WILLIAM McKENDREE AWTRY, Esq., was born April 20, 1842, near Rosine, Ohio Co., Ky., where he has always retained his residence. His father, William Awtry, a native of Metcalfe County, Ky., in youth removed with his parents to Ohio County, where he died in 1863, at the age of fifty-seven years. He was the son of John Awtry, who settled on the farm where the village of Rosine now stands, and died about 1835, at an advanced age. William, our subject's father, married Elizabeth, daughter of Samuel Wilson, of Ohio County; she died in 1851, aged forty-two years; and to them were born Polly A. (Pierce), Susan, Bethair (Sinclair), Sarah (Camp), John W., William McKendree, Nancy (White) and Almeda (Raley). In youth, subject's educational advantages were limited, but by careful application he has secured a good store of information and is a useful citizen. September 7, 1870, he married Mrs. Caroline, widow of Lorenzo D. Axton, and daughter of Levi and Elizabeth Allen, of Ohio County; born March 20, 1845, and their union has been blessed by the birth of Elizabeth, William L., Mahala (deceased), Thomas H., Oscar and John L. Squire Awtry is a farmer, having sixty-six acres of fine land in a good state of cultivation. His wife is a member of the Baptist Church. He served the public as constable for some time, and is now magistrate, and a member of the court of claims in Ohio County. He is a member in good standing of the Masonic fraternity; in politics he is an active Republican.
Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895