Subjects of Perrin, Battle & Kniffin 1885 Biographies

From: Kentucky, A History of the State. Perrin, Battle & Kniffin. 2nd ed., 1885, Webster Co.
JAMES J. HICKS was born in Person County, N.C., September 2, 1820, to William and Elizabeth (Lumsford) Hicks, both natives of North Carolina and of English descent. William Hicks was educated and married in his native State, where he owned a farm upon which he resided most of his life, but was not himself engaged in farming. At the age of twenty-five, he began the study of medicine and afterward practiced that profession for many years. Later in life, he became quite a politician, and at one time was sheriff of Person County. His death occurred February 19, 1849, in his eightieth year. He and wife were life long and devoted members of the Primitive Baptist Church. While he was sheriff he lost all his property in consequence of having levied on some negro property, without taking the property in possession, or taking a delivery bond. James J. Hicks, the youngest of his father's family was employed on his father's farm until he was twenty-two years old. He was then employed at overseeing in North Carolina for two years, after which, in 1846, he came to Kentucky, where he was engaged in the same business for some four years. He then bought a partially improved farm in Henderson (now Webster County), upon which he resided for twenty-three years. In 1873, he sold this place and bought another, two miles north of Providence, where he was extensively and successfully engaged in farming and stock raising until the fall of 1884, when he sold out and removed to Providence. He was married, November 10, 1842, to Miss Anna Peed, a native of Person County, N.C. Ten children were the fruit of this union, of whom three sons and three daughters are living. Mrs. Hicks is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mr. Hicks belongs to no church, and in politics, is a Democrat.


SHELBY HICKS was born in Henderson County, Ky., January 15, 1854, a son of James J. and Ann (Peed) Hicks, natives of North Carolina, and of English descent. James J. Hicks was married in his native State, where he was engaged in farming for many years. In 1845 he removed with his wife and family to Henderson County, Ky., where some few years later he bought a farm, which was afterward cut off into Webster County, upon which he remained until 1874, when he sold out and bought a farm near Providence, where he still resides. Our subject received an excellent education at Lincoln University, in Illinois, and was employed during the summer season on his father's farm until he was sixteen years old, after which he taught and attended school until he was twenty-two years old. He then engaged as a salesman in a drug store at Providence, Ky., for one year, after which he engaged in the drug business on his own account at Cynthiana, Posey Co., Ind. for two years. For the past four or five years he has been engaged with Prof. W.S. Coleman at Providence Male and Female Academy. The buildings, which are large and commodious, are situated on the top of a hill near the town, and are furnished with all modern appliances, and an excellent library. Prof. Hicks was married, December 26, 1883, to Miss Sallie C. Givens, daughter of T.K. Givens. Mr. and Mrs. Hicks are members of the United Baptist Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is now, and has been for several years, secretary of his lodge. He is a Democrat.


HARVEY B. HOLLOMAN was born in Hopkins County, Ky., November 18, 1840, to Miles B. and Amanda (Headley) Holloman, natives of North Carolina and Virginia, and of English descent. When only ten or twelve years old, Miles B. Holloman came with his parents to what is now Hopkins, but was then a part of Henderson County, Ky., his parents being among the first settlers of the county. His father bought wild land in the western part of the county and improved a farm, upon which he resided until his death. On this place Miles B. was employed until he attained his majority, and in this county he was educated and married. His father gave him a tract of wild land some two miles south of Providence, which he improved and resided upon until his death, March 4, 1852, in his forty-third year. Harvey B., at the age of fifteen, commenced to learn the carpenter's trade, and served an apprenticeship of five years in Providence, which has been his home ever since, with the exception of three years. At the age of twenty he commenced at the trade on his own account and has been so employed ever since. For the past ten years he has been contracting. He was first married in 1862, to Miss Mary J. Kirkwood, a native of Hopkins County. Two children, Everett G. and Mary J., were the fruit of this union. Mrs. Mary J. Holloman died in 1865, and Mr. Holloman was next married, in 1867, to Mrs. Joanne E. (Kirkwood) Washburn, also a native of Hopkins County, and a sister of his former wife. They have no children. Mrs. Holloman is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Holloman is a Democrat.


STEPHEN R. HORNER, Webster County, was born in Orange County, N.C., February 13, 1838, and is a son of Jacob and Elizabeth (Murdock) Horner. He is the sixth in a family of nine children, and is of German-Irish origin. In 1857 he began serving a three-years' apprenticeship to the harness-making trade, and afterward continued that business and farming in his native State until 1867. He then came to Webster County, Ky., and for thirteen years has been a resident of Sebree. On coming to this place he opened a boot and shoe store, and also carried on harness-making. In 1875 he engaged in general merchandising, which he has since continued. When Mr. Horner began business at Carlow, Webster Co., Ky., in 1867, he had only $70 to invest, and now he is estimated to be worth about $10,000; he worked at the saddle and harness business there four years, and then came to Sebree, Webster Co., Ky., about 1871. He is one of the oldest merchants in Sebree, and is doing a fine business. He was appointed postmaster at Sebree in 1877, and still retains that position. He was married, in 1866, to Miss Martha J. Bolin, of North Carolina. He is a Mason and a Democrat. Mr. and Mrs. Horner are members of the General Baptist Church.


T.J. JACKSON was born January 12, 1826, in Hopkins County, now Webster County, Ky., and is a son of Beckley and Martha (Brown) Jackson, natives of Mecklenburgh [sic] County, Va. In 1815 the family came to Kentucky, and located about eight miles north of Madisonville, where the father died in 1860, aged seventy-five years. T.J. was reared on his father's farm and at the age of twenty-one opened a store at Carlow with a capital of $400, and also took charge of his sister's (Mrs. Ruby) farm, his store being on her premises. In 1856 he moved to his present location and continued merchandising. He purchased 100 acres of land, and from time to time has added other land, and now owns about 1,250 acres, about 850 acres of which are improved, giving employment to twelve or fifteen hands. He is extensively engaged in raising and handling fine stock. Mr. Jackson has been eminently successful in business, having acquired a fortune of over $100,000. He was postmaster at Carlow for many years. After the completion of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, the office was discontinued on account of the transfer of the stage route. He was married in 1856 to Miss E.J. Morrow, of Hopkins County. This union has been blessed with ten children, six of whom - three sons and three daughters - are living. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and I.O.O.F.


BENJAMIN C. JAMES, Jr., was born in Hopkins County, Ky., November 29, 1844, and is a son of Benjamin C. and Jane E. (Bone) James, natives of Virginia and Tennessee, and Scotch-Irish descent. When a small boy Benjamin C. James, Sr., was taken by his parents to Tennessee, where he was educated, married, and where he was engaged in farming several years. Later he moved to Hopkins County, Ky., where he bought a farm and resided until his death in 1846. He also followed wagon-making to some extent in connection with farming. Benjamin C. James, Jr., remained with his mother on the farm, and at Providence, until 1879. He and his brother-in-law owned a farm one-half mile northwest of Providence, where they were also engaged in agricultural pursuits for several years. In 1880 he moved to the farm where he now lives, some three miles northeast from Providence, which he had bought some time before. Mr. James was surveyor of Webster County for four years, from 1870 to 1874. He was married December 18, 1879, to Miss Helen T. Rice, a native of Webster County, Ky. One son - Thomas C. - was born to this union. Mrs. Helen T. James departed this life February 11, 1882. Mr. James is an earnest advocate of the temperance cause, and in politics he is a Democrat.


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