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My friends -
I am still working at getting map requests sent out, but I want to bring a
posting today from the JP Vignettes series, and then tomorrow, another item
from the essays of Dr. Gordon Wilson. I apologize for not having delivered
more substantial posts this week, but the time element has been such that
it was not possible.
Today's biography is based in Hickman County, and the subject of the bio is
Robert Burk Flatt.
I also want to call your attention to a web site that is interesting. Since
we often deal with estate inventories in our work, we see all sorts of farm
tools mentioned and described, some with unusual names. This web site lists
hundreds of these old farm tools, and has photographs of almost all of
them. A mouse click on the photograph will enlarge it for a closer look.
This is a UK site, but many of these same tools were used in the US. The
site is located here:
JP Vignettes - Hickman County - Robert Burk Flatt
Robert Burk Flatt, one of Hickman county's best and most favorably known
lawyers and politicians, is a native of this county. His father, the Rev.
James Madison Flatt, now nearly eighty years of age and residing on a farm
some three miles south of Clinton, has for years been a prominent minister
of the Methodist Episcopal church, south, contemporary with Finley Bynum,
Simon Weaver, Wade Frost, James Pirtle, W.C. Harris and other noted divines
conspicuous in building up Methodism in Western Kentucky and Tennessee.
Rev. Flatt was born in middle Tennessee, and in early life entered the
ministry. He was among the pioneer Methodist ministers of western Kentucky
and Tennessee. His wife was Margaret Isabelle Morris, a native of Alabama,
and a lady of sterling qualities of heart and mind, a faithful wife and
devoted mother, and, like the good minister, a happy and consistent
Christian. Nine children were born to them, of whom two daughters and three
sons are now living and four sons are deceased, three of whom died in
infancy, and one at the age of forty-two years.
The father of this family is a self-educated man and in politics has been a
life-long Democrat. Robert Burk Flatt was reared upon the farm, attending
first the country schools, and there he laid a firm foundation for an
education, which was completed by a three years' course in Marvin College,
of Clinton, Kentucky. Under the Hon. N.P. Moss, of Clinton, he studied law,
and was admitted to the bar in September, 1895. He has risen rapidly in his
profession, and has always been an active Democrat in politics. He is the
present city attorney for Clinton, and by appointment is acting county
attorney. Mr. Flatt is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, south,
and is a lawyer of no mean ability. On December 22, 1900, Mr. Flatt was
married to Miss Anna McCullum of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, who is a daughter
of Dr. J.A. McCullum, an eminent physician and surgeon of Arkansas. One
daughter, Elizabeth, has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Flatt.
Record of Western KY
Lewis Publishing Co., 1904