Wednesday, September 2, 2015


JOHN DOHERTY was born in the county Donegal, Ireland, in 1836, and is a son of Owen and Hannah (Sweney) Doherty. Owen Doherty was married in his native country, where he was engaged in farming and contracting all his life. He and his wife were life-long members of the Catholic Church. John Doherty received but little education in youth in his native land, where he was mainly engaged in farming until he was nineteen years of age. In April, 1855, he landed in the United States, first going to West Virginia, where he was engaged in railroading for several months. He then removed to Pittsburgh, Penn., where he was engaged in flat-boating down the rivers to New Orleans until the breaking out of the war. In 1861 he was employed in the ordnance department of the United States forces of Louisville, Ky., and immediately after the capture of Nashville, Tenn., by the Federals he was transferred to that city where he remained about three years. He then engaged in the liquor business at Nashville, remaining about one year. In the summer of 1865 he made a visit to Ireland, remaining until the fall of that year. In 1867 he engaged in the liquor trade at Mt. Vernon, Ky., where he remained about two years and then returned to Nashville, where he was engaged in the same business for a time. In the spring of 1870 he came to Rockport, Ohio County, where he has since been engaged in the liquor and grocery trade. He is also engaged in farming and stock raising. Mr. Doherty was also engaged in the coal business in Ohio County. He, Smith, Keith & Co. opened the Rockport Mines, now known as the Echol Mines, of which he yet owns a portion of the stock. In addition to the above, Mr. Doherty also owns valuable property in Rockport. He was married, May 29, 1882, to Maggie Doherty, a native of Louisville, Ky. They have one child — Owen, born February 8, 1885. Both are members of the Catholic Church. In politics Mr. Doherty is a Democrat.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Wednesday, August 26, 2015


EDWARD DAVISON, Ohio County, was born December 30, 1830, in Grayson County, Ky.; removed with his parents to Breckinridge County in 1836, where he was reared to manhood, and in 1854 located in Ohio County, where he has by industry, frugality and strict adherence to business become one of the leading business men in the county. His father, William Davison, a native of Washington County, Ky., born in 1804, and in childhood removed with his parents to Grayson County, where he served as magistrate for many years, and died in 1872. He was the son of Edward Davison, who died in 1830. William married Elizabeth, daughter of William Eobinson, of Breckinridge County, born in 1812, and died in 1883. From this union sprang our subject, Margaret A. (married to Henry R. Dean), and Samuel. February 22, 1853, Edward Davison married Mary J., daughter of Francis and Jane (Mason) Lendrum, of Grayson County, born in 1832, and died in 1865, and to them were born William F. (deceased), Amanda (married to John Godsey), Samuel, Lillie B. (married to Cicero Whittinghill), and Charles. Mr. Davison was next married January 1, 1867, to Amanda F., daughter of William and Sallie (Herndon) Blaine, of Grayson County, born July 21, 1839, and to this union were born Edward W., Virgil, Henry, Anderson, and Russell E.  Mr. Davison has, on the place where he now resides, been engaged in merchandising, lumbering and general
trading, in which he has met with encouraging success. He has always been a farmer and extensive dealer in stock, and is now title owner of 2,000 acres of land, 1,300 of which are in a good state of cultivation, well improved, etc. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity and a Democrat. Mrs. D. is a member of the Christian Church. Her father was a soldier in the war of 1812.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note: Mr. Davison died 12 Dec 1910 in Ohio County. He is buried in a family cemetery in Fordsville, Ohio County.

