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Hiram "Hi" Compton
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Birth: Nov. 15, 1800
Tazewell County
Virginia, USA
Death: May 11, 1874
Lawrence County
Kentucky, USA

Hiram was the son of John Compton, Jr. and Elinor McGuire.

Hiram, as the 6th child of John and Elinor, was raised on the Bluestone River, Tazewell Co., VA, near what is now known as Shannondale. On September 23, 1817, he married Janney Shannon, daughter of William Shannon, a Methodist minister and farmer also living on the Bluestone near the Compton tracts. In 1823, his father John deeded them 95 acres on the Bluestone, and three years later, 150 additional acres.

Rebecca, Hiram's sister, was married to John Shannon (Hiram's wife's brother). Around 1826, John Shannon found himself in debt to George B. George and 16 other for $1,885.30 and was forced to sell his possessions and 114 acres on the Bluestone at public auction. Hiram purchased some of the items, returning them to the children of John and Rebecca.

Hiram's father died around June, 1828, leaving him a slave named Dennis and additional land in the "Big Bottom." From his father's estate sale, he bought the blind mare, an old brown horse and seven hogs. In 1832, Hiram purchased 140 more acres from brothers Elihu and Joseph.

Around 1830 or so, Janney died, leaving Hiram with children Cornelius, Layne, Moore, Nancy, and William Jasper. Hiram married Margaret Emmert McGrannahan in February of 1835 in Boyd Co., KY. He began selling off his Tazewell County property and moved to Lawrence Co., KY the following year.

The new Compton homestead was on Blaine Creek Road, at a location formerly called Hulette. Shannon, Hatten and Cartmell relatives were in the area. In 1871, Hi sold to his son John A. the "tract I now reside on" - 50 acres for $300. For this, John was to keep Hiram and Margaret for their natural lives, with Hiram having control as long as he lived. Heirs of John A. Compton sold the homeplace to their brother, Thomas Compton in 1972, with the provision that an unmarried sister, Dixie, could live there for her lifetime.

Hiram died at the age of 73 on May 11, 1874, and is buried in the Compton Cemetery on a high hill across the road from the homestead on Blaine Creek. Margaret died five years later and was buried beside him. 
 
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 Spouses:
  Janney Shannon Compton (1800 - ____)
  Margaret Emert McGranahan Compton (____ - 1879)*
 
 Children:
  Cornelius Compton (1817 - 1890)*
  Nancy Compton Burns (1829 - 1911)*
  William Jasper Compton (1830 - 1863)*
  Samuel G. Compton (1844 - 1874)*
  Jacob R. Compton (1844 - 1924)*
  John A. Compton (1847 - 1920)*
  Margaret Ann Compton (1848 - 1920)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Note: Lighter photo of Hiram's gravestone is courtesy of Regina Diamond Tackett.
 
Burial:
Compton Family Cemetery
Lawrence County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Judy Llamas
Record added: Jul 26, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15045600
Hiram Hi Compton
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Hiram Hi Compton
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Hiram Hi Compton
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Honoring Hiram "Hi"
- Paul Shannon and Kay Freeman
 Added: Jun. 20, 2015
Rest in peace.
- Judy Llamas
 Added: Jun. 18, 2015
Many thanks for the contributions you made to our republic. Very respectfully, George Paul
- CPT George Paul Farris, IN, USA (R)
 Added: Aug. 25, 2012
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