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Genealogv or Tin: Blf-dsoi: Family 159

No. 326.
Francis Lynn Scru^<;s, dauglUcr of J. M. and
Priscilla Shelby (IJaniniond ) Scrn:L,'-os, was burn
at Jackson, 'J'cnncssee. July 25, 18()5. Married
• J. IJancock Ivobinscjn, in Holly Sprin,q;s, .Missis-
sippi, August 24, 1886. 'Jhey reside in Wash-
ington, J). C. Have one child —

513 Shelby (ioldsborough Robinson, daughter,

born July 8, 1S88."

No. Z27.
James Alerriwether Scrug"gs. son of J. ]\I. and
Priscilla ^Shelby (Hammond) vScruggs, married
Lilly \\'hitney, of Memphis, where they have their
home. Have children:

514 \\'hilney Scruggs, daughter.

515 James Merri wether Scruggs. Jr. .

516 Xolan b^jutainc Scruggs.

No. 329.
Robert M. Butterfield, son of W". C. and Bettie
(iMartin) lUitterfield, married ]\[iss Phones, of
Little Rock, Arkansas, where they reside. Have
children —

517 Joseph I'honcs Butterfield.

518 r.etlie Martin Butterfield.

No. 334.
Consuelo \''anderbilt, daughter of William K.
and Alva Erskine (Smith ) \'anderbilt. was born
in New York, ]\Iarch 2, 1877. Married Xovemlx'r
6, 1895, Cdiarles Richard John Sjiencer Churchill,
Duke of Marlborough. Have children —

519 Tohn William (.■burchill. Afanjuis of Bland-


520 Ivor Churchill. (Lord.)

No. 335.
William Kissam \'ander1)ilt. Jr., son of Wil-
liam K. and Alva I'.rskine (J^niilh) Wanderbilt,

160 Historic Sumxkr County, Ti:xx.

was born in Xew York. ()ct(jbor 2(). 1S/"X. Mar-
ried A])ril. 1*'00. \'iri;inia l-'air. llavc children —

521 Muriel \'anderbilt.

?22 Consuclo X'andcrbilt.

^23 ^^'illianl Kissatn \'anderbiU. third.

it;UI».>.»^kUJo.^^^ A«fc^■^ ' -1 .' -■ icafc^ASal


John William Ciukchill, Maroiis of Ht.ANr>FORr>

Xo. 339.

Mary Eleanor Mastin. <laughtcr of Thoiv.a?
and ^iar^• Irby (IJate) Ma?tin, married John
Stevens Douglass.

Gkxealogv of the Bledsoe Family 161

No. 363.
William Willis Garth, Jr.. son of Winston
Fearn and Lena Garlh, married Louisa Dods-
worth. Have one cliiUl —
524. Lena Garlh.

Xo. 386.
Lillian Lilly Williams, daughter of O. W. and
Catherine (."^mith) Williams, married Mr. Ouinn,
of Memphis.

Xo. 391.
Mahel W. Jones, daughter of Edwartl M. and
Sarah (Winnj Jones, married Cliarlcs Taylor, of
Hartford, Connecticut. X'ow live in Memphis.
Have four children.




Xo. 392.

Annie IJ. Jones, daughter of Edward ^L and
Sarah (Winn) Jones, married Samuel Fitch, of
Hartfortl, Comiecticut.

Xo. 405.
John B. Jones, son of John P. and Jennie S.
(Pursic)) Jones, married iNfary Gallaglier. Re-
sides in Xashville. Have children —

529 Mary Pursley Jones.

530 Addie Magdalene Jones.

531 Edna Julia Jones.

532 ?\rargaret Louise Jones.

533 Jennie l-llizaheth Jones.

Xo. 407.
Inez Moss Slioflner, daughter of M. R. and
L-aura .\ddie (Pursley ) Shoffner, marrietl Thomas
W. \\'hite. of Oxford. Mississi])pi, and who died
in PXj7. Have children —

162 Historic Sumxek County, Texx.

534 Shoftncr Thompson \\']iitc. born April l.\


535 Louise Thornton White, horn Ma)' 3, 1800.

536 Mary Francis \\'liite, born Au-ust 6. 1901;

died June 27, 1W3.

