Selected Hart County Biographies

source - SCKY


 Fitzpatrick, Brown, Towles, Wood, Cobb, Young, Hutton

10533: Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume II, Battle-Perrin-Kniffin,
Vol I, 3rd edition, 1886.  Hart Co. JOHN A. FITZPATRICK as born March 31,
1851, in Hart County, where he grew to manhood; he is a son of John W. and
Mary A. (Brown) Fitzpatrick, who had born to them seven sons and six
daughters, nine of whom are now living: William T., John A., George E.,
Jennie, Virgil B., Slaughters S., Bell, Anna and David. John W. Fitzpatrick
was born in Madison County, Va., in 1823. In 1825 his parents emigrated and
settled in Green County, Ky., where John W. grew to manhood. At an early
age he commenced the carpenter's trade. In 1858 he was elected jailer of
Hart County, to which he had moved to in 1844 and settled in the eastern
part, but since that time has lived in different parts of the county. He
was a son of Edward C. and Sarah A. (Towles) Fitzpatrick, who were born and
reared in Virginia. Edward C. Fitzpatrick was a farmer and also a
carpenter, and died in 1845 aged about sixty-five. He was a son of John D.
Fitzpatrick, who was an ensign in the war of independence, and was born,
reared, and educated in Scotland; he married a Mrs. Wood, a teacher. Mary
A. (Brown) Fitzpatrick was a daughter of John W. and Jane B. (Cobb) Brown,
who were born in Culpepper County, Va., and Taylor County, Ky.,
respectively. John A. Fitzpatrick was reared on a farm and educated himself
sufficiently to enable him to teach, and was considered one of the best
common school teachers in Hart County. He has served as marshal of Horse
Cave, and is now a deputy county clerk; he married Ella Young, a daughter
of William B. and Lou A. (Hutton) Young, natives of Metcalfe and Barren
Counties, respectively. To this union five children have been born: Henry
S., William N., Robert Lee, John A. and Mary E. Mr. Fitzgerald located
where he now resides on 112 acres of land, in December, 1874.


 Hord, Hedgman, Clay, Crenshaw, Field, Perkins

10589:  Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume II, Battle-Perrin-Kniffin,
Vol. I, 3rd edition, 1886. Hart Co. JAMES R. HORD was born in Caroline
County, Va., November 20, 1824, and is the seventh child in a family of
nine children, five of whom are yet living, born to Hiram and Catherine R.
(Hedgman) Hord, both of whom were natives of Virginia, and of English
descent. Hiram Hord was born in 1786; received an excellent classical
education in youth; was married in 1813, and was one of the most extensive
and successful planters in Caroline County for many years - owning a large
plantation on Mattaponi River, and a large number of slaves. In 1833 he
came with his wife and family to Kentucky, first locating in Harrodsburg,
Mercer County, where he remained some five years. While living at
Harrodsburg he bought a plantation in south Alabama, to which he removed
his slaves, but just before the financial panic of 1836-37 he sold both the
plantation and hands on time, and never received but a small portion of his
pay. In 1838 he removed to Barren County, Ky., where he bought a small
farm, upon which he resided until his death, December 8, 1843, in his
fifty-eighth year. He belonged to no church, but was a bright member of the
Masonic fraternity. In politics he was first a Democrat, but afterward
became an ardent Whig, and an enthusiastic admirer of Henry Clay. Mrs.
Catherine R. Hord's death occurred June 22, 1858, in her sixty-eighth year.
James R. Hord received a fair common school education in youth, to which he
has very materially added since attaining to manhood's years. After his
father's death the care and support of his widowed mother and a younger
sister devolved mainly upon him, hence he remained with them until his
mother's death. In 1857 he bought the old homestead, in Barren County,
which he still owns, and in December, 1877, bought the farm of 131 acres,
four miles east from Horse Cave, upon which he now resides. He has both
places under cultivation, but only raising excellent crops, but keeping up
and improving his land, rendering it stronger, and more productive every
year by a liberal use of fertilizers and a proper rotation of crops. He was
married, January 20, 1859, to Miss Sarah D. Field, a native of Barren
County, Ky., and born January 18, 1827. She was a daughter of Joseph and
Lucy (Crenshaw) Field, both natives of Barren County, and of English
descent. Three children - one son and two daughters, all of whom are living
- were the fruit of this union. Their names are as follows: George H.,
Catherine R. (now Mrs. J. M. Perkins), and Lucy. Mrs. Sarah D. Hord
departed this life January 14, 1877, a life-long and devoted member of the
Christian Church. Mr. Hord belongs to no church, but is a bright member of
the Masonic fraternity, having advanced to the Council degrees of R. and S.
M., and having filled various important stations in both his lodge and
chapter. In politics he as formerly a Whig, and a stanch Union man during
the late Civil war, but has since been identified with the Democratic party

#10021: A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by
William E. Connelly, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society,
Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919. Bourbon Co.

