Subjects of Perrin, Battle & Kniffin 1885 Biographies

From: Kentucky, A History of the State. Perrin, Battle & Kniffin. 2nd ed., 1885, Webster Co.
PROF. HENRY PETRY was born in Brown County, Ohio, June 28, 1859, and is a son of John and Elizabeth (Roser) Petry, the former born in Buffalo, N.Y. of German parentage, and the latter born in Bavaria. When a small boy John Petry removed with his parents to Newark, Ohio, where his father, Henry Petry, Sr., engaged in mercantile pursuits. In early life John Petry learned the shoe-maker's trade, which he has since followed with the exception of the last ten years, when he has been engaged in farming. In 1856 he removed to Ripley, Brown Co., Ohio, where he remained until 1882, when he removed to Mason County, Ky., where he now resides. Both he and wife are members of the Lutheran Church. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. Our subject received a good common school education in youth, and graduated with high honors from the scientific and training departments of the National Normal University of Lebanon, Ohio, in August, 1883. He also graduated at the head of his class from the business and commercial department of the same institution in June, 1882. While employed on the old homestead farm, he was the inventor of an improved farm gate, and secured a patent for the same June 10, 1879. It is said to be one of the best farm gates ever invented. In the fall of 1883, he was employed in the Madisonville Normal School and Business College, remaining one year. In August, 1884, he came to Providence, Webster Co., Ky., where he is at present employed in the Home School and Normal Institute. In politics he is a Democrat, and is an earnest advocate of the temperance question.


WILLIAM W. POOLE was born November 9, 1822, in Nelson County, Ky., to John and Jane (Hueston) Poole, natives of Ireland and Pennsylvania. In 1826, they came to Henderson (now Webster) County Ky., and purchased several hundred acres of land in the locality of what is now known as Poole's Mills. The father, who was a millwright, was born in 1776 and died in 1862, aged eighty-six; the mother was born in 1784 and died in 1878, aged ninety-four. Our subject was reared on his father's farm, and, in 1855, engaged in merchandising at Poole's Mill; this he continued until 1873, since which time he has been engaged in farming. He was appointed postmaster in 1855, and this office he has since held. He owns 200 acres, which include part of the present site of Poole's Mill, and which was part of the farm formerly owned by his father. Mr. Poole was married, in 1860, to Miss Ann E. Stephens of Henderson County. This union is blessed with seven children - three sons and four daughters. Their eldest son, John V., is now attending college at Valparaiso, Ind., with a view of perfecting himself in the study of languages, although he makes mathetmatics his favorite study.


J.A. POWELL, Webster County, was born in Henderson County, Ky., May 8, 1835, son of Thomas W. and Elizabeth (Dorsey) Powell. He is the eldest in a family of twelve children, and is of English descent. His paternal grandfather, Harrison Powell, emigrated from the Carolinas to Kentucky in a very early day. The Powells have been long and extensively known in Kentucky, and have held the first official positions in the State. When J.A. attained his majority he engaged in the mercantile business in Corydon, Henderson Co., Ky., remained there four years, and then for eleven years followed farming. In 1879 he came to Sebree, and engaged in merchandising and dealing in tobacco. In the store he does a business of $30,00 annually, and in 1884 he did a tobacco business of $41,000, handling 565,000 pounds of tobacco. In this article he has traded extensively for fourteen years. In 1879 Mr. Powell erected his present residence, one of the finest in Sebree. He was married, in 1858, to Miss Paulina D. Williams, of Jefferson County, Ky. They have three children, viz.: Florence, Samuel F. and Henry. Mr. Powell has been successful and is worth about $50,000. He is a Democrat; he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.


J.D. PRICE was born March 29, 1836, in Hopkins, now Webster County, Ky., and is a son of Thomas and Delaney (Nichols) Price. The father was born in 1790, in North Carolina, and about 1812 came to Kentucky and located in Hopkins County. The mother was born in North Carolina in 1800, and died July 27, 1872. J.D. was reared on his father's farm and at the age of twenty-two assumed control of the farm, and afterward removed to his present farm, then consisting of 290 acres. He now owns about 440 acres, largely in cultivation, which he acquired solely by his own exertions. He was married January 7, 1858 to Mary A. Wallace, of Union County. They are life long and devoted members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Price is a deacon.


THOMAS E. PRICE was born October 17, 1838 in Hopkins, now Webster County, Ky., and is a son of Thomas and Delaney (Nichols) Price. He was reared on his father's farm; at the age of twenty-one years engaged in farming on his own account, which occupation he has since continued. He now owns 543 acres of land, of which 150 acres are improved. He was married in 1860 to Sarah J. Wallace, of Webster County, and to them have been born eleven children, seven of whom are living - three sons and four daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Price are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.


DR. B.H. PRICE was born September 14, 1853, in what is now Webster County, Ky. He is a son of James and Martha (Sprague) Price both of whom were natives of Union County, Ky. The father died in 1855, aged thirty-eight years, and the mother in 1854, aged thirty-six years. Dr. Price was reared by his grandfather, Erven Price, until he was twelve years old, after which he remained with his guardian until the age of eighteen. He then went to Texas, where he remained some eighteen months. On his return he entered a school at Clay, taught by Prof. W.P. Hanner, where he remained two years, acquiring a good literary education. He then commenced the study of medicine, under the preceptorship of Dr. Jeff Holman, of that place; after one year he attended the Louisville Medical College during the session of 1879-80. He then returned to Clay, where he has since been actively and successfully engaged in the practice of his profession. He was married, October 7, 1881, to Miss Grace Watson, a native of Webster County, Ky. One bright daughter gladdens their home.


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