537 'J^iomas Coleman While, bf)rn Februar\- 8.


Xo. 409.

Kate Malone Shoffncr. dauq-htcr of ^I. R. and
Lam-a Addie (Pursley) Shoffner, was born at
C^nion Cit_\'. Tennessee. Married Will Dave Cald-
well, son of ex-Congressman A\'. P. Caldwell, o\
Gardner. Resides in ]Mem])hi>;. Have children —

538 Ralph Morrison Caldwell,, born ^lay 28, 1899.

at L'nion City.

539 .Addie lUron Caldwell, born December 10.

1900. at L'nion City.

Xo. 411.
iMxdril^a Lillian Cisco, daughtei' of Ja\ CiU}'
and Mildred Cieorqie { Purseley) Cisco, was born
near Union City Tennessee, X'ovember 28. 1870.
Gradiiatetl from the Mem]4n's Conference l-'emale
In.slitute at Jackson in 1888. Married March o.
1892, Robert Cannon T<'>nes. a native of Mis-
sissippi. They reside in Chatianooi[;-a. T1a\'e chil-
dren —

540 ]\obert Cannon Jones. Jr.. born March 18''.-.

at Chaltanooqa.

541 Guy Ozment J.ines, born July 3, 1809. at Chat-


542 Predrika bllizabcth Jones, born July 3. 18^9. at


Xo. 414.
A\'alter Jay Cisco, son of Jay Guy and Mildred
Gcorgie (I'nrsley) Cisco, was born at Jackson.
Tennessee, July 24, 1877. ^ Tarried at Xcw Or-
leans, Dcceniljcr 27. P'O.^. to I'.etiie l'ear^on. wh"

Gknkalogy of TiiK RLF.nsoic Family 163

was Ijorn in Guttoiil)iiv^'. Swocdcn. Sc[)l('inljcr 27,
1888. 'i"lK'\- reside in Xow Orleans. IJave one

543 W'alter Jay Cisco, Jr., born February 19, 1907.

No. 417.

Riulolf W'ezinski Cisco, sr)n of Jay Guy and
Mildred Cieor<;ie (Pursley) Cisco! was born in
Jackson, Tennessee, July 20, 1885. Graduated
from llie Xashvillc Iiit;"h School, June 14, 1906.
Valedictorian and winner of the P'lliott Medal.
Married June 12, 1907, Annie Mary Davis,
dau.qhter of G. A. and Mamie (Lipscomb) Davis,
of Xashvillc. They reside in Xashvillc. Have
one child —

544 Mildred Cisco, born Xoveml)er 1, 1908.

No. 421.

James Henderson Patterson, "son of Dr. Hugh
Lawson and Maria Sue Patterson, married \'ir-
gic Lloyd. Plavc children —

245 Hugh Lo3-d PatterMMi.

516 *Mardre Sue Patterson.

547 David Henderson Patter-^on.

No. 428.

Jolin James Patterson, son of John Clcnden-
ing and lielanor (Ijcnson) Pattersrm, married
jNlattic Jones. Ilad children —

548 Mildred Patterson. Xever married.

After the death of his first wife, John James
Patterson married Mary Fspey. ILu! cliildren —

549 Robert Clendcning Patterson.

550 John James I'atterson. Jr.

551 ATary'l'Ispey Patterson.

552 Hazel ])enst)n Patterson.

164 Historic Sumnkr County, Tknx.

No. 429.
Allie Foster Paltcrson. (laughter of Benjamin
Blcilsoe and Meaner ( riensc)n ) Patterson, mar-
ried \\\ M. Pegrim. Had one ehild —

553 \'enion Patterson.

Xo. 430.
Eleanor P>ensun Patterson, dangliter of Ben-
jamin I'.letlsoe and I'^leanor (Benson) Patterson,
married J. T. Johnson.

