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Poindexter, George, Col.

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Poindexter, George, Col.
March 16, 2007 03:21PM
County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by
William Henry Perrin. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., 1884, pp. 396-397.
Hopkinsville City and Precinct.

COL. GEORGE POINDEXTER, whose long and useful career in Hopkinsville has
made him extensively and favorably known, was born September 24, 1807, in
Jessamine County, Ky., where his father, Peter Poindexter, settled in
1780, coming from Louisa County, Va. Peter Poindexter removed with his
family to Logan County, Ky., in 1825, and died in 1843, at the residence
of his son in Todd County. The mother of our subject was Mrs. Mary Marrs,
widow of John Marrs, and daughter of a Mr. Lard, who was killed in the
battle of King's Mountain, in the Revolutionary war. She married Peter
Poindexter in Kentucky, and died in 1832. Both, having been previously
married, had a family of children - he five and she four; their union
resulted in the birth of six children, making the entire family of
children number fifteen. Of this number George is the only survivor. He
learned the trade of carriage-making in Jessamine County, and came to
Hopkinsville in 1829 for the purpose of establishing himself in this
business, which he did, continuing for more than half a century, and
retiring therefrom in 1881. In 1861 Col. Poindexter was elected to
represent Christian County in the State Legislature, and was again elected
in 1865, serving two terms with acceptance, during which time he was
instrumental in securing to Hopkinsville the re-establishing of the
Western Kentucky Insane Asylum, and also in securing the appointment of
Dr. James Rodman as its Superintendent. For many years Col. Poindexter
has been a member of its Board of Managers, and is now Secretary of that
body. He was married in this county in 1836 to Miss Bettie, daughter of
James McDonald. They have had four children, all of whom are deceased.
Mrs. P. was born in Christian County, Ky., in 1818, and both are pioneer
members of the Christian Church at Hopkinsville. Col. Poindexter is a
member of Hopkinsville Lodge, No. 37, A. F. & A. M., Oriental Chapter, No.
14, R. A. M., and Moore Commandery No. 6, K. T. For services rendered as
presiding officer in these orders, he has been made an honorary life member
of each of them, without dues.
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