Goodspeed's Henry County Biographies - O surnames

Richard H. Ogburn, farmer and breeder of Jersey cattle, was born in Montgomery County, Tenn., in 1840, and is one of a family of nine children, six of whom are living. The father, John Ogburn, was born in Virginia about 1798 and was of Scotch-Irish extraction. He received a common-school education, and emigrated to Montgomery County with his parents when but a child. When about thirty years of age he married Caroline, a native of North Carolina, born in 1808, and the daughter of William Hunt. She is now living in Montgomery County. Mr. Ogburn was a man of good business ability and at the time of his death was tobacco inspector at Clarksville. He was a prominent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and died in 1854. Our subject received a good common-school and business education, and when about eighteen years of age entered a mercantile house at Clarksville and acted as clerk for one year. He then purchased the stock and engaged in the business on his own responsibility till 1860, when he sold his stock. In June, 1861, he went to Mississippi, and during the same year joined Company A, First Kentucky Cavalry, Confederate Army, and at the end of one yearís service was mustered out, after which, owing to ill health, he did not rejoin the ranks. For some time after the war he engaged in mercantile pursuits at Lafayette, Ky., and then returned to his old home and resumed his farming. January 6, 1871, he married Ellen J., daughter of Gen. James T. and Jane B. (Tharp) Dunlap, of Nashville. He was at that time living in Montgomery County tilling the soil, where he now owns two fine farms of 400 and 500 acres each. In 1877 he came to Paris and purchased a residence half a mile east of town, where he has since resided. He is extensively engaged in the breeding of registered Jersey cattle, and this is the most extensive enterprise of the kind in Henry County. For the past two years Mr. Ogburn has been connected with the Paris Rolling Mills. In politics he is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for H. Seymour. He is a Mason and he and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. Mrs. Ogburn was born in Henry County in 1847.

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