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fort, Kentucky, 1854. He was in the state auditor's office for six years; became an officer in a bank in Louisville in 1860, was captain in the Twenty-seventh Kentucky Infantry, U. S. Volunteers, from 1861 to 1865— twice declined promotion to major and once declined a proffered commission as colonel, of which evidence is on file in the war department. After the battles of Perryville and Stone River he was assigned to duty as assistant inspector general. Numerous responsible position to which he was especially detailed brought written compliments from his colonel, thanks in orders from his generals, and notice in the message of Kentucky's governor. He was twice elected treasurer of Parkland, Kentucky, highly complimented by the expert accountant and the council, and settled a number of estates as executor and administrator; served in every position in Louisville banks excepting porter and president, and on retiring from the cashiership was presented with a silver service. He has taken part in many competitive military drills as participant, judge and manager.

Captain Grant was initiated in Hiram Lodge, No. 4, Frankfort, Kentucky, in 1859, and singly established Louisville Lodge, No. 400. He received the Royal Arch degree in King Solomon Chapter, Louisville, 1863; admitted to the ninth arch in Louisville Council; knighted in Louisville Commandery, No. 1, was one of two who organized DeMolay Commandery, No. 12; received the Scottish Rite degrees to the thirty-second degree in Louisville, being also Knight Commander of the Court of Honor. He served as presiding officer of his lodge, chapter (two terms) and council; as grand high priest and grand master of the Grand Council; assistant grand secretary of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky, 18771887, as its grand secretary from 1887 to present date; grand secretary of the Grand Chapter from 1891 to present date, and grand recorder of the Grand Council from July 1, 1903. He was a delegate to the Masonic Congress in Chicago, 1893. of which he was vicepresident, and for which he prepared the topics for consideration; also representative to the Washington Centennial, 1899; organized and was president of the Masonic Veterans of Kentucky, 1893-1899; organized and is now president of the Grand Secretaries' Guild. He prepared the manual and tactics for Knights Templars now in general use; tactics of the Patriarchs Militant, the Digest, Book of Constitutions and Code of Trials for the Kentucky Grand Chapter and Grand Lodge; wrote the constitutions of the Grand Chapter and Grand Council; the History of

DeMolay Commandery, history of Freemasonry in Louisville, and "Doings of the Grand Lodge of Kentucky;" a "Vest-Pocket Trestle-Board" Monitor; model (approved) by-laws for lodges and chapter and other manuals. He did practically all the work in preparing the rituals for chapter, council and commandery; was one of the custodians of the work for the Grand Lodge, and editor of the Masonic Home Journal, 1883-1890. He was one of the incorporators of the Masonic Widows and Orphans Home; planned and superintended a celebration of St. John's Day for its benefit that netted over nine thousand dollars in cash; a director in the Methodist Orphans Home; of the Kentucky Children's Home Society (non-sectarian) and of the Local Home Board of that Society; also a director of the Old Mason's Home of Kentucky. He has been active in church work as Sundayschool teacher and superintendent, steward, class-leader and trustee, and originated and helped to establish the most wealthy and influential Methodist church in Louisville.

He married, in 1863, Miss Maria Louise Richardson, whose mother was a descendant of Governor Thomas Bradford, of Plymouth Colony, 1621. The fruits of this union are: Rebecca Grant-Tippett (her daughter Louise and son Loring); Ella Grant-Richart (deceased) and her son Duncan Grant Richart, an officer in the United States army; Henry Rivers Grant, (and daughters Margaret and Elizabeth); and William Louis Grant. The sons are engaged in the American National Bank, Louisville, Kentucky.

Captain Grant is imbued with that fraternal spirit which constitutes the basic element of the craft and which has been a most potent force in the civilization of the world through inculcating principles of mutual helpfulness, brotherly kindness and forbearance. He brings to his duties keen perception, a methodical and systematic spirit and unwavering devotion, and his Masonic service therefore receives the endorsement of all the representatives of the order.

David Bell Allen.—With the exception of a short period spent in the government employ at Louisville, David Bell Allen has resided in Shelby county during his entire life, devoting himself to the care of his family, the improvement of his estate, the cultivation of his farm, the duties of citizenship and the promotion of morality and religion in his home community. When the last item has been entered to the credit of the best type of American, what more can be said than is contained in the above outline of Mr. Allen's personality?

