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Histories and Biographies of Ballard, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, McCracken and Marshall Counties, Kentucky A Reprint of Part H of Battle. J.H., W.H. Perrin And G.C. Kniffin. Kentucky: A History of the State. First Edition. Louisville, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1885. Ballard Co.
JUDGE WILLIAM S. BISHOP was born July 18, 1839, in Trigg County, Ky., and is the youngest of seven children born to Joseph and Elizabeth (Howard) Bishop, who were married in Cumberland County, Ky. The father died, while in the Confederate Army, in March, 1862, at Columbia, Ky.; the mother died about one week later. William S. Was reared on a farm and received a common school education, then attended Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky. He taught five terms of school in Ballard and McCracken Counties, and then commenced the study of law in 1859, in his twentieth year, with Oscar Turner, then living in north Ballard, and who is now representing his district for the third term in United States Congress. Mr. Bishop enlisted, November,1861 in Company F, Seventh Kentucky Confederate Infantry, under Capt. Sherrell, Col. Wickliffe commanding, and was in battle at Corinth, Miss., Brazos Cross Roads, Baton Rouge and the bombardment of Port Hudson. He was captured on Big Black River just before the general surrender, and received a final parole in the spring of 1865, when he returned home and engaged in teaching, and then to the practice of law. He was admitted to the bar, in 1861, by Judge R.K.Williams and Judge Joseph M. Bigges, of Paducah, and was very successful in his practice. He was elected common pleas judge of First Kentucky Judicial District in 1879, for a ter of sic years. He was married, June 29, 1867 to Miss Mollie A. Hart, of McCracken County, Ky., a native of Tennessee, and a daughter of Samuel and Emeline (Leigh) Hart. This union has been blessed with four children: Henry L. , Emma E., Willie R., Lee and Joseph. Mr. and Mrs. Bishop are members of the Methodist Episcopal and Baptist Churches, respectively and he is a member of the I.O.O.F. He is the possessor of a good farm and also a house and lot in Blandville. He is a self-made man, having started in life in humble circumstances but by energy and perseverance has attained an honorable and enviable position in life. The father of our subject was a slave-holder, but since the war submits with grace to the new order of things.