Richard H. Bishop

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Richard H. Bishop, born March 5, 1835, in Fleming County, Ky., is a son of David and Rebecca (Ferguson) Bishop, natives of Ohio and Kentucky. His father moved to Kentucky when a young man. When Richard was five years old his father moved to Park County, Ind., and lived there till his death in the winter of 1876, at the age of seventy-seven years. His mother died in 1872, aged sixty-two years. They left a family of two sons and five daughters. Richard H. lived at home till he was twenty-one. After his fourteenth year he was obliged to earn his own living and assist his parents. During this time he learned the plasterer’s trade. In December, 1863, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-ninth Indiana Infantry and served a year, the regiment being mustered out in the winter of 1864-‘5. In 1865 he came to Daviess County, and lived a year in Murray Precinct. He then came to Owensboro and worked at his trade two years. He then was employed as clerk in the grocery store of Mitchell Hanley; engaged to work three months and stayed six years and a half, never losing a day. In the winter of 1875 he was appointed revenue gauger and still holds the position. He has been assigned to every distillery of any size in the Third District of Kentucky. In the winter of 1878 he bought an interest in the grocery of L.D. Cruse, but sold his interest in the winter of 1879. He has been a member of the Odd Fellows for ten years and has filled every chair in the order except that of Noble Grand; was elected to that office, but was unable to serve on account of absence from the city. He was married July 27, 1858, to Vienna, daughter of Thos. W. Salmon, of Daviess County. They have three children – John W., Lena Lillian and Lorena. Their eldest child, Deliahaman, died when eight months old.

Source: History of Daviess County, Kentucky. Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1883. Print.