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Compton, John W.

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Compton, John W.
March 03, 2007 10:51PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Metcalfe County.

JOHN W. COMPTON was born in Edmonton, Metcalfe Co., Ky., June 17, 1839,
and is the eldest of seven children - three sons and four daughters -
born to Joseph R. and Martha N. (Hatchett) Compton, the former a native
of Barren County, Ky., and the later of Pittsylvania County, Va. They
were of Irish and English descent, and were born March 2, 1815, and
December 29, 1817, respectively. Joseph R. Compton in early life
learned the blacksmith's trade at Glasgow, which he continued to follow,
in connection with farming, until his death, which occurred January 30,
1860. For many years he was a captain in old State militia. His father,
John Compton, was a native of Virginia, but immigrated to Barren County,
Ky., in a very early day. Mrs. Martha N. Compton is yet living. From
her girlhood she has ben a devoted member of the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church. Her father, Archibald Hatchett, was also a native of Virginia,
and served at Norfolk during the war of 1812. He, in about 1827,
immigrated to southwestern Kentucky. Her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth
Hatchett, is living, in her eighty-seventh year, and receives a pension
for her husband's services. John W. Compton received a good English
education in youth, at the common and select schools of the county, and
has also very materially added to his early training by his own
exertions, and is a man of wide and varied general information, having
been a close and careful reader all his life. After his father's death
he followed the blacksmith's trade for about one year, and during that
time commenced the study of law, often working with his book open on the
forge. At the breaking out of the late civil war he took a very active
and determined stand for the Union side, and in December, 1861, went to
Columbia, with the intention of enlisting in the Third Kentucky
Volunteer Infantry (Federal service), but when at the picket line a
fight ensued between the Federal troops and a detachment of Texas
Rangers, in which he was severely wounded, from the effects of which he
has never fully recovered. In July 1865, he was admitted to the bar, and
has ever since practiced law with most abundant success in Metcalfe and
adjoining counties. In 1866 he was elected county attorney, and
resigned that position in 1867 to run for the Legislature on the Union
Democratic ticket, but was defeated by forty votes. In 1871 he was
appointed school commissioner for Metcalfe County, and was elected to
the same office in 1873, serving four years in all. He married, March
21, 1872, Carrie Glazebrook, a native of Glasgow, Barren Co., Ky., born
November 27, 1841. She is a daughter of Joseph and Lucinda (Pace)
Glazebrook. Two sons and one daughter have blessed their union, viz.:
Ada, deceased, William G. and Charles S. Mr. Compton and wife are
consistent members of the church, he of the Cumberland Presbyterian and
she of the Christian Church. He has been a ruling elder in his church
for the past twenty years, and is also a member of the Masonic
fraternity. In politics he is a Democrat, and is one of the energetic
and successful lawyers and prominent citizens of the county.

Compton Glazebrook Hatchett Pace
Columbia-Adair Glasgow-Barren Norfolk-VA Pittsylvania-VA TX

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