Subjects of Perrin, Battle & Kniffin 1885 Biographies

From: Kentucky, A History of the State. Perrin, Battle & Kniffin. 2nd ed., 1885, Webster Co.
DR. LORENZO A. ARCHIBALD was born April 11, 1844, in Nova Scotia, where he grew to manhood. In 1868 he removed to Robard's Station, Ky., and in 1869 came to Slaughterville, where he still resides. His father, Dr. David Archibald, of Nova Scotia, was born in 1799, and for the past twelve years has been a revenue collector there. He is the son of Isaac, a native of England. David was twice married, first to Miss Sallie Thompson, a native of Scotland. Their children are Silas, Melville, subject, and Edwin; by his second marriage: Sarah and Wilbur. In youth, Lorenzo A. was favored with a classical education and is a man of extensive reading. He was married September 15, 1875, to Miss Miranda (born in 1857), daughter of Joel Parker, of Webster County, Ky., and to their union have been born Ralph P., Sudie C. and David W. Our subject in youth commenced the study of medicine with his father, and in 1869 attended lectures at Louisville Medical College, where he graduated in 1872. Since that time he has been successfully engaged in the practice of his chosen profession. Dr. Archibald is a member of the Christian Church.

JOHN G. BAILEY was born July 28, 1833, in Hopkins County, Ky., and is a son of John and Martha (Sisk) Bailey. Both his parents were born in Granville County, N.C., and came to Hopkins County when young. The father died in 1833. The mother died August 8, 1872, aged eighty years. Our subject, at the age of seventeen years, entered the circuit clerk's office at Madisonville as deputy, and held that position six years. During this time he also studied law and was engaged in merchandising about two and one-half years. In 1856 he obtained a license to practice at the bar, and since January 1, 1859, has been actively engaged in the practice of law. He has held the office of county clerk of Hopkins County, also county attorney and county judge of Webster County. June 10, 1868, he came to Dixon, where he has since resided. He was married September 18, 1860, to Miss Adeline McElroy of Union County. This union has been blessed with two sons and two daughters. Mr. Bailey has been a member of the Masonic fraternity for the past thirty years, and has taken ten degrees, including the order of High Priesthood.

H.C. BAILEY, Webster County, is a native of Hopkins County, Ky., was born January 3, 1841, and is a son of Richard and Lutitia (Yeager) Bailey. He is the twelfth of a family of fourteen children, and is of English origin. His forefathers came from Virginia to Kentucky, and were among the early settlers of this State. His father was born in Virginia, and lived in the pioneer times and ways of his native State. Before H.C. had attained his majority, he began life for himself; he clerked in a store for some time and afterward taught one public school, at Dixon, which was the first public school at the county seat of Webster County. In September, 1861, he enlisted in the Confederate army, Company A, Eighth Kentucky Infantry, and served fourteen months, during which time he was a prisoner of war seven months, having been captured at the battle of Fort Donelson. In 1863 he went to Illinois, and after remaining two years, returned to his native county. He was married in 1869 to Miss Frances J. Parker, of Slaughterville, Ky. Mrs. Bailey was born March 6, 1852. This union has been blessed with five children, vix.: Blondle, born July 20, 1870; Gratz, January 3, 1872; Froy, December 25, 1874; Clyde, December 8, 1877, and Joel, August 3, 1879. In 1869 Mr. Bailey came to Webster County, and settled on a farm five miles southwest of Sebree, where he resided ten years, and then removed to his present place of residence in Sebree. He now owns 750 acres of land, and is one of the leading farmers of Webster County. He is a Democrat and cast his first presidential vote for Seymour. He is a Mason.

G.W. BAILEY was born in Hopkins County, Ky., April 4, 1848, and is a son of G.W. and Elizabeth (Winstead) Bailey. The Bailey family came originally from Virginia, and the ancestors of our subject settled in Hopkins Co, Ky., where the father lived until just before the war, when the family removed to Webster County. G.W. remained at home and helped his father on the farm until his twenty-second year, when he went to Hopkins County, and commenced farming for himself. He remained in that county five years, then came to Webster County, and continued farming for four years, then sold his farm and engaged in the livery business in Sebree, to which place he had removed. He ran his business for some time, then abandoned it and took up his present business, dealing in fine wines and liquors. As a farmer he was successful, and the same may be said of him as a business man. Mr. Bailey was married, May 7, 1873, to Miss Mattie Moore, of Hopkins County, Ky. They have five children: William, Floy, Linnie, Claude and Myrtle. Mr. Bailey is a Democrat.

JAMES BAKER was born January 8, 1816, in Hopkins, now Webster County Ky., a son of Miles and Fannie (Jenkins) Baker, natives of North Carolina. About 1803 his parents immigrated to Christian County where they remained five or six years, after which they removed to Hopkins County. The father died in January, 1870, aged eighty-four years, and the mother in 1872, at the age of eighty-four years. James was reared on his father's farm, and at the age of twenty years assumed charge of the farm, and raised one crop. The following year he bought 150 acres, and continued farming. He kept adding other lands until he owned 1,000 acres, part of which he has divided among his children. He now owns 241 acres of well-improved land. He was married, in 1835, to Sarah Price, of Hopkins County, who died in 1864. This union has been blessed with eleven children, six of whom are now living - five sons and one daughter. Mr. Baker is a life-long member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

W.T. BAKER was born August 7, 1841, in Hopkins, now Webster County, Ky., and is a son of James and Sarah (Price) Baker. He was reared on his father's farm, and in 1865 bought 164 acres of land, on which he at once settled and continued farming. He has since increased his lands, and now owns about 500 acres, largely improved. He was married in 1865 to Fannie Givens of Webster County. This union has been blessed with six daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Baker are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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