Saturday, January 28, 2017


HERBERT B. KINSOLVING was born in Hartford, Ky., October 19, 1860, and is the only child of the Rev. George W. and Tula (Benton) Kinsolving. George W. Kinsolving came with his parents, Jefferson and Mary (Abney) Kinsolving, to Caldwell County, Ky., from Virginia in 1849. He graduated from Cumberland College, Princeton, Ky., and soon after was appointed to the chair of mathematics in the same institution. He was ordained to the whole work of the ministry in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and at the breaking out of the war, was appointed chaplain of the Seventeenth Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. From severe exposure he contracted typhus fever, and after a lingering sickness of six weeks, died, while en route for home, at Ceralvo, Ky., in April, 1863. His wife survived him until August, 1866. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and a daughter of Joseph T. and Matilda J. (Woodward) Benton of Ohio County, Ky. Our subject, when two years old, with his mother made his home with his maternal grandparents, to whose care his rearing was entrusted after his mother's death. He attended the local school until thirteen years of age, when he learned the printer's trade in the office of the Hartford Journal. Then he returned to school in Hartford, whore he took a course in Greek and Latin, and in 1878 attended the Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tenn., where he completed his literary education. He then taught school in Daviess County, Ky., and during the time, while not engaged in the school-room, read law. In September, 1879, he was admitted to practice. In 1882, when less than twenty-two years of age, he was elected county attorney, his present official position. He stands six feet four inches in height, and although young in years and his profession, takes rank among the ablest and most promising members of the bar.

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

Note:  Herbert Benton Kinsolving died 14 Aug 1942 in Jefferson County, KY and is buried in Grove Hill Cemetery, Shelbyville, KY.

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