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Subject: Benjamin F. PILE 8514, Graves Co.
Date: Thursday, June 19, 2003
Surnames: Pile, Phillips, Willett, Boswell, Smith
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Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, Kniffin 1st ed., 1885 Reprinted 1972 by Kentucky Reprint Co., Murray, KY. Graves Co.
BENJAMIN F. PILE, Graves County, a young and enterprising merchant at Fancy Farm, was born August 10, 1857, in Graves County, Ky., and is the eighth of nine children born to J.V. and Mary E. (Phillips) Pile, of Washington County, Ky., of French and English origin, respectively. They came to Graves County about 1830, and settled near Fancy Farm, Hickman County. The father owns 500 acres of land in Graves County, and about 160 acres in Hickman County, about half improved. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Benjamin F. Pile has always lived with his parents; he was reared on a farm, and received a good English education; he attended school at Milburn three years, at Mayfield one year, and taught school three terms in Ballard and Graves Counties. He is now engaged with his father in general merchandising at Fancy Farm; the business was commenced about twenty-five years ago, under the firm name of Pile & Willett; in 1880 Benjamin F. became partner, and the name was changed to Pile & Son. Subject is also postmaster at Fancy Farm, having been appointed in 1882. He was married in September, 1882. He was married in September, 1883, to Elmine Boswell, of Ballard County and daughter of G.H. and Fannie (Smith) Boswell, natives of Kentucky. Her parents came to Graves County about 1840, thence went to Indiana, where they remained four years, thence back to Ballard County, where they have resided ever since. Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin F. Pile are members of the Methodist Church.