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Triplett, George W.

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Triplett, George W.
March 15, 2007 08:55PM
1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone. Probably published in 1944 by
Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 476-477.
Used by permission. [Daviess]

JUDGE GEORGE W. TRIPLETT: George W. Triplett, the first clerk of the
Daviess County Baptist Association, was born in Franklin County, Ky.,
on February 18, 1809, and came to Daviess County, Ky., in the year
1833. In his public career he filled the offices of County Surveyor,
member of the House of Representatives, member of the Senate of
Kentucky, member of the Confederate Congress, and Judge of the County
Court. He was the son of Hadgeman and Nancy Popham Triplett.
His early education was limited, but at the age of sixteen he
pursued the study of grammar, geography, surveying, trigonometry, and
other branches in a school of higher grade than ordinary. In the
year 1827 he began teaching school in Scott County and taught for six
consecutive years. On October 18, 1827, he married Miss Amelia A.
Head, a native of Scott County. While teaching school Mr. Triplett
began surveying, and served two or three years as deputy County
Surveyor. He came to Owensboro in 1833 with his wife and three
children and settled on a farm near the city. He subsequently taught
school here the following year and after one school term he turned
his attention to surveying and to merchandising. For a period of
seventeen years he served as surveyor and covered most of the county.
He sympathized with the Whig political party and was elected for
three terms to the State Legislature from 1840 to 1848. In 1848 he
was elected to the State Senate and ably represented the Counties of
Henderson and Daviess.
The commencement of the Civil War found Judge Triplett in
ardent sympathy with the Confederate States. In May, 1861, he
enlisted in the service and for three years belonged to the Army of
the Tennessee, first as Captain in the First Kentucky Cavalry; next
as Major in Brigadier General Helm's Staff, commanding the Kentucky
Brigade; then on the staff of General John C. Breckinridge. In those
three years he was never absent on furlough and was absent only one
day from duty. In 1864 he was elected a member of the Confederate
Congress, sitting at Richmond, to represent the Second Kentucky
District, composed in part of Daviess County. He served in the
Confederate Congress till the defeat of the South On his return home
he found his property destroyed and the necessity before him of
beginning life over again. A year after coming back to Owensboro he
was chosen County Judge of Daviess County and occupied the position
until the latter part of 1878.
Judge Triplett had a family of eleven children, six sons and
five daughters. He must have become a member of the First Baptist
Church soon after the organization of the Church as he was a
messenger to the Goshen Association for several years prior to l844.
He also served as Clerk of that Association from 1840 to 1844. At
the organization of the Daviess County Association he was elected as
the First Clerk and continued in that office through the year 1846.
His wife was one of the constituent members of the First Church. He
also served the First Church as clerk from March, 1841, to October,
1857. After that time his activities in the Church are not recorded.
He must have died about the year 1885 as we find no record of his
life after that time.

Triplett Popham Head Helm Breckinridge
Franklin Scott Henderson TN

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