Hillary F. Coomes, farmer, stock-raiser, and also tobacco merchant, Knottsville, was born in this precinct Feb. 20, 1844. He spent his boyhood days on his father’s farm, and was educated at St. Mary’s College, in Marion County. He engaged in the mercantile business in Knottsville for two years, but for the past three years he has been dealing in tobacco. He was married Oct. 9, 1866, to Ellenora McDaniel, daughter of Benedict J. McDaniel. They had six children, five living – Marietta, Elizabeth H., Minnie R., Edwin L. and Fabien. Mr. Coomes is a Catholic Knight and a member of the Total Abstinence Society. Richard R. Coomes, father of the above, was born in Nelson County, Ky., April 1, 1812, and is a son of Richard Coomes (deceased), who came from North Carolina to this State as early as 1797, while the Indians were yet here. He was one of the first settlers of Bardstown. Mr. Coomes was educated at St. Mary’s College. In April, 1841, he came to this county, and was the first County Surveyor of Daviess County, elected under the new Constitution, in 1850. He established the entire boundary line of McLean County, having been appointed to that work by the Legislature.
Source: History of Daviess County, Kentucky. Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co., 1883. Print.