Saturday, August 22, 2015


ELDER JAMES CLINTON DAVIS, Ohio County, was born March 29, 1834, in Roane County, Tenn. At the age of six years he removed with his parents to Warren County, Ky., and in 1848 to Ohio County, where he has since resided. His father, Alexander H. Davis, now living, was born in Roane County, Tenn., in I8l5. He is the son of James Davis, of Roane County, who died about 1880, over one hundred years of age. Alexander H. married Sarah N., daughter of David and Polley (Tootles) Liles, of Roane County. She was born March 29, 1815, and died in 1850. This union was blessed by the birth of the following-named children: James C, William H. (died in the army), John T., Thomas L., Nancy J. (Sanderford), Benjamin M., George L., and Sarah (Raley). Alexander H., after his first wife's decease, married a second wife, and their offspring are Isaac N., Reuben W., Mary E. (Ranney), Alexander T., Jesse G., Martha (Douglas), and Luella. In December, 1860, James C. Davis married Melissa, daughter of George W. and Amanda (Thomas) Austin, of Ohio County. She was born June 20, 1845, and died May 30, 1870, and from their union sprang George J., Thomas H. (deceased) and Alexander H.  Mr. Davis was next married, December 30, 1870, to Mrs. Mary, widow of George W. Sanderford, born in 1838, and to them have been born Oma, Gertrude, Judson B., Ophelia, and Finis.  Mr. Davis is a farmer, owing 150 acres of good land in a fine state of cultivation. He is a Mason; has been for thirty years an elder in the United Baptist Church, and in politics a Republican.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Ohio County Politics

Ohio County Politics and
Newspaper Announcements

In the nineteenth century, Ohio County citizens were fiercely loyal to their political and community life, as reported in the weekly local county newspapers – The Hartford Republican and The Hartford Herald.

Strong loyalties and rivalries occasionally erupted into bitter strife among its citizens, turning election time into high-spirited, political county-wide feuds, with outbreaks of ill-feeling between town and county voters.  Rival newspapers often put in jokes and poems about the opposing Republican or Democratic party.

In past times, there were periods when county government offices, such as justices of the peace and court officials, made up a self-perpetuating county court; later came the more democratic period when the buying of votes replaced the buying of offices.  Those days may be past, but the tradition of Ohio county loyalties and rivalries remains as strong today as it always has in Kentucky.

Hartford, Ohio County, was settled by 1790 and named Fort Hartford. It was made the seat when Ohio County was formed in 1798. Hartford was incorporated in 1808 and the Hartford Court House post office opened in 1801. The first Ohio County Courthouse was built of logs in 1800. The present 2015 structure, the fourth, was built in 1940.

 Ohio County 1910 courthouse - home to the local court of law.
                               According to Chad Schapmire, the picture was taken in 1910.                                                                                           Shared by Judith Wilson.

Typical newspaper announcements:

M. L. Heavrin Asked to Announce
For State Senator

In view of the long and faithful service and the eminent qualifications and fitness of the Hon. M. L. Heavrin for State Senator, we the undersigned voters of the Fordsville voting precinct, respectfully petition and urge him to allow his name to be presented in the Republican Convention for the nomination of said office and pledge him our hearty support.

We believe the nomination is due him and urge him to grant this, our request.
E. R. James           J. W. Cheek
H. D. Loyd           S. G. Autry
A. T. Gard             Rusaw Bard
M. C. Basham       Alex Wells
J. T. White             Huston Dewitt
W. C. Petty            Nuton Anderson
J. L. Roberts          James E. Hedden
Jas. Morton            W. T. Whittinghill
W. D. Turman        S. G. Dalton
T. C. Aubrey          L. R. Duvall
John Allen              Geo. H. Hedden
Lafe Byers              Ernest Basham
W. C. Petty             F. H. Hedden
           R. J. Williams        S. P. Roby  
           Jno M. Key            John W. Huff
           W. S. Gaines          Buck Owen
           Mitt Withum          Jesse Newton
Joe Hillard              A. J. Harris
Lafe House            G. H. Roberts
Manul Brooks        Jas. A. Boling
J. R. Murphy          O. T. Cobb
J. W. Smith             S. T. Kissinger
Jas. W. Martin        C. C. Brown
A. Shapero              J. W. Burden
Charley Shown       P. B. Martin
Elvis Hines              J. H. Murphy
G. H. Smith             J. H. Lloyd
Ike C. Adair            Andrew Henderson
Warren Craig          Joseph Eskridge
Dock Oiler               Frank Robertson
Frank Hines             C. C. Baird
R. R. Bransford        M. S. Wise
S. O. Keown            George Holts
James Turpen           J. J. Roberts
Tom Dean                Sherman Rusher
E. Hedden                Joe Hedden
Sherd Basham          George Cheak
Geo. W. Roberts       Edwin Forbes
J. W. Hale                 J. A. Wells