Xo. 432.
Violet Xave, dan,L;hter of P. W. and Mattic
Belle (Patter>on) Xave, married J. W. Cren-
shaw. Had one child —

554 Thelma Lee Crenshaw.

Xu. 434.
J high I'.enson Xave, (laughter of P. ^^^ and
Mattie Belle (Patterson) Xave, married J. i'>.
Byrn. 1 la\ e one child —

555 Paul Xave P.yrn.

Xo. 438.
John Thomas Patterson, son of Joseph Thomas
and ]\Jollie (Co]-)cland ) Patterson, married- Xuna
George. Have one child —
566 Joe Holland Patterson.
Xo. 441.
William Sherrell .Xtkin^on. son of M. C. and
Belle ( Sherrell ) Atkinson, married .Stella Deacon
\'aughn. Have children —
5!^7 Jssahella Sherrell Atkinson.
558 Currin Atkinson.

Xo. 455.
Anna Hender.son Stevens, daughter of W. B.
and Cornelia Rebecka (Pattersf>n) Stevens, mar-
ried James Whitakcr. Have children —
^5^) Kno.K W'hitaker.
5()U ]'".dwin W hitaker.

Cor.oxr.L Isaac BF.K.nson 165

No. 458.
Alma Mri^ic Patterson, dang-hter of W. S. and
\'iri;ic JJellc (I'attcrson) Patterson, married T.
1). vSui^g. Have children —

561 Virginia Sue Snog.

562 ^\'iIliam Conrad Sugg.

No. 468.
IMary \\ Stone, daughter of Dr. ]). A. and
Violet Anne (Shcrrcll) Stone, married C. G.
W'clsh. Have children —

563 Stanley W'cl^h.

564 Louise Welsh.

No. 474.
Daisey -Nlai Shcrrcll. daughter of E. Matt and
Sallie (Ezell) Sherrell, married Newton Kelsoe.
Have one child —

565 \'irginia Kelsoe.

No. 477.
Selwynne ]\'itterson. son of J. I- and Lillie
(Hill) Patterson, married Kate Peatherwood.

No. 478.
\\'. Clendcning Patterson, son of J. L. and Lillie
(Hiin J'atterson. married Eva Calhoun, llave
one child —

566 Walter Calhoun T^altcrson.


Isaac lUedsoe ^\ as a man of ami for the limes in
which he lived. J^trong in mind and strong in hody.
hra\'c. daring and fond of adventure; a hig heart and
a generous soul, he was a lii com[)anion of such men
as Sevier, the Shelbys, Robertson, and the scores of
others who established a new State in the trackless
wilderness. Like his elder l)rolher. Anthony, anil his
}oungcr brother, Abraham, he wa^ born in Culpeper

166 Historic Sumxkr Couxtv, Tr.xx.

county, \'irqinia. The date of his birth is sui)po5cd to
lie about ]7M^. In early manhood, together with his
Ijrothcrs above named, and otlier adventurous souls,
he sought a new home in the then extreme West, and
settled on the Holston river at a point near the ])rescnt
line between \"irginia and Tennessee, a few miles east
fr(>m where iSristol now is. There he continued to
make his home until in 1780, when he removed to the
Cuml)erlan(l country. After locating on the Holston,
he sjiciit most of his time in hunting, cx])loring and
fighting the Indians. He was in Dunmore's war, and
in the subsequent wars with the Indians, and was al-
ways consi)icuous for his bravery and his readiness to
lace dangers. He was a member of that party of ad-
venturers known to history as "the Long Hunters,"
some of whom remained in the \vilderness for many
months. He was one of the witnesses of the treaty
with the Indians at Fort Patrick Henry, July 20. 1777.
He was a member of the party of Inmtcrs and ex-
plorers which penetrated to the Cumberland country
in 1771. It was on this expedition that he rliscov-
ered the spring in what is now Sumner couniy, known
as Bledsoe's Lick, to which he gave his name, and
near which he afterwards located his ln'ine, and
where he was killed in 1793.

