Here is some history and genealogy of some of our early pioneer citizens.
James Hickman Walker.
He was born on a farm near Tolu, Nov. 14, 1827 and spent his early life on a farm.
As a young man he became associated with the government of the county.
He was appointed deputy sheriff of the county for three years and four months, beginning in 1851.
He was elected sheriff in 1854, and re-elected in 1856. He was deputy U.S. Marshall in 1860, and census enumerator in 1860, taking the census of half of the county.
He was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court in 186t2 and served in this office until 1874.
He was a splendid official and served in each office with credit to himself and the people who elected him.
James Hickman died June 16, 1906 at the age of 79. He is buried at Mapleview Cemetery with his wife, Hortense Gregory Walker.
Crittenden Press, Sept. 19, 1895
Robert W. Foster
R. W. Foster was born in Oldham County, KY., Sept. 7, 1817, and was a son of A. G. and Lucy Duerson Foster. His parents came to Kentucky at an early day.
Mr. Foster came to Crittenden County in 1852, and settled on a portion of the land he owned at his death.
He was a most successful farmer and at his death owned one of the finest farms in the county.
He was postmaster at the Hurricane post office for several years.
He was never married and for years his widowed sister, Mrs. Threlkeld, has kept house for him.
He had a lovely home overlooking the valley of the Ohio and there surrounded by all that was needed to bring comfort to him.
He passed away on Sept. 14, 1895 and is buried in Mapleview Cemetery. His sister, Susannah F. Threlkeld is buried next to him.
Crittenden Presss, July 1896
Phineas C. Barnett
Phineas C. Barnett was born in Warren County, Ky., Feb. 16, 1809. His family moved from Kentucky to Missouri, where he remained until he was 17 years old when he returned to his native state, and a little later he entered Cumberland College at Princeton.
In 1835 he came to what is now Crittenden County and settled on the farm where he spent the last 60 years of his life, located a few miles outside of Tolu.
He had a love of fine horses and had several of these on his farm. He was an industrious man of his day and owned a large amount of land and operated a successful farm and livestock herd of cows and horses.
In 1831 he was married to Miss Jeanetta Threlkeld.
Mr. Barnett died at his home near Tolu, on Friday July 24, 1896. He was buried in the Barnett-Miles Cemetery located outside of Tolu on his farm.
The old Barnett-Miles Cemetery is located today on land that belongs to the J. T. May family. It has been destroyed many years ago by cattle. All the stones are knocked down and some even missing.
The Barnett name today is remembered by the Barnett Chapel's Church and also the county road that is named the Barnett Chapel Rd where the church is located.