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Adkisson, Thomas

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Adkisson, Thomas
March 07, 2007 08:42PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1885, Breckinridge County.

THOMAS ADKISSON was born July 6, 1823, in this county, and is a son of
Samuel and Mary (Perrin) Adkisson. (See sketch of Abner Adkisson.) Their
children were William, Allen, Abner, Letitia (wife of Martin McGlothlan),
Simeon, Thomas (subject), Elizabeth (wife of Allen Robertson), and Samuel
R. Thomas Adkisson (subject of these lines) remained with his mother, his
father having died, until he was twenty-six years old, looking after and
attending to her interests. His education was of the pioneer type. During
his leisure hours he read diligently, and by this means became well
informed upon popular questions and general literature. He commenced the
battle of life as a farmer on the home place near Clifton Mills. He
afterward bought a farm in the neighborhood, upon which he lived six
years. In 1851 he engaged in the mercantile business at Webster, having
for a partner Allen Adkisson, and later A. B. Skillman, now cashier of the
Breckinridge bank, at Cloverport. In 1854 he retired and again turned his
attention to farming, which he continued until 1860, when he disposed of
his farm and removed to Stephensport. There he effected a copartnership
with William Moorman in the mercantile business, which he continued three
years. In 1864 he removed to his present home, and, in connection with
John Dent, purchased Clifton Mills, one of the finest merchant mills in
the county. They, with T. F. Board and S. R. Adkisson, engaged in
farming, merchandising, milling and tobacco buying. This business was
continued until 1874, when it was dissolved by the death of Mr. Dent.
Since then Mr. Adkisson has been engaged in farming and dealing in leaf
tobacco, and owns a large and well arranged tobacco warehouse at Clifton
Mills. In connection with Mc. B. Dent he does a large tobacco business.
He was elected deputy sheriff of the county in 1854, under Milton Board,
and re-elected in 1856; in 1858 he was elected high sheriff and served one
term. He was a most efficient officer, and highly popular throughout the
county. In 1870 he was elected one of the magistrates of the county, by
virtue of which office he is a member of the court of claims. He takes an
active part in the deliberations of that court, and has been large
instrumental in inaugurating a series of substantial improvements in the
county. He was married, December 5, 1850, to Letitia, a daughter of
Willison and Hettie (Reynolds) Board, of this county, but natives of
Virginia. They came to Kentucky in 1842, and settled in Hardin County,
and later came to Breckinridge County, where they both died - Mrs. Board
in 1850, and Mr. Board in 1854. Mrs. Adkisson was born February 16, 1832,
and is the second in a family of nine children, seven of whom are living.
Mr. and Mrs. Adkisson have had seven children, viz.: Mary H. (wife of W.
N. Claycomb), Oscar (deceased), Annie, Leona, Frank, Mattie and Ola May.
Mr. Adkisson is a member of the Masonic fraternity and belongs to Johnston
Lodge, No. 294. He has been a member of the Baptist Church since 1846
(now forty years), and with his wife belongs to the Walnut Grove
congregation. He was a Whig under the old political dispensation, but in
the new order of things originated since the dissolution of the Whig
party, he affiliates with the Democrats. He cast his first vote for Henry
Clay for President, and for John J. Crittenden for governor of Kentucky.
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