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Subject: William J. FLOURNOY 5090, McCracken Co.
Author: Sandi Gorin
Date: Friday, November 24, 2000
Surnames: Flournoy, Calhoun, Bidwell, Whitford, Jones, Rodgers
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Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp 523-524 [McCracken]
WILLIAM J. FLOURNOY. For many years the subject of this sketch was a prominent factor in western Kentucky. As a minister of the Baptist church, preaching in various localities, and establishing churches, he wielded a potent influence. Of the life and family of William J. Flournoy we make brief record as follows: William Flournoy was born in Virginia in 1811, and in his native state was reared and educated. Coming west to Paducah, Kentucky, in 1833, he engaged in merchandising, and conducted a general store for two years. From 1835 to 1839 he was in the drug business at Paducah, and after 1838 devoted his energies to the work of the ministry of the Baptist church, preaching at various points in western Kentucky, thus gaining a wide acquaintance and exerting an untold influence for good. In 1843 he was pastor of the Mayfield Baptist church. Much of his time, however, was spent in traveling, and he was the founder of a number of churches that remain as monuments to his useful work. Shortly after Mr. Flournoy came to Kentucky, in 1835, he married Miss Jane Calhoun, daughter of Patrick Calhoun, her native place being Smithland, Kentucky. As the years passed by sons and daughters were born to this worthy couple, who grew up to occupy useful positions in life. Their daughter, Mary E., who became the
wife of George Pigeon, of Paducah, died at the age of thirty years; Julia died in 1862, in the bloom of youth; Ellen F. is the wife of Bell Bidwell, of Texas; Kitty is the widow of Colonel Whitford, of Memphis, Tennessee, the colonel having died in 1895; Mathew [sic] W., who served in the Confederate army all through the Civil war, died in 1890, at the age of fifty years; Guita M., died at the age of twenty-two years; James E. is a well-known farmer of Ballard county, Kentucky; Jennie C. is the wife of Boswell Jones, of St. Louis, Missouri; Sallie B. is the wife of William Rodgers, of Paducah, Kentucky. The venerable mother of this large family is still living, is now eighty-five years of age, and is in excellent health