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Pitchford, Theodore D.

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Pitchford, Theodore D.
February 21, 2007 04:25PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Allen County.

THEODORE D. PITCHFORD as born May 16, 1832, on the banks of Barren
River, Allen County, Ky. He is the eldest and only boy of six children
born of David and Eveline (Parrish) Pitchford. His father was born and
reared in Allen County; was by occupation a farmer; was appointed deputy
sheriff before he became of age and afterward was elected sheriff. He
was a substantial farmer and slave owner. He was the son of Eli
Pitchford, who had married three times, and who came from North Carolina
and settled in Allen County about 1800. He was a colonel of militia in
early muster days; held the office of magistrate for several terms and
also held the office of sheriff. He was a farmer, owned several negroes
and was of English descent. Our subject's mother was born in Edmonson
County, Ky., came with her parents to Allen County about 1830, and
settled on Barren River. The parents were of English descent. Theodore
D. was reared on a farm and remained with his parents until the age of
twenty-two, when he started in life for himself. He married, October
25, 1864, Sallie B. Foster, of Allen County, a daughter of George and
Mary (Whitney) Foster, who were natives of Kentucky and of English
descent. Our subject had born to him by this marriage five children:
Agnes E. (Holden), William T., Mary Susan, Sarah Jane and James S., last
two twins. Mrs. P. died September 25, 1872, a devoted member of the
Baptist Church. Mr. P. next married, January 15, 1876, Sallie, a
daughter of Samuel E. and Sarah (Downing) Carpenter. Mr. P. located
where he now resides, in October, 1864, about one mile from Barren
River. He owns 1,550 acres of land, 600 of which are under cultivation,
improved with good buildings, etc., all of which he has acquired by his
own industry, having started in life without capital. His wife owned
about twelve negroes when the war broke out. Mr. P. cast his first vote
for Filmore, in 1856, and since the war has been a Democrat. He is one
of the most successful men in the county.
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