Memorial Record of Western Kentucky, Volume I and Volume II, Lewis Publishing Company, 1904, pp. 100-105. Ballard Co. JOHN B. WICKLIFFE
John B. Wickliffe, who is engaged in the practice of law in the city of Wickliffe and is also the vice president of the Farmers' Bank, represents a family of long and honorable connection with Ballard county, and it was in honor of his father that the county seat was named. Nathaniel Wickliffe, the grandfather, was born in Nelson county, Kentucky, and there spent his entire life. He married Annie Logan, a daughter of Benjamin Logan and also a member of an old and prominent family. For many years Nathaniel Wickliffe served as clerk of Nelson county. He was a man of wealth and popularity, and was a leader in public thought and action, largely molding the policy of the community by reason of his force of character and his devotion to the general good. Colonel Charles Wickliffe, the father of John B. Wickliffe, was born in Bardstown, Nelson county, Kentucky, in 1822, where he was reared and pursued his literary education. He afterward entered the United States
Military Academy, at West Point, where he was graduated. Returning to Kentucky, he subsequently became a resident of Ballard county, where he was living at the time of the outbreak of the Mexican war. Offering his services to his country, he was a faithful defender of the nation during
the period of hostilities with the Mexican people. When he arrived in Ballard county - then a young man - Colonel Wickliffe purchased an interest in the Logan survey of land, took up his abode thereon, and began the development of a farm adjoining the present site of the city which bears
his name. He afterward became a lawyer, and practiced at Blandville, gaining distinction at the bar as one of its most able and learned representatives in this part of the state. He was called to represent the district in the state legislature, being the first person in Ballard county
elected to that office on the Democratic ticket. He was also the first county attorney of Ballard county, and was very prominent and influential in public affairs, his labors proving of value in promoting the material upbuilding and permanent development of this part of the state. He was practicing his profession with success here when the war between the north and the south was inaugurated, and putting aside all personal considerations he enlisted in the Confederate army and became colonel of
the Seventh Kentucky Regiment. He was acting in that capacity and commanding his regiment when wounded at the battle of Shiloh. He never recovered from his injury, dying ten days later at the home of Colonel Butler, near Jackson, Tennessee, thus giving his life in defense of the
cause and the country he loved. In 1855 Colonel Wickliffe had married Miss Martha Eugenia Moore, a daughter of Captain John D. Moore of Ballard county. Four children were
born to them, of whom two are living: John B. and Charles, both of whom are residents of the city which was named in their father's honor. The other two children died in infancy. The mother afterward married Dr. T.J. Jenkins, a prominent physician and citizen of Ballard county, now deceased. There is but one living child of this marriage, Octavie, the wife of R.L. Scott, station agent for the Illinois Central Railroad Company at Wickliffe. For her third husband Mrs. Jenkins married W.F. Hawes, a lawyer
of Wickliffe, who has also passed away. She is still living in this city at the age of more than sixty years, and is a much beloved woman, her excellent qualities of heart and mind endearing her to those with whom she
has come in contact. In Ballard county John B. Wickliffe was reared, and here he has always lived. He attended the schools of Blandville and continued his studies in
Milburn, Kentucky. He began preparation for his profession in the office and under the direction of Judge Samuel H. Jenkins, at Blandville, and later at Wickliffe, when this place became the county seat. On the 4th of August, 1883, Mr. Wickliffe was admitted to the bar, and at once began
practice here, where he has since been located. He soon formed a partnership with R.J. Bugg, and this relation was maintained until his partner's election to the circuit bench in January, 1903. He was admitted to practice before the supreme court of the United States in January, 1902.
Mr. Wickliffe served for one term as county attorney of Ballard county, and in the practice of the law he has displayed marked ability, indicating thorough and comprehensive understanding of the principles of
jurisprudence, thorough and careful preparation of cases, an analytical mind and forceful logic. In 1883 Mr. Wickliffe was united in marriage to Miss Lizzie B. Lockhart, a daughter of Dr. D.D. Lockhart, of Ballard county, and formerly of Davis [sic] county. He is a popular and valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is an ardent and active Democrat. In matters pertaining to the general welfare he is deeply interested, and co-operates in many movements for the public good. During his long residence in the county he has gained a wide and favorable acquaintance, and he certainly merits prominent mention on the pages of western Kentucky's history.