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Breeding, James, Rev.

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Breeding, James, Rev.
February 20, 2007 08:40PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 4th ed., 1887
Adair Co.

REV. JAMES BREEDING, the oldest minister in Adair County, was born in that
county in 1803. His father, George Breeding, a native of Virginia, was
born in 1772, and when fourteen years of age was brought to Kentucky where
Maysville now stands. When about sixteen years of age he was brought to
Lincoln County, and 1802 came to Adair County, where a farm was bought and
deeded to George Breeding, where the little village of Breeding's now
stands. Here George remained during the rest of his life, engaged in
agricultural pursuits and left an estate of about $7,000 in land and slave
mostly. He was married three times; first to Miss Margaret Cloyd, a
daughter of James and Jane (Lapsley) Cloyd, of Lincoln County. To this
marriage were born sixteen children, of whom all died in infancy except
two-Peter, who died at age nine, and Rev James Breeding. Mrs. Breeding,
during life a consistent Christian and member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, departed this life February, 1840, in the sixtieth year of her age.
George Breeding next married Mrs. Sally Black of Lincoln County, who, at
the time of her death was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and
left no children by her last marriage. The third marriage of George
Breeding was to Mrs. Parthenia L. (Carter) Turk, a daughter of Benjamin
Carter of Adair County. This marriage was blessed by the birth of two
children: Mary Elizabeth and Rachel Jane, wife of R.D. Priestly, of Canton,
Miss. At the time of her marriage Mrs. Breeding had five children by her
first husband. She died a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
George Breeding was called from the scene of his earthly labors May 29,
1859, leaving a large estate of 840 acres of land to his widow and her two
children, having previously given his son James 450 acres. George
Breeding, grandfather of James Breeding, was a Virginian and a farmer. He
married Miss Rachel Cassiday, by whom he had seven children: Peter, John,
George, James, Sally (Young), Elizabeth (Blair) and Levinia (Bird). He
died in 1811 and his wife in 1821. The Breeding family is of Welsh origin,
the Cassiday of Irish and the Cloyd also of Irish, which makes Rev. James
Breeding three-fourths Irish and one-fourth Welsh. Rev. James Breeding in
boyhood received a moderate education in the log schoolhouse of pioneer
Kentucky, and remained at home until his marriage in his twenty-second year
to Miss Elizabeth B. Patterson, a daughter of Richard and Martha (Barnett)
Patterson, natives of South Carolina, who came to Madison County and later
to Adair, where Elizabeth was born January 13, 1807. The marriage of James
and Elizabeth Breeding has been blessed by the addition to their family of
eleven children: Jane C., wife of John M. Nunn, of Missouri; Francis M., of
Bowling Green, Ky.; George W.; Richard P.; John c., architect, of San
Antonio, Tex.; David C. (deceased); Jackson E., dentist of San Antonio;
Sarah Ann, deceased wife of R.A. Baker; Margaret Susan, deceased wife of
Dr. C.W. Williams; James A., dentist in Glasgow and Samuel K., a Methodist
minister. Rev. Mr. Breeding, after marriage, settled on the 450 acres
given him by his father, where he has farmed ever since. He built a large
two-story frame residence and good out-buildings on his farm, and increased
his 450 acres to 1,000 acres, but at present owns only 350 acres in the
home tract. Besides farming he worked twenty years at wagon and cabinet
work and house carpentering, and a great deal of the furniture in his house
he made. On July 27, 1834, he was licensed to preach the gospel by the
quarterly conference, and has never failed to preach on any Sunday that he
was able to travel. Fifty-two years has his voice been heard proclaiming
the "Glad Tidings," and in the course of his ministry he has married 250
couples and attended to the funeral obsequies of nearly 500 persons. All
of his children have grown up to be useful and respected members of society
and members of the Methodist Episcopal Church; one of them, Samuel, is an
itinerant minister. Mr. Breeding voted for Gen. Jackson in 1824, and for
sixty-two years has voted the straight Democratic ticket.
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