Kentucky: A History of the State,
Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1886.

Biographies
Allen County, KY

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JONATHAN H. CALDWELL was born in Sumner County, Tenn., December 25, 1838. At the age of four years he was brought by his parents to Allen County, Ky., where, with the exception of one year spent in Warren County, he has since resided. His father, David Caldwell, was born September 24, 1816, also in Sumner County. He ws a son of Hardy Caldwell, of the "Old Dominion," who was born about 1785. David Caldwell was married, October, 1837, to Malinda, daughter of Jonathan and Catherine (Hunt) Davis; she was born March 21, 1818, and bore him the following children: Jonathan H. and Sarah C. (Goodrum). David Caldwell died March 18, 1881; his widow still survives him. Jonathan H. has been twice married; first, January 31, 1861, to Lucinda, daughter of Julius and Rosa (Sherry) Moore, of Warren County; she died October 3, 1866, the mother of the following children: Sydney A. (deceased), Clifford B. and Charley M. May 21, 1868, Mr. Caldwell married Nancy, daughter of Robert and Mary (Nanny) Justice, who was born April 30, 1847. To them have been born Mary M., Hettie E., Fannie A., David A., Jonathan, Myrtie C., Willis M. and Virgil C. Mr. Caldwell has by persevering labor become the owner of a farm of 314 acres - one as good as any in the neighborhood. He is a member of the Methodist Church, and in politics is a Democrat.

JOHN D. CALVERT is a son of Wesley and Elizabeth (Ritter) Calvert, the former of whom is the youngest in a family of twelve children; he was born in Allen County, Ky., on the 1st of October, 1828. Elizabeth Ritter was a daughter of David and Annie Ritter, who were Virginians by birth, and were among the first settlers of Barren County, Ky. She died on the 6th of April, 1882, leaving one son and three daughters, of which John D. is the eldest. His grandfather, John D. Calvert, was a native of Virginia, born in 1782, married Jane Russell in 1804, and soon emigrated from Virginia and settled near Long Creek, in Barren, now Allen County, Ky. He, his wife and one child made the journey from Virginia to Kentucky in a two-wheeled vehicle called a "cart." He was an energetic man, had no education, but was successful in business, and accumulated a large fortune, which at his death descended to his family of twelve children. He died in Allen County, Ky., in 1856, aged seventy-four years, having survived his wife, who died in 1833. John D. Calvert, subject, was born September 17, 1849 in Allen County, Ky. His early education was limited - such as was afforded by the schools of the day - but by close application to study he acquired a fair business education. Until attaining his majority he remained on the farm where he was born. On the 1st day of August, 1870, he married Virginia Gibson, a daughter of Robert and Mary J. Gibson, of Barren County, Ky. They were of Irish descent. After his marriage Mr. Calvert was engaged in farming in connection with the lumber trade, in which he was very successful. In 1880 he was elected sheriff of Allen County, which office he held for four years; he has also served several terms as constable in the Seventh District, and was one of the magistrates of Allen County from 1875 to 1878. Politically Mr. Calvert is a Democrat. He is a man of strict principles, and his business transactions, both in public and private life, have gained for him many friends. He and his wife are consistent members of the Christian Church. He is a Master Mason, and his membership is in Graham Lodge, No. 208. Mr. Calvert is interested in the cause of education, and gives much attention to the culture of the minds of his children, of whom three are living: Caleb, Cora and John.

