Judge Kendal Moss Hord

Judge Kendal Moss Hord

Male 1840 - 1917  (76 years)

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  • Name Judge Kendal Moss Hord 
    Title Judge 
    Born 20 Oct 1840  Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 Apr 1917  Shelby County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Forest Hill Cemetery Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I272008483468  Eby/Aebi and Bernethy Family
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2013 

    Father Francis Triplett Hord, Sr,   b. 19 Sep 1797, Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 May 1869, Mason County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Scott Moss,   b. 31 Oct 1806, King George County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Dec 1884, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years) 
    Married 20 Sep 1826 
    Family ID F246729426046  Group Sheet

    Family Emma McFarland,   b. 26 May 1847, Springfield, Clark County, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Feb 1922, Shelby County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 20 Aug 1867  Shelby County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Ref: "Genealogy of the Hord Family" by Rev. Arnold Harris Hord, 1898

    • Indiana, Marriage Collection, 1800-1941 about Kendal M Hord
      Name: Kendal M Hord
      Spouse Name: Emily McFarland
      Marriage Date: 20 Aug 1867
      Marriage County: Shelby
    +1. Luther Jewett Hord,   b. 9 May 1869, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Sep 1932, Shelbyville, Shelby County, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2013 
    Family ID F246729426100  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 20 Oct 1840 - Mason County, Kentucky Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 20 Aug 1867 - Shelby County, Indiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 Apr 1917 - Shelby County, Indiana Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Forest Hill Cemetery Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • 1850 Census District 2, Mason, Kentucky as Moss HORD
      1860 Census District 2, Mason, Kentucky as Kendal M HARTT

    • Ref: "Genealogy of the Hord Family" by Rev. Arnold Harris Hord, 1898

      States: Kendal Moss Hord 6 (Francis Triplett Hord 5 , Elias 4 , Jesse 3 , Thomas 2 , John 1 ), was born in Mason Comity, Kentucky, October 20, 1840, studied law with his father, and was admitted to the bar in 1862. In 1863 he located in Shelbyville, Indiana ; was District Prosecutor of the Court of Common Pleas, 1863-65; Prosecuting Attorney of the Circuit Court, 1866-68; Judge of the Circuit Court two
      terms, from 1876 to 1888. He married Emily McFarland, August 20, 1867. For an account of his life, see "Bench and Bar of Indiana,'* by Taylor, p. 744.
    • From usgwarchives.net

      Kendall M. Hord, of Shelbyville, Indiana, was born in Mason county, Kentucky, October 20, 1840, and, like his father ,and brothers, has attained distinct precedence in the profession, of law. He was district prosecuting attorney, 1863-5; prosecuting attorney of circuit court, 1866, and circuit judge,1876-88. He is a stanch supporter of the Democratic party, and is recognized as a man of marked ability and honor.?(From Illustrated American Biography.)

      Dean of Shelby County Bar Passed Away After Brief Illness, Mourned By Multitude of People


      Lawyer of Great Ability, Potentially Progressive, Staunch Friend Full of Good Deeds and Honors

      After an illness of but a few days, Judge Kendall Moss Hord died this morning at 7:15 o'clock at his home, 131 West Washington street, this city. From Saturday it was apparent his death was but a question of time. The cause of his death was pneumonia. He was stricken suddenly with a chill in the nighttime, pneumonia quickly following. With an iron will, he stood off the dread destroyer as complacently as he ever took up any duty of life. His rugged frame had withstood the assaults of many storms, but the time had come when he must go so he gathered the draperies of his couch about him and passed into eternity. He gave up a life in which there had never been an idle day; a life of usefulness and great good; a life spent in activity in his chosen profession; a life that produced the footprints that live for posterity to follow in paths of right living. His death will be mourned throughout the county.