WILLIAM V. KELLY, who was one of the early settlers of Rush County and for
a quarter of a century has been identified with business affairs at
McCracken, has enjoyed both long years and a satisfying degree of
prosperity. As a young man he gave his services to the Union during the
Civil war, was a teacher in early life, has done farming, has filled public
offices with credit and efficiency, and has spent many years in business.
He was born in Shelby County, Indiana, April 6, 1842. His grandparents were
Virginia people, his grandfather being of Irish stock and his grandmother
of Scotch-Irish blood. The grandparents and Mr. Kelly's parents are all
buried near Boggstown in Shelby County, Indiana, The grandparents had the
following children: John, father of William V. Kelly; Patsy, who married
Rev. Thomas Shipp, Mrs. William Shipp; Matthew Kelly, who was a mechanic
and farmer; and Samuel, who spent his life in Kentucky. John Kelly, father
of William V., was born in Virginia, went to Kentucky, where he spent a
number of years, and from there moved to Indiana. He was a farmer, and died
in 1864, at the age of fifty-seven. He was married in Bourbon County,
Kentucky, to Elizabeth Boggess. Her father came out of Virginia to
Kentucky. Elizabeth Kelly died in Shelby County, Indiana, in 1882, at the
age of seventy-eight. Both she and her husband were active members of the
Missionary Baptist Church. William V. Kelly was the only child of his
parents. He grew up on a farm, and though his early life was spent in a
time and location where most schools were supported on the subscription
plan he acquired a liberal education. He was in college at Franklin,
Indiana, when the war broke out, and he gave up his college studies to
become a soldier. So many of the students of that institution went into the
army that the school was discontinued until after the war. Mr. Kelly
enlisted in August, 1862, in Company I of the Seventieth Indiana Infantry.
His captain was William Fisher and his regimental commander was Benjamin
Harrison, who afterward attained the distinguished position of president of
the United States. The Seventieth was assigned to the Twentieth Army Corps,
and it was drilled and put in condition for active service at Bowling
Green, Kentucky. From Bowling Green the regiment marched to the front, but
Mr. Kelly was left behind in the hospital. Continued illness finally caused
his discharge from the army without having seen any active service except
participation in a skirmish at Russellville, Kentucky. Having contributed
what he could toward the defense of his country, Mr. Kelly became a teacher
in his home county, and taught several terms there and in Johnson County.
At Amity, Indiana, he had his first experience as a merchant, but after two
years sold and returning to Shelby County resumed teaching in the winter
and farming in the summer. That was his varied occupation until the spring
of 1885, when he abandoned the Hoosier state as a place of residence and
contributed his energies and influence to Western Kansas. Mr. Kelly was not
a homesteader in Rush County, but he proved up a tree claim and bought
lands from the Union Pacific Railway Company. He improved his timber claim,
and that quarter section was the scene of his active work as a farmer in
Rush County. This farm was in Fairview Township. His first location in
Kansas was at Hays City. For three years after his arrival there in 1885 he
was employed as a merchant's clerk. Leaving his farm, Mr. Kelly moved to
McCracken in 1891 and engaged in business as a merchant. He gave up his
store to become proprietor of the Commercial Hotel, and was landlord there
fifteen months. Mr. Kelly was then appointed postmaster of McCracken under
President Harrison, and served throughout his term, during the
administration of President Cleveland and also through the McKinley and
into the Roosevelt administration. He spent almost twelve years in the
office. Since leaving the postoffice Mr. Kelly has served as trustee of his
township, as city treasurer and also as mayor of McCracken. Based upon his
experience as a voter he has a practical knowledge of American politics
going back to Civil war times. He cast his first vote for president in
1864, supporting Mr. Lincoln for a second term. Since then he has never
missed a presidential election, and has given his votes to republican
