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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume III, Battle-Perin-Kniffin, 2nd. ed, 1885
ROBERT ENOS CHILDS may justly be placed amongst the enterprising citizens of Ohio County, Ky. He was born in Baltimore, Md., March 20, 1835, and in 1852, engaged with an engineer corps at McConnellsville, Ohio, after which, in 1855, was engaged in the construction of the Louisville & Nashville Railroad, and its branches – part of the time as contractor. In 1870, he bought land near Rosine, and improved his present home. He is the son of Enos R. Childs, of Baltimore, Md., a midshipman in the United States navy, who had command of the “Thunderbolt,” at Norfolk, in the late British war. He died in 1851, at the age of fifty-eight. His wife, Eleanor V., daughter of Capt. Goss, of the merchant marine, of Charleston, S. C., was born in 1805, and died in 1865. Their offspring are Virginia (Marsh), Mary (Lawrence), Cordelia F. (Macleod), Willie J. (Bestor), John E., Robert Enos and Stephen D. In youth Robert Enos Childs was favored with an excellent education. He was married December 30, 1863, to Marty D., daughter of John A. and Martha (Roberts) Cox, of Nelson County, Ky.; she was born May 12, 1837, and to them have been born Ida V., Mary L., Robert E., Agnes E., and Charles D. Mr. Childs is at present engaged in farming, fruit culture and wine making, owning 118 acres of productive land, well improved, and in a high state of cultivation. He has demonstrated the adaptability of a variety of fruits to this latitude. On his farm are strata of coal and fireclay, which he has developed to some extent. In politics, Mr. Childs affiliates with the Democratic party.