Similar petetions were announced for Hon. M. L. Heavrin on behalf of the voters of Rosine, Ceralvo, Rockport and Aetnaville, with names of each petitioner of the voting Precinct...(much too long to print here).

  Source:  The Hartford Republican,
                May 15, 1903, Image 1

A Call and Endorsement for
Sam A. Anderson

          We, the undersigned Republicans of Ohio County, hereby solicit Circuit Court Clerk, S. A. Anderson to make the race for re-election, and we pledge him our hearty support.  We feel that he should have the nomination from the Republican party without opposition, considering the long contest he had with the Democrats after he was elected to office in 1897.

John Duncan             E. M. Kimmel
W. T. Bishop              J. M. Bishop
W. C. Batton              J. E. Bishop
R. W. Smith               H. T. Maddox
Lige Davis      E. T. Allen
J. T. Carter                E. T. Southard

Robt Webb                A. Webb
E. G. Stewart             Gideon Heflin
L. B. Shaver               W.B. Heflin
W. M. Heflin              Felix Shaver
Sam Shaver

Joel H. Roach             E. H. Morgan
C. B. Baughn              G. A. Ralph
H. A. Babbitt              J. L. Roach
J. C. Roach

Lon Thomas              W. C. Leach
G. W. Stewart                        C. V. Christian
Oscar Autry               J. T. Haynes
S. Foster                     J. R. Johnson
Levi Allen                   Jacob S. Ford
Job Arnold                 Norman Camp
W. M. Miller              Emmett Wallace
Robert A. Miller                    Alex Foster
E. D. Ford                  Elbert Ford
T. H. Awtry               W. W. Gatton
L. W. Camp               J. B. Allen
Ed Tabor                   W. H. Burden
Jas. Perguson             Joe Miller
A. C. James                R. L. Boyd
W. P. Miller               G. W. Bond
W. F. Maiden             James M. Miller
W. T. Jamison                       J. A. Arnold
H. Mercer                   J. W. Ford
C. W. Royal               W. M. Combs
Wm. W. Crowder     M. B. Crowder         

W. H. Davis                J. S. Lee
E. Bowers                   W. M. Murphy
O. P. Willis                 J. T. Tucker
                                         Peyton Sullenger           Len Able
                                         Henry Lawrence           Pal Coots
I. P. Wimsatt              J. B. Wedding
Mark Renfrow          Thomas Whittinghill
W. P. Coots                W. V. Midniff
J. T. Cox                    G. W. Russell
A. B. Wedding                       C. L. Armendt
H. C. Crawford         Joe H. Roach
Wesley Hines              M. F. Jones
Thos. F. Johnson                   A. R. Renfrow
J. W. Thomas                        W. H. Renfrow
Claude Renfrow                    Sam Smallwood
R. H. Crawford                     T. F. Crawford
R. F. Bean                  James Wimsatt

G. H. Smith                S. P. Roby
E. W. Johnson                       G. V. Anderson
T. H. Hedden             G. H. Hedden
S. L. Basham             J. T. White
W. C. Hedden                        Jas. E. Hedden
D. F. Hedden             J. W. Cheek
W. C. Beatty              W. T. Whittinghill
A. P. Loyd                  L. R. Dowell
Ernest Basham                      W. D. White
W. T. Wells                S. F. Aubrey
T. C. Aubrey             D. W. Taul
H. C. Petty

A. B. Stanley              C. H. Stanley
S. H. Haws                 T. S. Williams
E. A. Williams                        W. L. Williams
H. S. Haskins             Hiram Taylor
G. W. Benson

