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Thomas 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 parents
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 Counties
Biographical Publishing Co., 1893
pp. 405 - 406

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