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Pulliam, Robert F., Col.

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Pulliam, Robert F., Col.
February 21, 2007 04:27PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Allen County.

COL. ROBERT F. PULLIAM is a native Kentuckian, born in Allen County,
April 8, 1850. He is a son of Robert F. and Evelyn (Ellis) Pulliam, who
were of Scotch-Irish lineage and natives of Kentucky. The former was
born in 1805, and lived to the age of sixty-three years; his life was
principally spent in agricultural pursuits, and he accumulated a
handsome property; he held the office of sheriff of Allen County for
fourteen years, and while serving in that capacity he executed the first
criminal ever hung in Scottsville; he afterward held the office of
circuit court clerk for twelve years. Mrs. Evelyn (Ellis) Pulliam was
born in 1808, and is now in her seventy-seventh year; she and her
husband have throughout their lives been noted for their hospitality and
their zeal in the cause of religion. Robert F. Pulliam, Sr., was a son
of Joseph Pulliam, a native of Culpeper County, Va., and one of a family
of nine sons and seven daughters; he came to Kentucky with his parents
in an early day, and located in Hart County, on Green River. Later he
married a daughter of Joseph Fickland, one of the first settlers of
Allen County, and to them were born two children: Margaret and Robert.
In the early history of Kentucky the venerable Bishop Asbury found a
home with Joseph Fickland and wife, and was entertained at the house in
which Col. Pulliam now resides. Col. Pulliam's maternal grandfather,
Ellis, was a native of Virginia; he came to Kentucky at an early day,
and made his home for a time near Lexington, where he married Miss
Biddie Cushenberry, and afterward removed to the Green River country,
where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits. He died early and left a
widow and three children; the widow afterward married Johnson J.
Cockrell, who was the first representative of Allen County in the State
Legislature, and their's was the first child born in Scottsville. Col.
Robert F. Pulliam is the youngest of a family of eleven children; he was
born on the farm where he now resides. At the age of eighteen he had
acquired a good common school education, and then entered Browder's
Institute in Logan County, where he graduated in English literature and
mathematics; he then chose the business of commercial traveler, which he
followed for five years with the firm of Crump & Davidson, of
Louisville, and two years with John P. Merton & Co. Then at the
solicitation of his mother he returned home and took charge of the farm,
and has since been engaged in farming and stock raising, with excellent
success; his strict integrity and business ability soon gained for him
the confidence and esteem of all who knew him. He is a Democrat; has no
political aspirations for himself, but in political contests he wields a
strong influence in favor of his friend, so much so, indeed, that in the
year 1873 his influence carried the nomination for governor in his
county for Proctor Knott, when the odds were fifty to one in favor of
Thomas L. Jones, and for which favor he received the honor of a
commission as colonel on the gubernatorial staff. The Colonel is a
Master Mason, and a member of Antiquity Lodge, No. 113. He is not a
member of any church; his religious views are based on charity for all
religious opinions, and the sacred fulfillment of busines obligations.
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