On a tree in Logan county, Kentucky, on ]\ larch
11, 1780, Isaac P.ledsoe cut his name and the date.
The tree, with its precious record, like the heroic man
who cut his name thereon, has long since mingled
with the soil.

Isaac Bledsoe was one of the first settlers in Mid-
dle Tennessee, and upon the organization of a local
government he was made one of the justices of the
peace of Davidson county, and later one of the lirst
justices of Sumner county. In Xovemlier, 1781. h<^
set out with his friend, James Jvobertson, for Kii'.-
tucky, to secure much-needed ammunition ior \hc
Cumberland settlers. With the party were Robert-
son's son and a faithful negro servant. It was a trii>

CoF.uMa. Isaac IjLkusoic 167

of two months tliiou.Qh a trackless forest, infested by
savage foes, and beset witli dangers unknown to tlic
present generation. The little j)arty passed the Indian
lines in safety, and in due time arrived at Harod's Sta-
tion, where they received their first intelligence of the
hapj^enings of the outside world. The decisive battle
of King's ^Mountain had been fought and won, and
Cornwallis was fleeing towards the seaboard. Bled-
soe, in telling about it afterwards, said: "Doth Rt>b-
ertson and I were a foot taller when we heard of the
glorious work of Sevier and Shelby. W^c said to one
anotiier, "If they can so handle the British and Tories,
can we not whi]) the Indians in the woods?"

At Harod's Station they found no ammunition, so
they pushed on to Boonsborough, where they found
Daniel Boone, who divided his ammunition with them.
But it was not enough, and Bledsoe set out for Watau-
ga, where he hoped to obtain a full supply from Se-
vier. Later he returned to his fort at Bledsoe's Lick,
accompanied by a numljcr of setllcrs.

In October, 1783, when Davidson county was or-
ganized. Isaac Bledsoe was elected first Major of the
regiment of militia, of which his brother Anthony was
Colonel. I'revious to that time he had served as a
Captain of one of the militia companies, and as such
participated in many fights with the Indians.

After a long and useful career. Colonel Isaac Bled-
soe was killed by Indians near his home at Bledsoe's
Lick on the morning of April 9, 1793. At the time
he was on his way to a clearing with his servants to
mend the log heaps, when lurking foes shot him from
amljush. and then scalped him. His remains were
buried by the side of his brother Anthony.

The Indians gave to Isaac liledsoe the name of
"Tullito>ka," the waving corn blade, or perpetual mo-

About 1772, Isaac Bledsoe married Katherine ^lont-
goniery, a member of a prominent family of that name
in Scnithwcstern \'irginia. The family t)riginallv came

168 Historic Sumxi:r Col'xtv, Tkxx.

from the northern part of Ireland, anrl was rehited fi
General Richard Monli^oniery, who was killed at tlic
storming of Quebec. There were a number of Mont-
g^omery's in Southwest \"ir,t:^inia, but which one wa-
the father of Katherinc I do not know. Captain James
^Ionts4(Mnery was a colonial officer. He was a ju^-
tice of the jK^ace in \\'ashinc;ton county, and was
sheritT in 1785. .\lexander and Thomas Montgomery,
of the same section of X'iri^inia. served in the Inflian
wars. The most prominent of the name was Lieuten-
ant-Colonel John Montgomery (probably a brother vi
Katherine). He con-imanded a regiment \mder Gen-
eral George Roger Claris in the Kaskaskia compaign.
where he rendered distinguished service. Jle wa<
born in IJotelourt county; came to the Cumberland
settlements with the Donelson cx]")edition in 1780.
He was the fir.Nl sherilT of Davidson ciunn\'. Stmn
after his a|)poiniment to that pcjsition he visited Xew
Orleans, and was said to have been engaged in the
Genet conspiracy, f(,ir which he was im])eached in of-
fice. Soon after his return to Xashborough, he re-
moved to what is now Montgomery county, which wa-
so named for him. He founded Clarksville. which
was so named jn honor of his old commander. General
George Roger Clark. His last ])ublic service was i"
command tiie troo])s on the Xickojack exj)edition in
]7\)-\. ]n the fall of that year he was killed by In-
dians while on a hunting exj^edition above Clarks\ille,
in Kentucky.

