Saturday, June 24, 2017


CHARLES W. MASSIE was born November 18, 1845, in Bedford County, Va., and is the eldest of twelve children born to John and Theodocia Frances (Wade) Massie, both still living. John Massie was born in Amherst County, and his wife in Bedford County, Va., and followed the carpenter's trade until 1847, when he came West and located in Ohio County, Ky., where he engaged in farming and worked at his trade eighteen years. He then moved to Daviess County, Ky., where he resided until recently, when he removed to Owensborough (sic), Ky., and engaged in the tobacco business. He has been successful in his business career. He is a member of the Baptist Church. Charles W. was reared and educated in Ohio County, save a short time when he attended the Whitesville Seminary in Daviess County. At the age of nineteen he began for himself by farming, which he followed until 1876; while farming he began the study of law, at home, and after five years' study was admitted to practice, which he conducted in connection with farming until 1876, when he moved to Hartford and gave his exclusive attention to law. In August, 1882, he was elected judge of the county court, his present position. He still carries on the practice of law in other courts, and has a high standing as a judge and lawyer. October 20, 1864, he married Miss Martha S. Ford, daughter of David and Emily Ford, of Ohio County. By this union they have nine children: Elisha S., Nora H., Nancy B., Everett L., Zenobia, Mary T., Joseph B., James C., and John C.  Judge Massie belongs to the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and his wife to the Baptist Church.

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

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