Hopkins County's Oldest Citizen is Numbered With the Silent Majority.
Mr. Thomas DAVIS, of the Nortonville country, and perhaps the oldest person in Hopkins county, died at his home on the 4th instant, aged 92 years. On account of a peculiar limp in one of his legs he was familiarly called "Hopping Tom." His wife, who is ten years younger, is still living and is at present making her home with her son, B.W. DAVIS, of Morton's Gap. The two old people were both born and reared in Hopkins county and have been living together as husband and wife for more than sixty years. About sixty-five years ago they united with the Christian church and have led consistent and upright lives. It is very probable that no one is now living in the county who has been a member of that church so long as these two good old christian people. At the time of his death Mr. DAVIS had 131 living descendants, consisting of children, grand-children, great-grand-children and great-great-grand-children.
He was one among the first who ever hauled goods from Henderson to Madisonville, when the latter town was first incorporated. He, in connection with Mr. John G. MORTON, made railes in their younger days for which they received twenty-five cents per hundred. Mr. MORTON in speaking of this old couple speaks of them in the very highest terms. Mr. DAVIS was during most of his life of a very vigorous disposition, was charitable and was much devoted to his friends. The Hustler, with other friends, wishes to join in expressions of sympathy to the good old wife and mother who is so sadly bereaved. Loving children and affectionate descendants will do all they can to make her life as pleasant as possible during her remaining days, yet none of these can be to her as was him who was her first and only love. (Source: Madisonville Hustler, Fri., Dec. 14, 1894)