B. HUMPHREY, a blacksmith at Tunnel Hill, Johnson County, was born in
Calloway County, Ky., November 22, 1846. His father, Alfred
Humphrey, was born in North Carolina. He was a farmer and was
united in marriage in North Carolina with Miss Nancy Pascal.
They came from Kentucky
to Union County in the fall of 1854, driving through by land with their
family of four sons and three daughters and their stock.
Thomas B. was the youngest
of the seven. Mr. Humphrey bought forty acres of land, on
which they lived less than one year and sold out. They then
removed to Johnson County in 1855,
and entered three hundred and twenty acres of land near old
Reynoldsburgh, in Tunnel Hill Township. After living there
five years they sold out and removed
to Missouri, living in Crawford County one year, when they returned to
Johnson County and bought eighty acres at Tunnel Hill, or where that
place now is.
This move was made in the fall of 1860, and there they made their
permanent home, the father dying there April 26, 1873, aged eighty-six
years. His widow
died within a year afterward, aged seventy-six. They buried
one daughter, Martha, a young lady of sixteen. Since the
death of the parents James died in
Trinity County, Tex., in 1874 or 1875, leaving a wife and family on his
farm in that State. The children living are as follows:
William H., of Paris, Tenn.;
Sidney D., a farmer in Tunnel Hill township; Elizabeth, widow of Alvah
Lawrence, who was a farmer in this vicinity; Lucy, wife of Alvah
Dolton, a farmer
near by; and Thomas B.
Our subject was twenty-six years old when he married Margaret Ann
Colboth, who was born in Tunnel Hill Township February 14, 1847, whose
were born and reared in this county. Thomas B. Humphrey and
his wife have lived on the farm ever since their marriage.
March 9, 1890, he purchased a
half interest in the blacksmith and wagon-making business of J. H.
Hailey, and the firm name in Miller & Humphrey.
Though our subject had served no
apprenticeship at any trade, yet he naturally takes to mechanics, and
hence his success at his present business. He still owns his
farm of one hundred and
eighty acres one mile east of Tunnel Hill. He and his wife
have buried three infant children and have eight living, three sons and
five daughters, viz:
Rosa Ann, a young lady of twenty; Ida Jane, Thomas, Edward, Arthur,
Melinda, Julia A., and Adeline, four years old, all at home and in
school except the
baby. The children are conducting the farm, and Mr. Humphrey
gives his attention to his blacksmithing and wagon-making. He
is an unswerving
Republican and Master Mason, and is also Secretary of Reynoldsburgh
Lodge No. 419.
transcribed by Nan Starjak
The Biographical Review of Johnson, Massac, Pope and Hardin
Biographical Publishing Co., 1893
pp. 405 - 406
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