The following information is taken from History of Kentucky, Vol. IV, edited by Judge Charles Kerr,1922, page 491.
James Barnard Markey, M.D. is one of the skilled and experienced physicians and surgeons of Livingston County, who is engaged in an active practice at Birdsville, where he has been located since 1909. Doctor Markey was born near Birdsville September 10, 1878, a son of Thomas Andrew Markey, and grandson of Barnard Markey, who was born in Ireland in 1814, and died at Hampton, Kentucky, in 1898. It was he who established the family in the United States, coming first to New York City, where he worked at his trade as a tailor. Later he moved to Livingston County, and was one of the early farmers of this region. He married Melinda Peyton, who was born in Kentucky in 1819, and died in Livingston County, Kentucky, in 1895. Their children who are living are: Jennie, who is unmarried and lives at Hampton, Kentucky; Sallie, who married James Coyle, city surveyor, lives at Paducah, Kentucky; and James, who is a merchant of Ardmore, Oklahoma.
Dr. Markey is unmarried. He entered the medical department of the University of Louisville, and after four years, graduated June 30, 1909 with the degree of Doctor of Medicine. He then located at Birdsville and owns an office and residence on Main Street.
Thomas Andrew Markey was born at Hampton, Livingston County, December 25, 1850, and died near Birdsville April 9, 1901. He spent his life in Livingston County, although his calling as a steamboat pilot took him away from home during the war between the states and for some years afterward. After giving up steamboating he became a farmer and stockraiser and was a man of ample means. He was a democrat and a member of the Presbyterian church. He married Mary Jeannett Davis, who was born near Birdsville December 25, 1840. She died August 9, 1900. Their children were Gertrude Pearl, who married J.W. Hankins; Dr. James B. Markey; Thomas Henry and Watson, who was a clerk at Aransas Pass, Texas, died July 22, 1911 at Corpus Christi, Texas.
Note: Livingston County marriage records show that Barnard Markey married Miss Malinda Padon 29 November 1840 and Thomas A. Markey married Miss Mary Jane Davis 24 April 1867.