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Willson, David

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Willson, David
March 14, 2007 06:15PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, ed. 8-B, 1887
Fleming County

DAVID WILLSON, proprietor of the Exchange Bank, Flemingsburg, was born
October 16, 1820, in Bath County, Ky. His father, Samuel Willson, was born
near Philadelphia, Penn., and came to Kentucky about the year 1811, and took
an active part in the war of 1812. Mrs. Elizabeth Willson, the mother of
our subject, is a native of Bath County, Ky., is a daughter of James Rogers,
of Virginia, an early settler of Bath County; she is still living at the age
of ninety-two years. David Willson was reared on the farm, but at the age
of sixteen went to Sherburne, Fleming County, and clerked in a dry goods
store until the death of his father, when he returned to the farm. August
10, 1857, he removed to Flemingsburg, and with T.B. Smith opened a private
bank, with a capital of $20,000. Mr. Smith died in September, 1865, since
which time Mr. Willson has conducted the business on his own account. The
capital is now $100,000, with a surplus of $10,000, and average deposits
$150,000. Mr. Willson was married, in 1846, to Miss Mary Herndon, of Bath
County, who died in 1849, leaving two children. His second marriage was to
Miss Bettie Herndon, in 1854. Mr. Willson is a Republican in politics,
served as master commissioner from 1868 until 1884, and for many years has
been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Willson Rogers Smith Herndon

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