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57 > Image 57 of Union County, past and present

Part of Kentucky Works Progress Administration Publications

THE ERA OF SETTLEMENT 43 H tract of land which became well known as the Richards Farm. The elder Richards died on this farm in 1845 or 1846. In 1820, Thomas Richards married Margaret Givens. A son, Philemon, married Eliza Bell, of Union `County, and to them seven sons were born. They all continued to live on the farm at Boxville. Philemon Richards farm consisted of 345 acres, with an addi- tional 310 acres held in trust for his sons. William Richards, a son of Philemon, was born and lived in Union County, where he V owned and farmed a highly productive tract of 900 acres. The Robertson family came into Union County early in the nineteenth century. Thomas B. Robertson, born near Washing- ton, D. C., in 1808, came to the county in 1819, and there married , Malinda Floyd in 1842. His home was one of the countys best, , and he died there in 1877. Linn Boyd Robertson, son of Thomas, i was born in Union County in 1855. He attended the common schools for eight years and then went to Evansville College where i , he was graduated with high honors. For several years, Linn Boyd 1 and his brother, Posey, who was a merchant in Uniontown, ran one of the best farms in the county, each owning 140 acres. Many fine horses and mules were raised by the Robertson brothers. l The first house erected at Morganfield after the town was laid i out was built by Ephraim Sellers (see Points of Interest) near Y i the famous Morgan Spring which furnished water for the settle- V ment. Isham Leonard Sellers. son of Ephraim, was born in North , Carolina, in 1806, and was brought to Union County by his parents before 1811. He married Ellen Williams in 1826 and lived . in Morganfield until 1842. In 1842. the Sellers family moved into I the country where they remained until 1873. Returning to town, I. L. Sellers spent the remainder of his life there, being past eighty when he died. Isham L. Sellers was a cabinetmaker, schoolteacher, and farmer. At one time he was magistrate at Morganfield. George W. Sellers, another son of Ephraim Sellers, I was the first child born in Morganfield after the town was laid out in 1811. He was a captain in the Confederate Army and after the , close of the war he married Polly Ann Johnson. Mr. Sellers died ~ in 1884, and was buried in the Sellers family cemetery near , Seven Gums. i The Spalding family was prominent in Union County from 1820, onward. Ignatius A. Spalding, Sr., son of Ignatius Spalding i and Jane Pottinger, came to Morganfield in that year. Mr. Spald- i ing was born in Maryland in 1790, married Ann Huston in 1828. i I l E