjourned session of the State legislature, and the same year was re-elected for two years.  January 15, 1834, he married Mildred H. Spillman, which union has given seven children, only three of whom are living.

Euclid H. Covington, the subject of these lines, was reared on the farm and attended the district schools and the Murray Institute; then he clerked in his father’s store and next accepted position as deputy county clerk; for many years subsequently he was interested in the mercantile and tobacco business, at one time manufacturing plug and twist tobacco in Murray on an extensive scale; in partnership with two others he built the Murray saw and grist meal, which is still in operation; in 1872 he was appointed postmaster at this place, but resigned two years later and engaged in the hotel business, to which he has since given his attention with good success.  August 2, 1861, he married Lucy B. Curd, an accomplished daughter of Captain Edward Curd, of Mexican War fame.  They have three children living:  Gustavus C., William E. and Curtis C.  Mr. and Mrs. Covington are devout members of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which he is a trustee.  He is also a member of the Masonic and Knights of Honor fraternities.

David Keefer Biography

How interesting that so many in the family were flour millers!

from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Kenton County

David Keefer was born in Maryland, May 20, 1824, and is a son of William and Sarah (Euker) Keefer, natives, respectively, of Maryland and Pennsylvania.  William Keefer was a miller by trade.  David Keefer was educated in Maryland, and in 1844 commenced the milling business with his uncle, W. C. Landess.  In 1850 he began in the same business for himself in his native state, but in 1857 he went to Parkersburg, Virginia.  In 1861 he removed to Maysville, Kentucky, where he again engaged in the flour milling business until 1876; he then settled in Covington, where he built a large flour mill on the corner of Fifth and Craig Streets.  He married, in Maryland, in 1848, Miss Isabella Morrison, a native of Maryland, who was born in 1828, and is a daughter of David Morrison and Harriett (Landess) Morrison, the former a farmer.  Five children blessed this union, all of whom were born in Maryland:  Hattie (deceased); William Scott Keefer, who married Miss Helen Holcombe, and is now living in Covington, Kentucky, a flour miller; George M. Keefer, who married Miss Jessie Holcombe in 1882, and resides in Covington, is a miller, and works with his father; Virginia Keefer, who married, in 1877, Charles C. Dobyns, a lumber dealer in Maysville, Kentucky; and Douglas, married to James Robinson, of Maysville, also a flour miller.  The subject’s paternal grandfather was also a miller.  David Keefer is a Protestant in religion, a Democrat in politics, and is a member of the I. O. O. F.