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Massie, Charles Wade

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Massie, Charles Wade
March 15, 2007 05:44PM
Lawyers and Lawmakers of Kentucky, by H. Levin, editor, 1897. Published
by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago. Reprinted by Southern Historical
Press. pp. 336-37. Daviess County.
CHARLES WADE MASSIE, of Owensboro, was born in Bedford county, Virginia,
November 18, 1845. His father, John Massie, a tobacconist, was a native
of Amherst county, Virginia, descending from ancestry who emigrated from
England in the early part of the eighteenth century and settled in the
Old Dominion. In 1846 he removed to Ohio county, Kentucky, and in 1865
took up his residence in Daviess county. He married Theodosia Frances
Wade, who was born in Bedford county, Virginia, a daughter of John Wade,
a planter, of Virginia, of English ancestry. His maternal grandfather,
Jesse Reynolds, was one of the heroes of the Revolution who fought for
the independence of the colonies.
Judge Massie was brought to Kentucky during his infancy and acquired
his elementary education in the common schools of Ohio county, after
which he pursued his studies in the seminary in Whitesville, Kentucky. He
was prepared for the practice of law in the office of John C. Townsend,
at Hartford, Kentucky, and was admitted to the bar in September, 1871; he
at once entered upon the practice of his chosen profession, to which he
has since devoted his energies. His career has been a success, but his
desire for success is subordinate to his love of justice, which fact has
made his course an unimpeachable one. In 1882 he was elected county
judge of Ohio county, and filled the office for two terms, winning high
encomiums from the bar and the public by his unswerving fidelity to duty
while on the bench. In 1893 he removed to Owensboro and entered into
partnership with Hon. Joe Noe, but still has a large clientage in Ohio
county. He has been connected with some of the most important cases that
have come up in that county, and was attorney for the defendants in
several murder trials. His intellectual vigor, his keen discrimination
and careful preparation have enabled him to familiarize himself with every
question involved in a case entrusted to him, and he has invariable sought
to present his argument in the strong, clear light of common sense and
sound legal principle.
On the 20th of October, 1864, Judge Massie married Miss Martha S.
Ford, who died November 24, 1892. He was again married June 4, 1894, to
Mrs. Millie A. Ralph. He has nine children by the first union: Elisha S.,
Nora H., Nancy E., Everett L., Zenobia, Mary T., Joseph D., James C. and
John Carlisle.
Judge Massie is a member of the Baptist church, and a Democrat in
his political faith. He is also a member of the Masonic fraternity. Of
amiable and generous disposition, courteous manner and fluent speech, he
is a valued addition to any society, while his upright and just life has
won him the confidence of the people and the high respect of his fellow
members of the bar.
Massie Wade Noe Reynolds Townsend Ford Ralph
Ohio-KY Bedford-VA Amherst-VA England

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