      Judge Hord traced his ancestry back to sturdy stock in Sweden. His grandfather, Elias Hord, grew up in Virginia. His father, Francis T. Hord, was born in Mason County, Kentucky. He married Elizabeth S. Moss and to them were born nine children. Judge Hord being the seventh child and the sixth son. The father was a noted lawyer in his day. At the age of 19, Judge Hord graduated from Maysville, Kentucky Seminary. In 1859 he commenced the study of law in his father's office, teaching school during the winter terms. He was born in Maysville, Kentucky on October 20, 1840. The early age of his graduation, his early entrance on the study of law indicate the sturdiness of the boy. In 1862 he was able to pass a legal examination before two judges of Kentucky, an ordeal that had to be successfully passed before he could take up the practice. This he did with striking honors. He then located at Flemingsburg, Kentucky to practice. It was there he joined a company of Home Guards and for more than a year did military duty. In 1863 he came to Indianapolis and entered the law office of Hendricks and Hord in order to ascertain the mode of practice in Indiana. In the early winter of that year he came to Shelbyville. From that day he was a commanding figure in the affairs of Shelby county. He was a natural leader of men and this ability coupled with an acquired education fitted him for the full duties of a large man. He was quickly recognized as a man of unusual parts. Here he was less than a year when he was elected district prosecutor of the common pleas court. In 1866 he was elected prosecuting attorney. In 1876 he was elected judge of the Shelby county Circuit Court, served six years and was again elected. In his various positions he rendered a full measure of service. At the end of his second term as judge he took up the practice of the law in which he continued without interruption and practically without loss of time up to the very day on which he was stricken. To Mr. and Mrs. Hord were born but one child, Luther T. Hord, owner of the Hord sanitorium. He has one brother, Elias Hord, of Chicago, and one sister, Mrs. Josephine Clark Rogers, of Maysville, Kentucky.

      The late Francis T. Hord, attorney general, was a brother.

      The life of Judge Hord would make many chapters in the history of Shelby county. In the beginning of his career here, he came in contact in his practice with such men as Benjamin Harrison, Thomas A. Hendricks, Daniel W. Voorhees, Major Gordon, Henry W. Lane, Joseph McDonald, and others who wrote their very being into the fabric of Indiana. Locally he was in constant contact with Alonzo Blair, Eden H. D. Davis, Benjamin Love, Oliver J. Glessner, Stephen Major, J. B. McFadden, Benjamin Davis and others who laid the foundation of learning and wealth for Shelby county. Among all these men at home and away from home, Judge Hord impressed all with the fact that he was more than an ordinary man.

      His home life was bright and as cheerful as the beams of the sun. Throughout the years that Mrs. Hord was at the head of various charity organizations, Judge Hord was at her side with his means, his influence, his advice. The Book of Time is the only record in which was kept their multitude of sacrifices and good deeds.

      Judge Hord was one of the men who materially assisted in making Shelbyville and Shelby county the fine communities they now are. While his residence here did not encompass a wide span of years yet it covered one-half the age of the county. He came at a period when the blood of men run high and hot. He took his place in the front rank with the leading and the progressive men of the day and there he remained. He possessed a personality that drew men to him. He was not only exceptionally strong mentally but he was physically rugged; always aggressive; a tireless toiler in all his undertakings. He never went into court until his case was thoroughly prepared and he always made the attempt to know both sides of the case. Every lawyer he ever met will say of him that he was a fair opponent; that he practiced in the open; also that when a case was closed in which he had taken part that they always fully appreciated the fat that they had contended with a lawyer of unusual ability and high attainments.

      One of the strong points in the legal practice of Judge Hord was that he never underestimated the strength of his opponent. He went into every case in which he participated giving the attorneys on the other side full credit for being thoroughly prepared. He was never heard to decry the ability of any lawyer; he met them all as fair men overrating rather that underrating their capabilities. Above all things he held their friendship. Such was his career in court that when the word goes out that he has passed on, not a lawyer he ever met will speak ill of him.