                                        Jno. M. Graham           W. J. Graham
A. F. Grahaffi               H. L. Carter
       W. H. Carter                James Carter   
L. W. Camp               J. B. Allen
C. C. Carter          S. W. Carter
Thos. M. Shultz          Thos. B. Shultz
       W. H. Petty          Jas. R. Whitescarver
Geo. Cummings          Andy Cummings
                                        J. T. Moorman             Ed Wright
J. B. Bewley          Jno. P. Johnson
J. P. Berkley          Walter V. Minkift
J. W. Condor               L. N. Askins
C. T. Gulley              W. E. Coppage
A.J. Thompson          A. J. Coppage
J. P. Petty              T. V. Bratcher
W. O. Cole          J. F. Coppage
J. W. Powers          E. R. Powers
                                             Caleb Wright            R. C. Duff
J. B. Foreman          Charles Carter
                                          H. F. Foreman          S. Brown
Owal Sulnar          F. T. Hardison
H. T. Boling          W. S. Sanders
W. F. Crawford          Matthew Duncan
Johnnie Baker          J. H. Maxwell
J. M. Coppage          G. H. Aubrey
                                          J. B. Rummage          W. P. Allen
Moses Coppage

Source:  The Hartford Republican,
                January 16, 1903, Image 3

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For State Senator

  We are authorized to announce Hon. A. S. BENNETT as a candidate for State Senator from the Seventh Senatorial District , subject to the action of the Republican party.

   We are authorized to announce S. L. STEVENS as a candidate for State Senator from the Seventh Senatorial District, subject to the action of the Republican party.

   We are authorized to announce D. BAKER RHOADS as a candidate for State Senator from the Seventh Senatorial District, subject to the action of the Republican party.

Source:  The Hartford Republican,
                May 15, 1903, Image 1

Older Ohio County Courthouse - Seat of Justice

Old Ohio County City Hall – Scene of Municipal Government

Many thanks to Janice Brown for submitting this article.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Catherine Render Borah

WILLIAM J. BORAH, of Dallas county, is a son of Lee and Catherine (Render) Borah, and is of German extraction. His paternal great-grandfather was a native of that country, and came to Amer­ica in Colonial times, settling in the Susquehanna valley of Pennsylvania, where his son, our subject's grandfather, was born. The latter at as early day came by way of Pitts­burgh, and down the Ohio river on flat-boats, and settled in Butler county, Kentucky, when that country was almost a wilderness. For many years he was engaged in rafting and flat-boating between points on the Ohio river and New Orleans, and died at an advanced age in the county of his adoption.  Our subject's father, Lee Borah, was born in Butler county, Kentucky, February 10, 1808, and passed his early years in flat-boating on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers. He married Catherine Render, of Ohio county, Kentucky, a daughter of Joshua Render, a pioneer of western Kentucky. On account of his wife's health, Mr. Borah came to Texas in 1856, settling in Dallas county, where he purchased 320 acres of land lying on Grapevine prairie, which was then unimproved. He spent the remainder of his life on that farm, dying in 1877, at the age of sixty-nine years. His wife died at the same place, in 1851, and she and her husband are buried at the Bear creek cemetery, nearby. They were both members of the Baptist Church, and were the parents of six children, all but one of whom reached maturity, viz.: Christopher C., who enlisted in the Confederate army at the open of the war, and died from cold contracted on a forced march at Arkansas Post, during his term of service; the next child, a daugh­ter, died in infancy; William J., the subject  of this sketch; Jane, the wife of A. H. Boyd, a Tax Collector of Tarrant county; Martha A., wife of Thomas Powell, of Grapevine prairie; Rosie A., wife of J. P. Terrill, of Elizabethtown, Denton County, Texas.