BENJAMIN CARPENTER was born November 3, 1818, in Monroe County, near Fountain Run. He is the third of four sons and four daughters, all of whom lived to be grown, born to Samuel E. and Sarah G. (Downing) Carpenter. Samuel E. Carpenter was born in North Carolina, and came with his parents to Kentucky when a lad of six years. He was one of the prominent farmers of Allen County; owned a large number of slaves; served as magistrate for a number of terms; was sheriff one term under the old constitution; was also in State Senate one term from Allen County; also represented his county in the Lower House. He owned 1,000 acres and about forty negroes, and was one of the prominent and representative men of his county. He died in March, 1877, aged eighty- three years. He was an honorable Christian gentleman, and a leading member of the Baptist Church; was a Whig and a strong Union man. On one occasion he was taken prisoner by the Confederate soldiers and requested to take their oath, which he refused to do, stating that he would stand by the old flag, the constitution, and the Union forever; he was paroled and permitted to return home. He was a son of Samuel E. Carpenter, who was born and reared in North Carolina, where he ranked as one of the foremost men of his county. He served many terms in the North Carolina Legislature. He immigrated to Kentucky and settled, in 1797, in Barren County, now Monroe County, where he purchased a large tract of land, and owned a family of slaves. His parents came from Germany. Our subject's mother was born in Green County and reared in Allen, and was a daughter of James Downing, who married a Miss Grey. Benjamin Carpenter remained with his parents until his marriage with Jane Orr, of Marshall County, Tenn., in March, 1844. She was a daughter of John and Margaret (Carpenter) Orr, natives of North Carolina. Margaret Carpenter was a sister of our subject's father. John Orr was a farmer, and came to Marshall County, Tenn., about 1800. His parents came from Ireland. To Mr. and Mrs. Carpenter four children were born, but two living: John S. and Sarah M. Hughes. He is a member of the Baptist Church, and his wife of the Presbyterian Church. After his marriage he located where he now resides, on 140 acres; he now owns 200, which he has improved; also owns 160 acres in Kansas, and was the owner of ten or twelve negroes when the war broke out. He has accumulated what he has mostly by his own industry and economy. He cast his first presidential vote for William H. Harrison; since the war has been a Democrat.

JOHN S. CARPENTER was born July 8, 1855, on the banks of Long Creek, Allen County, Ky., and is a son of Benjamin and Jane (Orr) Carpenter, with whom he remained until eleven years of age, when he entered Erskine College, South Carolina, from which he graduated in the spring of 1874; after which he commenced the study of law with G. M. Mullian, graduated from law school at Cincinnati in the spring of 1876; after which he spent four years traveling through the States and Territories of the West and Southwest. In 1880 he returned to Allen County and located at Scottsville, where he engaged in the practice of law, with marked success. January 8, 1882, he married Miss Purvis M. Hall, of Hartsville, Tenn., daughter of T.M.P. and Margaret (Pursley) Hall, who were born in Virginia and Trousdale County, Tenn. Her father, an extensive farmer, owned from fifty to 100 negroes; he was bought to Tennessee by his parents, Richard and --- (Perkins) Hall, when a child six months old. The grandfather, Richard Hall, and wife were born and reared near Lynchburg, Va., and emigrated to Tennessee about 1817, where he was successfully engaged in farming. Since his marriage, Mr. Carpenter has been practicing law and trading. In 1884 he and wife spent the summer in Wichita and Wellington, Kas. He is the owner of 700 acres of well improved land, where he is now residing temporarily, eight miles east of Scottsville, Ky. He also owns 160 acres in Kansas, which he has mostly procured by his own industry; his wife also owns ninety- four acres near Hartsville, Tenn. Mr. Carpenter is a young man of rare attainments and is one of the most progressive men in Allen County. In politics he is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for S. J. Tilden.

TIBBIS CARPENTER was born in Allen County, Ky., February 14, 1853. His father, Joseph D. Carpenter, was also a native Kentuckian, born in 1808, in what is now Allen County. He married Mathenna, a daughter of Thomas Sayers, of Allen County, Ky. She was born in 1819, and is now sixty-seven years of age. Joseph D. Carpenter, during his lifetime, was engaged in the mercantile trade; he died in 1867. He was a son of Samuel E. Carpenter, of North Carolina, who came to Kentucky at an early day, and was one of the pioneers of Allen County, a man of considerable prominence; he was a representative, and also a senator in the State Legislature of Kentucky, and held the office of clerk of the Allen County Court for several years. Tibbis Carpenter received a good common school education and at the age of sixteen engaged in the profession of teaching; after two years he entered as a student in Prof. H. C. Dunn's school, at Rockfield, Warren Co., Ky., from which he graduated in 1873. In the same year he took a situaton in a drug store in Bowling Green, Ky., and studied pharmacy for a time, then engaged in the drug trade at Scottsville, Allen County, in which trade he has continued successfully up to the present time (1885), and he is one of the few country druggists who advocated the "Registration Act," and believed that the law should regulate the sale of drugs and fix the standard of pharmaceutical knowledge. On the 15th of October, 1879, he was united in marriage with Toy Spillman, daughter of T. B. Spillman, of Scottsville, Ky. Effie is their only child; she was born in October, 1880. Mrs. Carpenter is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Carpenter is a liberal thinker, and his religious views are based on charity to all and the sacred fulfillment of business obligations. Politically he is a Democrat, and takes an active interest in politics. In business he has been uniformly successful, owing to his strict integrity.

