John Inman, Postmaster of Somerset Ky., was born in Whitley County, Ky., December 18, 1844, and is a son of Willoughby and Elizabeth (Smith) Inman. Willoughby Inman, also a native of Whitley Coutny, was born in 1813, and is still residing in his native county, where he has always been engaged in agricultural pursuits.  He has been a member of the Baptist Church for many years.  He is a son of Elisha and Morning (Sanders) Inman, the former of whom, a native of Virginia, was an early settler of Whitley County, Ky., where he was a farmer.  Elizabeth (Smith) Inman, also a native of Whitley County, is a daughter of Abraham Smith, who was a native of Ireland.  John Inman, who is of English descent on the paternal side and Irish on the maternal, is the third in a family of six living children, Viz: Elisha, Abraham, John, Lettie, Morgan and Thomas.  John Inman received his education from the common schools and the Masonic College, of Somerset, and attended one term of school at Rutledge, Tenn.  In 1869 he commenced clerking in a store in Somerset, where he remained as clerk for about two years.   In March, 1873, he was appointed United States Store-keeper for the Eighth District of Kentucky, and in connection with this he served as a special department revenue collector for a part of one year.  In 1878 he became United States Gauger, filling the positions of store-keeper and gauger until April 17, 1881, when he resigned.   Soon after he was appointed Adams Express agent, and June 6, 1883, was appointed Postmaster, taking charge of the office July 1. 1883; he was re-appointed April 13, 1884, and the appointment confirmed by the Senate April 30, 1884.  August 8, 1871, he married Miss Mary S. Porch, of Somerset, Ky., a daughter of Henry S. and Margaret (Carewile) Porch.  Five children have blessed this union, viz: Miss Bertie A., who is deputy postmaster, Henry W., John D., Robbie E., Maggie P.  Mr. Inman is a member of the I.O.O.F. fraternity, and is a Republican in politics.

Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, ed. 8-B,
Pulaski County