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.

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