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Russell, John B.

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Russell, John B.
February 21, 2007 04:32PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed.,
1886. Allen County.

JOHN B. RUSSELL was born September 20, 1833, in the western part of
Allen County, where he has since resided, except for a few months spent
in Warren County. In 1863 he enlisted in Company B, Fifty-second
Kentucky (United States Mounted Infantry), with which he remained until
near the close of the war. His father, William Russell, was also born
in Allen County, in 1813. He was a son of Seth Russell of North
Carolina, who was born about 1765, and was of English descent. William
Russell was twice married; first, about 1832, to Nancy, daughter of
Isaac and Nancy Allen. From this union sprang John B., Burrell
(deceased), Mary F. (Hunt, deceased), Eliza A. (Gullium), Telitha
(deceased), and James G. Mrs. Nancy Russell departed this life in
October, 1875. In 1876 Mr. Russell married his last wife, Margaret
Clarkson; they have no children. John B. married January 16, 1854,
Serepta A., daughter of Willis and Nancy (Breedlove) Cash, of Simpson
County; she was born February 8, 1837. To them were born Telitha C.,
Alice B., and Henry C. (deceased). John B. began his life as a teacher,
but later devoted his attention to farming, in connection with which, in
1872, he made bricks, and worked, when not needed on the farm, as a
brick-mason, until 1881, when he was appointed postmaster, and has
since, in connection with his farm and other work, been a merchant and
tobacco shipper, having, in 1884, bought 160,000 pounds of tobacco,
worth nearly $10,000. He is at present the owner of a well improved and
productive farm and of a store at Trammel. He is a member of the
Methodist Church and has for twenty years been a successful Sunday
school work as superintendent. In politics he is a Republican.
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