WILLIAM H. CLAYPOOL was born December 29, 1841, in Warren County, Ky., where he grew to manhood; removed in 1871 to Port Oliver, and in 1873 located at Gainesville, Allen County, where he has since resided. His father, John W. Claypool, also a native of Warren County, was born in 1810; was an extensive dealer in tobacco and pork, operated a large flouring-mill, and died May 16, 1860. He was the son of Stephen Claypool, a tobacco freighter, who died in 1862. He lost a large number of slaves by the late war. John W. married Lottie, daughter of John and Polly Rector, of Warren County (she died July 27, 1855), and their offspring are Sarah J. (Saunders), Luther, William H. H., Frederick J. (died in the Thirty-third Kentucky Infantry), Joseph R., George P. (deceased), John J. C. and Littie (Badgett). He next married Mary J. Mitchell, and their children were Elijah (deceased) and May (Motley). On the 7th of Novembr 1860, William H. H. Claypool married Lucinda M., daughter of Benjamin and Emily J. (Stark) Pulliam, of Allen County (born June 27, 1843, and died February 19, 1882), and to them were born Charles B., John W., Allie, George, Elijah (deceased), Stephen (deceased), and Henry Clay. November 15, 1885, Mr. Claypool married Miss Mary M. Whitney, daughter of Reaves and Catherine Whitney, born in Allen County April 9, 1858. Mr. Claypool was reared a farmer, following milling for many years on Bay's Fork, and for the past fourteen years has been engaged in general blacksmithing, in which he has been very successful. He is a member of the A. F. & A. M., and in politics is identified with the Democratic party

WILLIAM M. CONNER was born June 20, 1837, in Allen County, Ky., where he grew to manhood. He was a member of Company B, Fifty-second Kentucky Mounted Infantry. His father, Elijah Conner, was born August 1, 1813, in Halifax County, Va. At the age of four years he removed with his parents to Allen County. He was a son of William Conner, also a native of Virginia. His father was Charles Conner, who was of English descent. Elijah Conner married, about 1833, Mary, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Wood) Bright, of Allen County, who was born February 14, 1813. From their union sprang Catherine (Supenia), William M., Jacob, Charley, James T., Rebecca (deceased), Willis L., Parmelia E. (Cockrill) and John E. December 24, 1859, William M. Conner was joined in marriage with Cynthia, daughter of Thomas and Parmelia (Lynn) Ayers, of Allen County. They have no children. Mr. Conner received an ordinary English education and is well posted in the current topics of the day. He is the owner of a partnership in a good store, well stocked with marketable goods; is a thorough, self-made man, and in politics an unswerving Republican.

HENRY CORNWELL was born Octobr 27, 1827, in Allen County, where he has since resided (except the years 1856 to 1863 inclusive, when he lived in Warren County). His father, Benjamin Cornwell, was born in North Carolina, December 8, 1796. At the age of five years he removed with his parents to Warren, now Allen County, Ky. He was a son of Daniel Cornwell, also of North Carolina, and was of English descent. In 1821 Berryman Cornwell married Sarah, daughter of Henry and Patsey Travis, of Allen County. From this union sprang Elizabeth (Pruitt), Eliza (Haskill), Daniel, Henry and James (deceased). Henry married, October 3, 1850, Julia F., daughter of Leonard and Nancy (Kirby) Kirby, who was born November 10, 1833. To them have been born James H., Susan (deceased), Robert M., William D., Leonard B., George M., Nettie B., Virginia, Daniel M., Otha A., Henry and Ewing. Mr. Cornwell obtained an ordinary English education and is very apt in mathematics. He started about even in the race of life, but by industry has become the owner of over 400 acres of well improved and productive land in good condition. He is a member of the Baptist Church and of Graham Lodge, No. 208A. F. & A. M., and in politics is a staunch Democrat.