Mr. Allen is a native of Shelby county, Kentucky, where he was born on the 4th of June, 1864. His grandfather, also David Bell Allen, was long a prominent business man of Louisville, whose first pork packing establishment he founded, and he passed his last years in that city. James Bradshaw Allen, the father, was a native of Kentucky, born September 30, 1831, and in early manhood married Miss Margaret Smith, of Shelby county, where he had but just established himself as an independent farmer. The mother was born at Hempridge, that county, in November, 1843, and was a daughter of George and Melinda (Ball) Smith. The father passed away in April, 1897, and the mother, Margaret Smith Allen, is now living in Plainview, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. James B. Allen were the parents of nine children, three of whom reached manhood and womanhood. David Bell is the subject of this biography; Melinda is the wife of Edmund Thompson; and Rev. Louis C. Allen is a Presbyterian clergyman.

David B. Allen was reared in Shelby county, and received his higher education at Central College (now Central University), Danville, Kentucky. He spent six years in Louisville as a gauger in the United State internal revenue service, but with that exception has made Shelby county his home and the scene of his agricultural pursuits. His farm and homestead of one hundred and fifty acres make a comfortable, attractive and valuable country place, the kind which has given Kentucky its deserved reputation as a state of good homes, solid comfort and domestic happiness. Mr. Allen is connected with his college days through his membership with Beta Phi Pi; is a Mason in good standing, identified with Soloman lodge, and is an earnest and a stable member of the Presbyterian church, in which he has been a leading elder for a number of years.

On May 15, 1888, Mr. Allen was united in marriage to Miss Zena Harcourt, a native of Kansas City, Missouri, born April 23, 1869, and a daughter of Edgar and Mollie (Elliott) Harcourt, both of Scott county, Kentucky. Her father died in Kansas City in the fall of 1869, and the mother in Shelby county, in March, 1875. The three of the five children to reach mature years were Nolie, who is now the wife of Charles Freeman, Frank and Zena (Mrs. Allen). Mr. and Mrs. Allen are the parents of Marguerite E., Freeman E., Frank H. and E. Willson Allen. The mother, as also the father of this family, is earnest and prominent in the work of the Presbyterian church.

Graham Brown.—It is but consonant that in this history of the lives of prominent and public-spirited Kentuckians appear a sketch of the career of Graham Brown, who, in addition

to being a native son of the fine old Blue Grass state, has here passed practically his entire life thus far. Born in the city of Louisville, he there resided until 1899, in which year he married and removed to Shelby county, Kentucky, where he is now engaged in agricultural pursuits on a fine estate of one hundred acres.

Graham Brown is a son of John T. S. Brown and the date of his nativity is November 21, 1857. The father was born and reared at Munfordville, Hart county, Kentucky, and he was a son of J. T. S. Brown, whose birth occurred in Hanover county, Virginia, in 1792. J. T. S. Brown, Sr., immigrated to Kentucky from his native state, in company with his father, in the year 1796. Location was made in Hardin county, in the section now known as LaRue county, where the great-grandfather of the subject of this review, by name William Brown, was summoned to eternal rest at an advanced age. The grandfather of Graham Brown died in Munfordville in 1875, at the age of eighty-three years. John T. S. Brown was reared at Munfordville, as previously noted, and as a young man he established his home in the city of Louisville, where he passed away in 1905, in his seventy-sixth year. He was engaged in the distillery business during the major portion of his active career and he was a public-spirited man who contributed in generous measure to all projects tending to advance the civic and material welfare of the city and state at large. On the 23d of September, 1856, was solemnized his marriage to Miss Emily Graham, a daughter of Andrew and Martha (Parker) Graham, the former of whom was born in Tyrone county, Ireland, on the 17th of August, 1813, and the latter of whom claimed Kentucky as the place of her birth. To Mr. and Mrs. Brown were born seven children, of whom Graham is the eldest. The others are: Carrie, Davis, Creel, Emily. John T. S. and Hewett, all of Louisville. All of the sons are members of the firm of J. T. S. Brown & Sons at Louisville, the same being a large distilling business.

In the city of Louisville Graham Brown grew to man's estate and to the excellent schools of that place he is indebted for his preliminary educational training. He was associated with his father and brothers in business until 1899, in which year he purchased a farm of one hundred acres in Shelby county, on which he has resided to the present time. He is engaged in diversified agriculture and the raising of high-grade stock and is recognized as a representative farmer and decidedly capable business man in this county. In his political convictions he endorses the cause of the Democratic party and while he has never been a recipient of political preferment of any description he is on the alert and enthusiastically in sympathy with all movements tending to increase the general prosperity. He is affiliated with various social organizations of representative character and in his religious faith he is Presbyterian. He is a man of chariable tendencies, is warm-hearted and hospitable and holds a secure place in the confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens.

