Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1886. Monroe County.
WILLIAM T. PROFFITT was born August 6, 1841, near Tompkinsville, Ky., and is the sixth of seven boys and two girls (eight of whom lived to be grown), born to George W. and Margaret (Wheelock) Proffitt. George W., a farmer, was born in Washington County, Tenn. After his marriage he moved to Monroe County, Ky., was a true Union man, and enlisted in Company G, Ninth Kentucky Infantry, in the fall of 1861. After a year's service he was discharged on account of disability. He was a son of Jerry Proffitt, who came to Monroe County in 1838. Mrs. Margaret Proffitt was born in Washington County, Tenn., a daughter of John Wheelock, who married Miss Kinchelo. William T. was reared on a farm. He remained with his parents until he arrived at maturity, when he engaged in the milling and wool carding business. In September, 1861, he enlisted in Company G, Ninth Kentucky Regiment; was in all the engagements with the regiment; was always ready for duty; was discharged December, 1864, at Louisville, Ky.; returned home, but on account of weak eyes, occasioned by exposure while in service of his country, was unable to do anything for seven or eight years. In 1868 he located on the banks of Barren River, in Gum Precinct, Monroe County, where he owns 100 acres of good land, fifty of which are under cultivation; also owns a good grist and saw-mill, also a carding-mill, which is run by the water from a single spring in one of the most romantic and picturesque places on Barren River; also owns 100 acres of fine timbered land in the south part of Monroe County. Mr. Proffitt is industrious and economical. He started in life with a horse and saddle, given him by his father when he went to the war; his property has been acquired by his industry. He married, December 13, 1871, Mary E. Shaw, of Monroe County, a daughter of John and Stacy (Francis) Shaw. To this marriage have been born two children, one living - John Thomas Barton Proffitt. Mr. Proffitt and wife are members of the Baptist Church. In politics he is a Republican; cast his first presidential vote for A. Lincoln. He is a pensioner.