Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume I, Battle-Perrin-Kniffin, 2nd. ed, 1885
RICHARD V. THURMAN. The grandparents of Mr. Thurman, Richard and Mary (Isbell) Thurman, were a wealthy and highly respected family in North Carolina, and settled in Marion County, Ky., bringing their slaves with them, very early in this century. There they reared a family of six sons and two daughters. George Thurman, the father of Richard V., was among the number, and was born in Marion County, in October, 1789, which makes the Thurman family among the earliest settlers in the State. George married Miss Nancy Musgrove, the daughter of Cuthbert and Elizabeth (Moore) Musgrove, both of whom were natives of Virginia, and lived successively in Marion, Green, La Rue, Barren and Edmonson Counties, but who, at the time of their marriage lived in Marion County. After his marriage Mr. Thurman moved to Hardin County near Sonora, where he bought a farm and lived until 1827, when he sold out and moved to La Rue, three miles northeast of where his son now lives. He was one of the magistrates of La Rue County from 1844 to 1856, and his uniform occupation was farming. The names of his children are John J., William T., David L., Samuel H., Richard V. and Edward C. (twins) and George H., of whom David, Samuel, George H. and Richard V. are living. The death of George Thurman occurred in 1868; that of his wife in 1855, and the estate left was 400 acres of land. Richard VV. was reared a farmer, and on November 1, 1849, married Miss Catherine Tinker, a daughter of Houghton H. and Leta (Watkins) Tinker, who were natives of Vermont but who came to La Rue County in 1817. Mrs. Thurman was one of a family of three children, all girls: Melvina (Highbaugh), Mary (Upton) and Mrs. Thurman. In 1850, the year after his marriage, Mr. Thurman settled a farm of 187 acres, his present location, given him by his father-in-law. His life has been spent in the cultivation and improvement of his farm, in which he has succeeded well, and has added to it at times, until it now contains 315 acres, and he has built a comfortable residence, good barns and stables on his farm. He has never mingled in politics, and has always been open to conviction on political questions, having, during his life, been successively Whig, Know nothing, Democrat, and at present is sympathizing strongly with the prohibition movement. Mr. Thurman and wife are members of the Baptist Church, and Mr. Thurman is a member of the Masonic order, and was a member of the P. of H. The names of Mr. Thurman’s children are Lucetta (deceased), Henry H. (deceased), Edward C. (deceased), Mary M. (Bomar), Christina (Orander), Charles T., Maud and Livingston. None of the family on either side have ever been in military life, except an uncle of Mrs. Thurston, Cullen C. Tinker, who was colonel of a regiment in the Federal services.