He was married in Woodford county, Kentucky, in the year 1899, to Mrs. Elizabeth Arnold Neal, who was born and reared in Woodford county and who is a daughter of John W. Arnold and Catherine Garnett Arnold, Woodford county, the former of whom died in 1910

Thomas B. Tucker.—Distinguished not only as a native-born citizen of Shelby county, but for his own good life and works, Thomas B. Tucker, late of Shelbyville, was a man of integrity and worth, and his death was a loss to the community. He was identified with the agricultural interests of this section of the state for a number of years, and enjoyed to a high degree the esteem and confidence of his neighbors and many friends. He was born June 2, 1838, at Harrington's Mill, on the Fox river, about four miles from Shelbyville, and was there bred and educated. His father, Asa Tucker, the descendant of a Virginia family, married Ann Fullenweider, whose father was born in Pennsylvania, of German ancestry.

Brought up on a farm, Thomas B. Tucker began life as an agriculturist, and for many years was engaged in farming and stock raising in Shelby county, subsequently becoming associated with his brother-in-law, Robert A. Long, in the lumber trade in Kansas City, where he remained seventeen years, acting as bookkeeper for the firm. Returning then to Kentucky, he spent his last years in Shelbyville, dying in this city May 24, 1910.

On September 8, 1858, Mr. Tucker was united in marriage with Martha Mildred Long, a daughter of Samuel Malley Long. Two children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Tucker, namely: Susie, wife of Edward C. Woods, a prominent agriculturist of Shelby county, living on the Smithfield pike, has three children; and Kate, wife of H. B. Williams, also a successful farmer, has six children and ten grandchildren. Mrs. Tucker, a most estimable woman, who was a loving companion and a true helpmate to her husband, still lives in Shelbyville.

Samuel Malley Long, Mrs. Tucker's father, was born in Shelby county, Kentucky, in November, 1810, and died October 1, 1885, on his farm, which was located three miles north of Simpsonville. He assumed possession of his farm at the time of his marriage, and in its

management took genuine pleasure and found much profit, his operations uniformly proving successful. Prior to his marriage Mr. Long went to Kansas with his parents, Isaac and Martha Malley Long, but returned the following year, in 1830, to Shelby county.

Mr. Long married, in 1836, Margaret White, of Versailles, Kentucky, who was first cousin to Hon. Joseph Blackburn, at one time United States senator from Kentucky, her mother having been a sister of Senator Blackburn's father. She was but seventeen years old at the time of her marriage, while her husband was nine years her senior. She survived him several years, and died in Kansas City, Missouri, at the home of her son Robert, passing away at the age of eighty-eight years. Mr. Long was an earnest and popular speaker in political campaigns, active and influential in party work, and for his services in the local militia when young was known as Captain Sam Long. Of the children born of the union of Captain and Mrs. Long, the following-named are living: Mildred M., widow of Thomas B. Tucker, the special subject of this sketch; Samuel E., of Simpsonville; Robert A., of Kansas City, Missouri; Mollie, wife of P. R. Slater, of Shelbyville, and Lewis W., also of Shelbyville.

Robert A. Long, the second son of the parental household, was born on the home farm in November, 1840, and received his education in the Shelbyville public schools. Going to Columbus, Kansas, when twenty-three years of age, he soon embarked in the lumber trade, his decision to engage in that industry having been the result of a serious conflagration. He had at first handled hay in large quantities, but a severe storm destroyed his hay, and he subsequently sold his hay sheds at such a profit that he turned his attention to the buying and selling of lumber. In 1889, wishing to enlarge his operations, he moved to Kansas City, Missouri, where he has since built up an extensive and lucrative business. He has acquired property of value in that place, and in addition to owning the R. A. Long business block has recently erected one of the finest residences in the city. He is a lover of fine horses and an exhibitor at all the leading horse shows of his own and adjoining cities. He married, at Columbus, Kansas, Miss Eda Wilson, and they have two daughters, namely: Sally, wife of Lieutenant Hayne Ellis, a naval officer, and Lulu.

Herbert P. Stivers, M. D.—Actively concerned with the best interests of his native county and known as one of the representative physicians and surgeons of this section of the state, Dr. Stivers is engaged in the successful practice of his profession in Jefferson county and resides in a beautiful rural home

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