Katherine Montgomery was l)orn in what was at
that time .\ugusta county. X'irginia. then the extreme
frontier. She was a woman of supericM^ character and
attainments. She lK)re the vicissitudes and c<in fronted
the dangers incident to a frontier life with bravery
and fortitude nnsurpa^.-etl by any. She was loved.
honored and resjiected b\- all who knew her. and tlie
memory (jf he^r gentle virtues is treasured by her de-
scendants to this day.

There is a trailiiion in the fann'h- that Katherine

Gi:xi:.\i.(X;y of Cor.. Isaac Bi.kdsok Lixf 169

Montgomery on some occasion. dnrinLV the Revolu-
tionary War, carried important dispatches through the
I'.riti.sh hues to the j^atriot army, and while on the
journey she was met by a Jjritish officer, who suspect-
ing her, rode by her side and engaged her in conversa-
tion. He complimented her blooded horse, when she,
with womanly tact, challenged him for a race, and
out-distanced him to the extent that she was able to
deliver her dispatches in safety.




No. 1.
George Lledsoe.


Xo. 2.

Abraham liled.^oe. Among other children he
had three sons —
Anthony T.ledsoe.

4 Isaac lUedsoe.
.Abraliam Bledsoe.

THIRD (".!:xi:rai lox.
Xo. 4.
Isaac liledsoc, son of Abraham lMed>oe, was
born in Culpepper county, X'irginia, about 17v?5.
Marrie<l Katherine Montgomery probab'ly about
1772. \\"as killed l)y Indians near jiledsoe's Lick.
Simmer county. Tennessee, April 9. 1793. Had
children —

5 Margaret JUedsoe.
r) Sally J lledsoe.

7 Antlionv Bledsoe.

8 I'ollv liledsoe.

9 Katv r.ledsoe.

10 Lytic 1 lledsoe.

11 Isaac Bledsoe, Ir.

12 (L-l;iri»a Bledvoe.

170 Historic Sumnkk Cou.ntv, TlXxV.


Xo. 5.

Margaret lUcdsoc, dauglitcr of Colonel Isaac
and Kathorine (Montgomery) Bledsoe, was born
in Washington county, \ irginia, on July 7, 1773.
Came to what is now Sumner county, Tennes=;cc.
either in the fall of 1780, or the spring of 1781.
Her father came in 1780, but possibly his family
did not folluw him until the next spring, when
Colonel Anthony iJledsoe, with his family and
several other families, came to the Cumberland
country. Alargaret married, on IJecember 31,
1789, Joseph L)e>ha. JMargaret Desha was iden-
tified with the early, stirring events which trans-
pired in Mrginia, Tennessee, and Kentucky. She
was one of the pioneer mothers, who heljied make
her State — were spimiers of llax and weavers of
linen, of whom James Lane Allen so eloquently
writes. Her descendants refer with pride to the
fact that Mr-^. Desha spun the tlax and wove the
fine linen \vhich her husband wore when a mem-
ber of Congress. \\'hilc her husband was rdling
the office of chief executive of the State of Ken-
tucky, she, with rare ability, sui)erinten(led hi^
affairs at home, he having a large family of
children and servants. She was the mother of
thirteen children, and became famed as a nota-
ble housekeeper. After her husband retired from
]iu1)lic life, they made a journey by carriage t«")
\ isit relatives in Tennessee, also j'resident Jack-
son, who was a ])ersonal and well-beloved friend
of them both. .Mrs. Desha died on May 20, 184'^.
and is buried beside her husband at (loorgetown.
Kentucky. Jo>eph Desha was a moi of Roberi
Desha, wliose ancest<;rs were of I'rench extrac-
tion, and were refugees after the revocation oi
the edict of Nantes, hr^t i)ro]jably slo])ping i:i
W \-oming" X'allev, I 'enn.^ylvania, wliere Jo>eph


