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Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp 761-763 [Graves]
HOWARD BOONE DOUTHIT, a successful tobacconist and dealer in coal at Mayfield, Graves county, although not a native of this state, has lived here nearly all his life, and has been thoroughly identified with the tobacco and business interests of western Kentucky. He began dealing in the fragrant weed on a small scale, but his business has grown to considerable proportions, and, together with his trade in coal, gives him a place among the largest business men of Mayfield. He has also done considerable tobacco farming, and all his endeavors have returned him good rewards. Mr. Douthit is the son of Samuel and Margaret (Pepper) Douthit, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of South Carolina. Samuel Douthit enjoyed a fair common school education, and devoted his life to agriculture and cotton-raising, in South Carolina for the greater part of the time. He had a genius at mechanics, and was the inventor of a plow for cultivating cotton which was in use for many years throughout the cotton states, and its name is still remembered by the old cotton men. He moved from South Carolina to Kentucky in 1869, and lived the rest of his life in Graves county, where he died March 12, 1874, at the age of fifty-four years. His wife survived him over twenty years, and died in Lynnville, Kentucky, in July, 1895, aged sixty-five. Samuel Douthit was a private in the Confederate army during the Civil war. He was a stanch Democrat, and was held in high regard in every community where he made his home on account of his excellent qualities of heart and mind. The following children were born to him and his excellent wife: Mary Josephine, the wife of Dr. R. A. Brown, of Cuba, Kentucky; James Washington, of Texas; Anna, who married Virgil Davis; Lawrence J., of Graves county; Sallie, who married R. D. Emerson; Samuel R., of Mayfield, Kentucky; Emma, the wife of P. O. S. Howard; Howard Boone; and Robert Lee Douthit, of Missouri. Howard Boone Douthit was born November 25, 1868, in Mississippi, during a brief residence of his parents in that state. He was shortly afterward brought to Graves county, Kentucky, where he was reared and given his education in the public schools. He also attended Mayfield College, from which he was graduated in 1893. His boyhood was spent on the home farm, and he learned the details of farming, but he began his business career as a buyer in tobacco, and it is in this line where he has made his principal success. This business has been built up from small beginnings, and is now firmly established on a prosperous footing. In 1902 he added coal dealing to his interests, and has also raised tobacco with employed labor. Mr. Douthit is and always has been a Democrat, but with no aspirations toward political preferment. He is a member of the Christian church and of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and also the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. On February 14, 1895, he was married to Miss Susan Delong Andrus, a native of Graves county, and they have four children: Vera, who died at the age of five months; Olea Christine, Leslie and Slayden D. Mr. and Mrs. Douthit are popular members of Mayfield society, and their home is one of the happiest in the city