ALFRED H. CHAMPION was born November 11, 1815, in Smithland, Livingston Co., Ky. His father, Thomas, came from North Carolina when a young man, and here married Frances Williams, of Virginia. He was elected sheriff of Livingston County, when Caldwell County was formed; in 1818 went to Princeton and carried on business until his death, in 1821. His mother lived to be seventy-seven years old; she was a Cumberland Presbyterian. They had five children, of whom Alfred H. is the second child. He was thoroughly educated at the Caledonia Academy, in which institution he afterward taught for two years; then taught six months near Fredonia, and then began the study of medicine at Princeton under Dr. P. B. McGoodwin. In 1839, he came to Eddyville, where he has since been in active practice. Dr. Champion is a strong temperance advocate, having been a member of every society from the Washingtonians down to the Murphys. November 26, 1844, he married Mary Scott, who bore him eight children, and who died March 14, 1872; she was an affectionate wife and mother. Only three children are now living: Mattie E. (wife of E. S. Bringhunt), George M. and Ora, now at school.


Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Page 851.