was born on December 9. 1768. Plis father cnii-
grated to Kentucky in 1781, and the next year
removed to vSunmer county, Tennessee, and fixed
his liomc about four miles east from Gallatin,
where ho died and was buried. His ,q,T.'ive. and
those of other members of his family, Js enclo-cd
by a rude stone wall in a field about one hundred
yards from the Hartsville pike. Two of his sons
were killed by Indians. In 1792 Joseph Desha
returned to Kentucky and settled in ]\Iason coun-
ty. He served with distinction in the Indian wars
under ^^'ayne and Harrison in 1794. He was in
the battle of the Thames with the rank of Major-
General. He represented his county in the Ken-
tucky Legislature from 1797 to 1807, serving- in
both houses. Between 1807 and 1819 he served
several terms in Congress. In 1813 he was com-
missioned a Major-Gcncral of volunteers, and
served as such until the close of the War of 1812.
In 1824 he was elected Governor of Kentucky and
served four years. At the expiration of his term
he retired to his farm in Harrison county, and
died at Georgetown, October 11, 1842. He had
children —
1.3 Benjamin Desha, born December 24, 1790.

14 Rachacl l^esha, born Julv 7, 1794.

15 Robert De^ha, born June 20. 1796. .

16 Isaac Desha, born January 9, 1798. Died young.

17 Eleanor Desha, born February 20, 1800.

18 Isaac Bledsoe Desha, born Tanuarv 1, 1802.

19 lohn Randolph Doha, born Tune' 23, 1804.

20 "Marcus Brutus Desha, born April 30, 1806.

21 Adeladc D'Armelv Desha, born May 31. 1808.

22 Alvira Desha, born April 26. 1810.

23 Lucius Junius Brvitus Desha, binn Ai>ril 2,^,


24 Joseph Holmes Desha, born .\])ril 12. 1815.
( )ne child died in infancv unnamed.



No. 17.

Eleanor Desha, (laughter of Joseph and Mar-
garet (Ijledsoe) Desha, was born in Mason comi-
ty, Kentucky, I-'ebruary 20, 1800. Married janus
C. }^ickett, who was at one time Secretary of the
State of Kentucky, and afterwards Minister IMcni-
potentiary to tiie Columbian Confederation. Tie
was born in Fauquier county. \'ir«;inia, I'\>bruary
6, 1793. In the War of 1812 he was an ofhcer iii
the United States .Vrtillery, and as such won a
high rei)utation. I'rom 1818 to 1821 he served in
the regular army; then retired and j'jracticed law.
For one year he was editor of the MaryrilU'
Eagle; then served in the Legislature. In 183.^
he was Commissioner of the Patent OfiF.cc ; then
for three years was Fourth Auditor of the Treas-
ury ; then ^;ditor of the Coii'^rcssioial Globe at
Washington, lie died July 10. 1872.

While her father was Governor of Kentuck\-.
Mrs. Pickett filled the i)lace of hostess of the ex-
ecutive mansion. She is described as a woman ni
remarkable ctdlurc dignity and refinement.
Aside from lier domestic and social duties. >lif
found time to instruct her little son, Joseph De-ha
Pickett, who often referred to the fact that hi-
earliest memories were of the (lovernor's man-
sion, at his mother's knee, learning to read tl..'
P.ible. It was during her stay in the man-i<=ii
that Lal'\ayette visited Kentucky, and this little >"'•'
carried through a long and useful life the nu-ni-
oiy of the dislingnished (leneral jilacing his hau'i
on his head and blessing him. Mrs. Pickett i-
said to ha\'e been equal to everv circumstance and
occasion that came ti.) her in tho-^e responsib''^'
times. She wa-^ devout, as well as accompli~in d.
and left a record of iniaffected i)iety and dev
tion to all tliat was ijood and true that came wit:'-

Gi:xi£ALOGV OF THE Blicdsok Family 173

in her sphere. She afterwards removed to Wash-
ington, D. C, where her husband licld responsible
positions under the Government. There slie died,
and was buried Ijeside her liusband in the Con-
gressional lUirial Ground. They had children —

25 Joseph Desha I'ickett, born lanuary 6. 1S22.

26 John T. Pickett, born OctolxM- 9, 1823.

27 ^Montgomery Pickett, died in intanc}'.