      No man ever lived in Shelbyville who got more out of life than did Judge Hord. He never denied his family or himself of anything that would bring them pleasure. In years gone by he tramped the woods and fields with gun and dog and he always had the best; he found recreation along the rivers and the streams and his string of good stories never reached the end. He traveled much through the far west camping in the mountains, on the plains and among the Indians. He addressed assemblages by the hundreds, presided at public gatherings, delivered orations on patriotic occasions and was as fair a fighter in politics as ever lived.

      It was beautifully said of him Sunday morning by Dr. Von Tobel at the First Presbyterian church, that notwithstanding he was not a member of the church, that he presided over the congregational meeting when it was decided to erect the splendid church on west Broadway. That incident typifies that interest that Judge Hord unassumingly took in all the forward movements in Shelbyville covering a period of almost 50 years.

      Honest with himself, fair with all men, true to every trust and obligation, he stood a man among men, a citizen whose death will be regretted throughout the county.

      At a meeting of the Shelby County Bar Association held at one o'clock this afternoon at the court house, Albert F. Wray, George Meiks, and John Tindall, were appointed as a committee to pass resolutions on the death of Mr. Hord.

      It was decided to attend the funeral in a body and Charles Hack, A. E. Lisher and O. L. Williams were appointed to arrange for conveyances to the cemetery.

      Invitations will be extended the bar associations of the surrounding counties to attend the funeral.

      The funeral services will be held at 2:30 o'clock Wednesday after noon at the home on west Washington street. Rev. Albert F. VonTobel, pastor of the First Presbyterian church will officiate. Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.

    • From http://www.shelbycountyindiana.org:

      Eminent as a lawyer and jurist, and holding worthy prestige as a citizen, Hon. Kendall Moss Hord stands out clear and distinct in the history of Shelby county and few men of his calling in the state can boast of as long and distinguished a career of professional service. Achieving success in the courts at a period when most young men are entering upon the formative period of their lives, wearing the judicial ermine with becoming dignity and bringing to every case submitted to him clearness of perception and ready power of analysis characteristic of the master of jurisprudence, his name and deeds for nearly half a century have been closely allied with the legal institutions, public movements and political interests of the state, in such a way as to gain for him honorable recognition among the notable men of his day and generation.
      Judge Hord is a lineal descendant of Thomas Hord, who was born in Essex county, Virginia, where, according to the records of said county, he purchased in November, 1736, a large tract of land. Little is known of this ancestor beyond the fact of his having become a man of influence in the above county, and taken an active interest in the settlement of the country and the development of its resources. He died in Virginia in 1766, and left several children who subsequently migrated to other parts, their descendants in due time locating in various central and western states.
      Hon. Francis T. Hord, the subject's father, was born in the old Dominion state, but left there many years ago, moving with his family to Mason county, Kentucky, where he received his education and grew to maturity. In early life he studied law and after his admission to the bar rose rapidly in his profession and within a comparatively brief period became one of the leaders of his profession in Mason county. When the county seat was moved from Washington to Marysville, he changed his residence to the latter place where he continued to practice his profession during the remainder of a long and eventful life, achieving distinguished success the meanwhile and attaining an influential position among the lawyers of the state, long noted for the high order of its legal talent. In addition to the general practice he served with signal ability on the bench of the circuit, and was also an influential factor in state politics for many years, and at one time represented his senatorial district in the Legislature.
      Elizabeth Moss, who became the wife of Francis T. Hord, was also a native of Virginia, and a woman of strong character and many sterling attributes. The children of this estimable couple, seven sons and two daughters were as follows: Oscar B., a prominent member of the Indiana Bar, and for years associated with Hon. Thomas A. Hendricks; William T., a surgeon in the United States Navy; George M., a commission merchant, of Chicago; Francis T., a lawyer of Columbus, Indiana, and long the leader of the bar of that city; Elias R., a resident of Chicago, where he carries on a large commission business; Kendall M., of this review; Harry C., a physician and surgeon, who died in early manhood; Mary G. married John R. Clark, and lives in Maysville, Kentucky, being at this time in her eighty-third year; Josephine, also a resident of Maysville, is the wife of James B. Noyes.
      Judge Hord was born in Maysville, Kentucky, October 20, 1840, and spent his early life in his native town. After a preliminary mental training in the elementary schools, he entered Maysville Seminary, from which he was graduated in due time, this being the same institution of learing[sic] in which President U. S. Grant finished his education. For some time following his graduation Mr. Hord taught school and while thus engaged read law under the direction of his father, making substantial progress in his studies and laying broad and deep the foundation for his future usefulness. In the spring of 1862 after a satisfactory examination before two Judges, he was admitted to the bar and at once began the practice of his profession at Flemingsburg, Kentucky, but the Civil war being in progress, and not caring to take part in the conflict, he finally decided to look elsewhere for a more favorable opening. Accordingly he disposed of his business at Flemingsburg and coming to Indianapolis entered the office of Hendricks & Hord, with the object in view of familiarizing himself with Indiana practice. After one year in the capital city he located at Shelbyville, where his ability soon won recognition among the rising young attorneys of the local bar.
      The year following his removal to this city, Judge Hord was elected Prosecuting Attorney of the Common Pleas Court, and after serving two years in that capacity was further honored by being elected Prosecuting Attorney of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, which position he held for the same length of time. In 1872 he was again elected to the same position and after discharging the duties of the same with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the public for a period of four years, was called to the higher and more responsible position of Judge of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit, comprising the counties of Shelby and Johnson. Judge Hord brought to the bench a mind well disciplined by intellectual and professional training, his previous experience in all phases of the law, peculiarly fitting him for the exacting duties of the position. Such were the wisdom and clearness of his decisions that but few of them were set aside by the Supreme Court. After occupying the bench two terms, twelve years, Judge Hord resumed the active practice of law as senior member of the firm of Hord & Adams, ad has so continued ever since, being in point of continuous service the oldest member of the Shelbyville bar, and one of the most eminent men of his profession in the central part of the state. His first partner was John L. Montgomery, after whose death in 1870, he practiced with Alonzo Blair for six years, and in 1888 became associated with E. K. Adams, his present partner.
      As a lawyer Judge Hord exhibits a keenness of perception, a firmness of grasp upon legal propositions and a power analysis possessed by few. From the time of engaging in the practice at Shelbyville in November, 1862, he has maintained his office at the northeast corner of the public square and for nearly a half century has prosecuted his profession with energy and success.
      Judge Hord was married August 20, 1867, to Emily McFarland, who was born in Springfield, Ohio, on the 26th of May, 1847, being a daughter of John B. and Betsy McFarland, the father for many years a business man of Shelbyville. Judge and Mrs. Hord have one son, Luther J., born May 10, 1869. He was educated in the Indiana University, and at Purdue, graduating from the departments of pharmacy and chemistry, and for some years conducted a very successful drug business in Oklahoma. Disposing of his interest in the West he returned to his native city, where he is now manager of the Hord Sanitorium, his father being a partner in the enterprise.
      Judge Hord is a representative Democrat of the Jeffersonian school, and enjoys the distinction of having never been defeated for any office to which he aspired. His oratorical abilities are in great demand during the progress of campaigns, and he is popular as a speaker at banquets, decoration days and other public functions. He is a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, to which he has belonged for many years; also the Improved Order of Red Men, in which he has served as great sachem of the state, besides representing the order in the Great Council of the United States. The Judge has been successful financially as well as professionally and during his long and active practice has placed himself in independent circumstances; his residence at No. 85 West Washington street is one of the finest and most attractive in the city.
      History of Shelby County Indiana, by Edward H. Chadwick, B.A. Assisted by well known local talent. Illustrated
      Contributed by Melinda Moore Weaver
      Picture from Boetcker's Picturesque Shelbyville