William J. Borah, our subject, was born in Butler county, Kentucky, August 27, 1842, and was fourteen years of age when his parents came to Texas. His youth was passed on a farm, and in February, 1862, he enlisted in the Confederate army, in the First Texas Squadron, and saw his first service at Chattanooga, Tennessee. After that battle he was in Gano’s command, and was with General John Morgan in his celebrated raid in Ken­tucky and Ohio, and participated in all the fights, marches, thrilling adventures and wild orgies which characterized that most wonderful military expedition. He was with Mor­gan at the time of his capture, and was near him when he was taken. He was captured with the remainder of the command, and after spending a short time at Indianapolis, Indiana, was taken to Camp Chase, Colum­bus, Ohio, shortly afterward to Camp Douglas, Chicago, and after the expiration of twenty-one months was taken to City Point to be exchanged. They were then paroled under instructions not to go south of the north line of South Carolina, but Mr. Borah went over the line, and, being in the vicinity of his regiment, rejoined it, secured a furlough, and was on his way home at the time of the surrender,

Mr. Borah tells some interesting recollections of the  days when he served under Morgan, as well as of the days when he attempted to make his way back home to Texas without transportation or money. He reached home at the close of the war, wearing one shoe and with one foot tied up in a shirt, from the effects of a frost bite. He paid big last cent, $16 in Confederate money, to get across the river at Shreveport, Louisiana. Again at home and the war over, he settled down to farming on the old homestead, where be has since resided. Mr. Borah has one of the richest and best improved farms on Grapevine prairie, and it is the same his father bought in 1856, and has been in the family since. Al­though it was divided at the death of the father Mr. Borah bought his sisters' interests, and he now owns 292 acres of the original 320 acres, all of which is cultivated. He also owns other land in Tarrant county; ad­joining, and is one of the most successful farmers is the community where he resides. It is a notable fact that there has never been a failure on the Borah homestead since it was first settled in 1856. Mr. Borah has the reputation of being one of the most energetic men in the western part of Dallas county, and everything on his place shows that this reputation is well deserved. He is liberal­-minded and a public-spirited citizen, and lends a helping hand to all deserving purposes.

December 12, 1868, he married Miss Lou Terrill, a daughter of John Terrill, then re­siding at Grapevine, Tarrant county, but originally from Randolph county, Missouri, where Mrs. Borah was born, having come with her parents to Texas when a girl. The wife died August 6, 18--, leaving three children: Lee, May, now Mrs. C. L. Dillon, of this county, and Susie. Mr. Borah afterward married Miss Mary T. Bradley, a native also of Randolph county, Missouri, and a daughter of George W. Bradley, a resident of Taylor county, this State. To this union has been born five children, three of whom still sur­vive, viz.: Jessie, Maud, and De Graff. Mr. and Mrs. Borah are members of the Baptist Church, as were his parents before him, and he also takes an active interest in the moral and educational needs of his neighborhood.

Source: History of Dallas County, Texas

Note:  Catherine (Kate) Render was born 10 February 1814 in Ohio County, the daughter of Joshua Render and Mary (Polly) Jackson. Catherine was the oldest of eleven children. She married Lee Borah 22 June 1822 in Ohio County. She died 15 December 1861 in Tarrant County, Texas and is buried Bear Creek Cemetery, Euless, Tarrant County, Texas.

The Render Family
          The writer has but an indistinct recollection of the head of the Render family in Ohio County. As far back as recollection extends, he sees a large, portly old gentleman (Joshua Render, Sr.) whose head was silvered over with grey, and who rode a fat horse. Joshua, George, and Robert Render were his sons and the early settlers of those once thrifty farms in the vicinity of the Render and McHenry coalmines. All were strict members of the Baptist church and industrious, honest, and peaceable members of society.
            Colonel Joshua Render died at about middle age, leaving a family of children and grandchildren, all of whom, as far as known, are doing well.
            George Render, the oldest son, was a preacher, well accepted where he was known, but spent most of his time on his farm. He preached only at such suitable times as occurred, receiving no pay or salary from the churches. He was a man remarkable for his strength and melody of voice, which was pleasing and enchanting to hear.
            George Renders children, so far as recollected, died early in life. Green and George Render, and Rev. James Austin his only grandchildren rank among our best citizens.
            Robert Render would have been a model citizen in any community; thoroughly modest and unassuming almost to a fault, he was a man of unusual good sense and sound judgment. He was seldom passed by when a juror, road viewer, commissioner, or arbitrator was needed, for his good, practical sense and scrupulous honesty always pointed him out as the best person. He left a long line of descendants, none of whom has ever tarnished the name of so good a man.
Source: Ohio County Kentucky in the Olden Days, by Harrison D. Taylor

