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Thursday, March 7, 2013

George R. Humlong

A History of Kentucky and Kentuckians The Leaders and Representative Men in Commerce, Industry and Modern Activities Volume 3 by E. Polk Johnson, Lewis Publishing Company 1912
pages 1363-1364


 "George R. Humlong, though a native of the fine old Blue Grass state, has made his home in Texas for the past ten years.  He is an extensive land holder and stock dealer in the Lone Star state, the scene of his labors being about two-hundred and eleven miles west of Ft. Worth, Texas.  He was born in Bracken County, on the 20th of December, 1861, and is a son of George and Amanda (Hamilton) Humlong, the former of whom was likewise a native of Bracken County, where he was ushered into the world on 5th July 1805, and the latter of whom was born in Kentucky on the 16th of May, 1820.  Concerning the career of George Humlong, Sr., fuller data are to be found elsewhere in this work, in the sketch dedicated to John R. Humlong, half-brother of him whose name initiates this review.  George Humlong, Sr., first married Miss Eliza Walton, of English descent, and they became the parents of seven children, all of whom are now deceased except John R. mentioned above.  Eliza (Walton) Humlong passed to her reward in 1856 and after her demise, George wedded Amanda G. Hamilton.  To this union were born three children, namely: George R., of this review; Sallie B. Adams and Mrs. W. Minnie Sallee, of Medford, Oregon.  Mrs. Amanda G. Humlong was a daughter of John O. and Hannah (Gregg) Hamilton, whose marriage was solemnized in 1817.  Concerning Mr. Hamilton a special sketch of his life appears on other pages in this volume, so that further details of his career are not deemed necessary at this point.  Of their nine children, Amanda was 2nd in order of birth and concerning her brothers and sisters, the following brief data are here incorporated: Dr Oscar F. was born on the 17th of September, 1818 and he was engaged in the practice of his profession in different counties in Kentucky until his death, in 1851, in Gallatin County; (Amanda G. was next in order of birth); Melvina A. was born on the 18th of November, 1823 and was summoned to the life eternal on the 5th of April, 1843; Sarah A., born May 4, 1826, died May 4, 1830; Eliza J., born September 2, 1828, died November 9, 1903, at the venerable old age of seventy-five years; Sarah A., born May 16, 1830, died October 12, 1902, at the age of seventy-two years; Alexander, who was born on the 1st September 1832, is a prominent farmer and stockman in Yates, Kansas, and he is now seventy-eight years of age; Felix G., was born on 17th April, 1833 and died on the 21st of May of that year; and Mary Hannah, born on the 20th of December, 1836 and is the widow of J. P. Garvey, at one time a member of the firm of Garvey & Feltman, tobacco dealers in Cincinnati, and she now maintains her home in Los Angeles, California.  John O. Hamilton began life with practically no capital, but so successful was he in his various ventures, that at the time of his death in 1883, he was the owner of 1100 acres of most arable land in Kentucky, and of over twenty-six hundred acres in the west.  Mrs. Amanda G. Humlong was reared and educated in her native county and on her 18th birthday, May 16, she was married to George Roberts, who died on the lst of May, 1853, being survived by two children, Ida M Roberts and Hon. Augustus B. Roberts, the latter now deceased.  Hon. Augustus B Roberts was judge of the Owen County, Kentucky court for a term of four years and he also gave efficient service as a clerk of that county for four years.  He was a Confederate soldier in the War between the States and was with General Albert Sidney Johnson at the battle of Shiloh, where he lost an arm.  In 1885, he removed to Colorado on account of the condition of his health and he was lost in a snow storm in 1886.  In 1859, Amanda G (Hamilton) Roberts became the wife of George Humlong, as previously noted.  Mr. Humlong died in June, 1869 and his widow died May 1, 1911 at Germantown, Kentucky being at that time within a few days of ninety-one years of age.  She was a woman of the most gracious personality and broad sympathy and was most revered by all who came with the sphere of her gentle influence.


  George R Humlong was reared to maturity on the old Humlong homestead in Bracken County and he received an excellent common school education in his youth.  At the age of eighteen, he assumed the management of the old home farm and he continued to be so engaged until 1900, in which year he removed to Texas, where he devotes his attention to farming and stock-raising, in which line of enterprise he is most successful.  In politics, Mr. Humlong accords a stanch allegiance to the cause of the  Democratic party and he has been an influential factor in public affairs in Kentucky and in Texas.  He is a frequent visitor in his native county in the old Blue Grass state and is deeply interested in all that pertains to its progress and development.  His wife is a devout member of the Methodist Episcopal church, in the different departments of whose work she has been active.


  In Bracken County, Kentucky, on the 25th of October, 1893, was celebrated the marriage to Miss May G. Asbury, a daughter of T. T. Asbury, a prominent farmer in Mason County.  Mr and Mrs Humlong have had four children, namely: Will Hervey, born in 1896; George, Jr., born in 1898; Taylor Roberts, who died in Florida, January 24, 1910 at the age of five years; and Sallie D., born in 1905.

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