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      Hon. Kendall Moss Hord. ? That every man will follow his own inclinations the best and do it so easily that he hardly seems to put forth an effort, is proof that great excellence and superiority usually are the results of natural endowments, which will always excel mere education and culture. The present Circuit Judge of Shelby County, to those who know him, demonstrates the truth of this assertion. In him the voice of nature .comes ringing down through the past, lavishing upon him many of her choicest gifts, and marking him with the brio-ht star of genius. The family originally came from Sweden, settling in Virginia at an early day, where Elias Hord, the grandfather of Kendall M., was born, grew up and married, afterward moving to Mason County, Ky., where he spent the latter part of his life. The father of Kendall M., viz.: Francis T. Hord, was born in Mason County, Ky., where he grew to manhood and married Elizabeth S. Moss, a native of the " Old Dominion," who had come to Kentucky with her parents in early girlhood; nine children were born of that marriage, Kendall M. being the seventh in the family, and the sixth son. He was born in Maysville, Ky., Oct. 20, 1840, and his youth was passed in his native county. His father entered the law profession in Washington, Mason County, but upon the removal of the county seat to Maysville, he located in that city, where he continued practice until his death. He was a lawyer of extraordinary natural ability, and one of the leaders of the Kentucky bar. His sons have inherited his talents and love for the legal profession, three of whom are leading lawyers of Indiana, and the balance have become prominent in their respective callings. The subject of this sketch, in early youth, exhibited more than ordinary ability, and when but nineteen years of age, graduated from the Maysville Seminary. In 1859, he began the study of law in his father's office, teaching school in the winter season, but still continuing his legal studies. In the spring of 1862, he underwent an examination before two Judges of the Circuit Court of Kentucky, and was admitted to the bar. He immediately located in practice at Flemingsburg, Ky., where he remained until the fall of 1863, when he came to Indianapolis, and entered the office of Hendricks & Hord, for the purpose of becoming familiar with the code practice in Indiana, but more especially to await an opportunity of selecting a town in which to locate. In the early winter of 1863, he located at Shelbyville, and the following year was elected District Prosecutor of the Common Pleas Court, holding the position two years. In 1866, he was elected on the Democratic ticket Prosecuting Attorney of the Circuit Court, which he held two years, during which time he began to be recognized as one of the leading lawyers of the Shelby County bar. He was married August 20, 1S67, to Miss Emily McFarland, to whom has been born one son: Luther J. Mrs. Hord was born in Springfield, Ohio, and is the daughter of John and Betsey McFarland, who settled in Shelbyville about 1855, where they resided until death. In 1872, Mr. Hord was again elected as Prosecuting Attorney of the Circuit Court, and in 1876, he was elected Judge of the Circuit Court, which position he now occupies. In his practice as a lawyer, and in his experience as a judge, he has exhibited a keenness of perception, a firmness of grasp upon legal propositions, and a power of analysis which are given only to the natural jurist. As a practitioner, his abundant theoretical resources never failed to advance the interests of his client; and in his discussions of law to the court, or of fact to the jury, he was ever practical, logical and lucid; and with his personal magnetism, fluency, scope of language and perfect voice, he secured the attention of his auditor and always made deep impressions. He combines within himself rare qualities of mental and physical strength, an indefatigable will, keen judgment and quick observation.
      History of Shelby County, Indiana, Brant & Fuller, 1887, "Shelbyville Sketches," page 496-97.
      Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

    • U.S., Civil War Draft Registrations Records, 1863-1865 about Kendall M Hord
      Name: Kendall M Hord
      Residence: Sub District, Kentucky
      Class: 1
      Congressional District: 9th
      Age on 1 July 1863: 22
      Estimated Birth Year: abt 1841
      Race: White
      Marital Status: Married
      Place of Birth: Kentucky

    • Indiana Deaths, 1882-1920 about Kendall Moss Hord
      Name: Kendall Moss Hord
      Date: 6 Apr 1917
      Location: Shelbyville
      Age: 76 Yr
      Gender: Male
      Race: White
      Source Location: City Health Office, Shelbyville
      Source notes: The source of this record is the book CH-7 on page 78 within the series produced by the Indiana Works Progress Administration.

    • He is buried in the McConnell Mausoleum

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