28 James l\]lcn Pickett, died in infancy.

Xo. 19.
John Randolph Desha, son of Jc^seph and Mar-
garet (Pledsoe) Desha, was born in Ma>on coun-
ty, Kentucky, June 2.^. 1804. Married at Cynthi-
ana, in 183S, Mary liracken Curry. Died at Lex-
ington, lulv 27. 1878. Mis wife died at \'ersailles,
March 23.' 1875. Had children—

29 Ben ]3e>ha. born in 1841. died in 1855.

30 Issa Desha.

31 Adelaide Desha, born in 1845, died in 1860.
2^1 Marv Desha.

ZZ Klla' Desha, born in 1852, died in 1860.

Xo. 21.

Adelaide D'Armely Dc-^ha. daughter of Joseph
and ^Margaret (Bledsoe) Desha, was born in Ma-
son countN'. Kentucky, May 31. 1808. Married,
first, Dr. 1 larmon, of Georgetown. They had
one son :
34 Bledsoe I^csha Harmon.

After the death of Dr. Harmon, his widow mar-
ried Colonel William Johnson, of Georgetown,
grandfather of Hon. Tom Johnson, ex-member of
Congress, and now Mayor of Cleveland, (Jhio.

No. 23.
Lucius Junius Brutus Desha, son of Josejjh
aiul Margaret (lUedsoe) Desha, was born in Ma-
son county. Kentucky. April 25, 1812. He was
brought U)) on a farm and was early inure<l to

174 Historic Sumnj:r Couxtv, Tkxn.

liard labor; but hh education \vn> quite liberal,
bcinp^ obtained in the best schools of his time in
the country. After finishing' his education, in
1830. he chose farniinc^ as an occupation, and dur-
ing the remainder of his life devoted his time and
cnerf,'}' mainly to agricultural pursuits, his farm
being one of the best and most productive in Ilar-
rison county. In 1844 he was elected to repre-
sent his county in the Legislature, and by re-elec-
tion served three consecutive terms. He was a
member of the Convention of 1849. which formed
the Constitution of the Slate. In 1851, at the first
election under the new Constitution, he was again
elected to the lower house in the State Legisla-
ture, and served one term. In 1861 he was again
elected. During the Civil War his symjjathies
were with the South, and notwithstanding he took
no part in the great conllict, yet for several months
he was one o£ the numerous civilian ])risoner5 at
Camp Chase, Ohio. In politics he was a staunch
l^cmocrat, and cast his first vote for Andrew
Jackson, and his last, before the war, for John C.
Breckinridge, He was a delegate to the Demo-
cratic National Convention at l^ialtimorc in 1844.
when James K. Polk was nominated ; and in 1856
at Cincimiati. where James Buchanan was nom-
inated; at Xew "^'ork in 1868, when Horatio Sey-
mour was the nominee, and last, at St. Loui-^. in
1876, when Samuel J. Tilden was chosen as the
standard bearer. In that year he was one of the
three ])roniinent candidates for Congress in the
Sixth Kentucky District, when John G. CarhMe
received the nomination. I'or a number of year-
he was Brigadier-General, and afterwards a .Ma-
jor-General in the old State militia service. I'or
more than half a centuiy he was one of the mo>i
prominent farmers and inlluential ]:)olilicians in
Kentuek\-. and one of the most substantial au'l

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valuable citizens of his community. He was twice
married; in 1832 to Julia Ann Moore, of lloi ri-
sen county, who died in 1839; and in 1840 to her
sister, Eliza Jean Moore. He died July 10, 1885.
riis last wife died May C, 1902.


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