Wednesday, August 12, 2015


JOSEPH DANIEL was born in Halifax County, Va., August 1, 1832, and is a son of Royal and Elizabeth (Owen) Daniel, both of whom were natives of Virginia and of English descent. Royal Daniel was educated and married in his native State, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits, the hotel business and merchandising until the spring of 1839, when he removed to Muhlenburgh County, Ky., and bought a farm four miles east of Greenville, upon which he resided for several years. He then removed to Tennessee, remaining only two or three years, when he returned to Muhlenburgh County, where he engaged in farming and teaching until his death, which occurred May 10, 1862, in his sixty-ninth year. Joseph Daniel received a good common school education in youth, and was employed on his father's farm until he was thirty years old, or until his father's death. He continued to farm until 1870, when he came to Rockport, Ohio Co., Ky., where he has been employed at the carpenter's trade, the grocery and saloon business ever since. In January, 1884, he opened a grocery store at Rockport, where he is doing a fair business. Mr. Daniel is as yet unmarried; he belongs to no secret society or church; in politics he is a Republican.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Saturday, August 8, 2015


ROBERT J. DANIEL, Ohio County. One of the leading industries of Kentucky is that of raising, packing and selling tobacco, and among the most extensive dealers in leaf tobacco in the county is Robert J. Daniel, who has been engaged in that business since 1850. His operations have extended throughout the entire State, to New Orleans, New York and during the last fifteen years to Louisville, now the largest tobacco market in the world. He owns a large tobacco warehouse, and is one of the most successful business men of the county. His ancestors came from Virginia, walking from their old homes to the new, bringing their slaves with them. He is the son of George M. and Nancy (Tilford) Daniel, born in Cape Gray, Lincoln Co., Mo., August 29, 1829, but returned when quite young to Cannon County, Tenn., and afterward removed to Ohio County, where he was educated. He was married on the 4th of October, 1857, to Amanda J. Boswell, fifth daughter of Henry Boswell, an old settler of Ohio County. She was born April 24, 1884, and received her education in the same county. They have four children: Ella, wife of Oscar Stevens, a druggist at Beaver Dam; Donnie, Robert Lee, and Freddie. Mr. Daniel's father died in 1880, and his mother in 1883. Mrs. Daniels' father died in 1870, and her mother in 1883. Mr. Daniel has associated with him in business, a brother, U. C. Daniel, who was a member of Company F, Seventeenth Kentucky Federal Infantry; enlisted October 3, 1860, severely wounded and left for dead, but subsequently recovered; was all through the Georgia campaign, in thirty-seven battles and skirmishes. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity; was married February 4, 1866, to Mary C. Austin, by whom he has four children; he was engaged in the mercantile business twelve years before entering into partnership with his brother. Robert J. Daniel was also a brave soldier, and an old line Whig in politics, and voted for Henry Clay; has ever since been a Democrat. He is a most prosperous farmer, owns ten farms of 1,600 acres, as well as one of 500 acres of the very best in the State of Kentucky. His corn yielded fifty bushels to the acre. He also has an extensive business in lumbering, and has a regular trade in stock between Kentucky and Atlanta, Ga. He was in the wholesale grocery business six years at Louisville, and had his residence in that city two years.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Mr. Daniel died February 1, 1905 in Cromwell, Ohio County, KY. He is buried in the Green River Baptist Church cemetery, Cromwell.