candidates for more than half a century. The only important exception to
the rule was when he supported Mr. Roosevelt on the progressive ticket.
While living in Shelby County, Indiana, he was elected township assessor
and public land appraiser. He has been a delegate to various county and
congressional conventions. At Hays City, Kansas, Mr. Kelly became
identified with the Grand Army of the Republic in 1886, and has served as
commander of Rush Post, No. 48, has attended state encampments and was
present at the national encampment in Kansas City in 1916. He became a
member of the Missionary Baptist Church in Indiana, and that has always
been his religious faith. He served as a director of the school board at
Hays City. At Amity, Indiana, January 17, 1864, Mr. Kelly married Laura J.
Brown, daughter of Shadrack Brown. Mrs. Kelly died at Denver, Colorado,
October 12, 1910. Mr. Kelly's children by this marriage were: Mary, who
married M. C. Long, pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Streator,
Illinois, and is the mother of two daughters, Bessie and Mildred. John F.,
the second of the children, is now a captain in the Denver fire department,
and his wife's first name is Carrie. William E., who is custodian of the
convention hall at  Hutchinson, Kansas, married Annie Kelly and has a
daughter, Lucile. Harry E., superintendent of the Big Thompson Milling
Company of Loveland, Colorado, has two children, Ruth and Paul, his wife's
first name being Sadie. Ralph W. is an official in the Colorado Mill and
Elevator Company, and he and his wife, Elizabeth, have a son, Eugene, they
having also lost their two younger children, Dorothy and Herbert. Paul V.
is a bookkeeper for the Colorado Mill and Elevator Company at Caldwell,
Idaho, and his wife's first name is Cleo. On May 7, 1914, Mr. Kelly married
for his present wife Mrs. Frances A. (Rush) Scranton. By her first husband
she has four children: Clifford B. Scranton, of Rush County, who married
Myrtle Blair and has three children, Clifford B., Elmer and Frances;
Charles F., of Rush Center, who first married Dora DeMoss and has a son,
DeMoss Scranton, and afterward married Eva Miller and has children Fern and
Flossie; Allie L., who is the wife of E. C. Mott, of Sacramento,
California, and has four children, named Mamie, Rush, Clifford and Manetta;
Grace E., is the wife of Arthur Hayes, cashier of the Farmers Bank at
LaCrosse, Kansas, and the mother of three children, Hazel, Gladys and
Clifford. Mrs. Kelly was born in Fayette County, Ohio, November 15, 1844, a
daughter of Hiram and Maria (Baldwin) Rush. Her father was born in Pike
County, Ohio, and her mother in New York State. Besides Mrs. Kelly the
other children in the Rush family were: William B., of Cloud, Florida;
Emory L., of LaCrosse, Kansas; Sarah E., who died in Star City, Indiana, as
the wife of Dan S. Hall. Mrs. Kelly, with her first husband, Mr. Scranton,
came to Kansas in 1877. He homesteaded and took a timber claim in Rush
County, spent four years in developing them, and then removed to LaCrosse,
where he built the first hotel. This was known as the National Hotel, and
he remained its proprietor three years. He afterward engaged in the grocery
business, served two terms as a county commissioner and at one time was
mayor of LaCrosse. His death occurred in the Soldiers' Home at Leavenworth.
As a soldier he had fought with the Second Illinois Cavalry.


Warrensburg Township Biographies for Warrensburg Township,                                                Pages 687-744 Kansas City Historical Co. 1881.  Hart Co.

GEN. WADDY THOMPSON, an enterprising trader of
Warrensburg, was born in Hart county, Kentucky, March 22, 1835. Came to
Missouri in 1842, locating in Macon county, where he remained till 1854,
thence to Adair county, in 1861, and to Johnson county in 1877. In the fall
of 1877, he bought 300 convicts, whom he worked successfully in the coal
mines at Montserrat for three years. He married in Howard county, Missouri,
in 1858, to Miss Elizabeth Wilkenson, an accomplished daughter of Chas.
Wilkenson, Esq., a prominent farmer and stock-raiser. By this union there
are five children: Fannie, John J., Sue, Gussie, and Waddy, Jr. Two are
dead. Mr. Thompson is largely engaged in farming and stock-trading. He is a
clever gentleman and highly respectable. In politics, a Democrat.


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