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Ernst, William

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Ernst, William
March 06, 2007 07:27PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed., 1887,
Kenton Co.

WILLIAM ERNST, a native of Bucks County, Penn., was born December 9, 1813,
and is a son of John C. and Amelia (Steinman) Ernst, natives, respectively,
of Albany, N. Y., and Lancaster, Penn., and of German origin. William Ernst
lived for five years with his parents on a farm in Lancaster County, and at
the age of sixteen became clerk in the mercantile business at Pottsville,
Penn. Four years later he went to Lexington, Ky., where for one year he
engaged in the same business, and in 1836, was employed by the Northern
Bank of Kentucky, in Lexington, as a clerk, having, for the previous year,
been engaged as clerk in the United States Branch Bank of New Orleans. He
removed to Covington, Ky., in 1838, under an appointment as teller in the
Covington Branch, of the Northern Bank of Kentucky, which office he held
until 1849, when he became its cashier, and in 1867 its president, in
which capacity he still serves. The present capital of the branch bank is
$650,000 and the capital of the whole institution is $1,813,900. John P.
Ernst, son of our subject, is the present cashier of the branch in
Covington, Ky. In 1839 Mr. Ernst married Miss Lydia A. Bush, who was first
cashier of the bank, now deceased. Mr. Ernst's wife, Lydia, died in 1841,
leaving one child, who is now Mrs. Amelia Semple, of Covington. In 1843
Mr. Ernst married Sarah A. Butler, of Lexington, who has borne him nine
children, seven of whom are now living, viz: Catherine B., John P.,
Sarah E., James C., Richard P., Edward H. and Alexander B. Mr. Ernst has
served two terms as president of the city council. He is also president
of the Covington & Lexington Turnpike Company, and for many years was
director and treasurer of the Kentucky Central Railroad, and part of the
time its president. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, of
which church he was one of the organizers in 1841. He has been successful
in business, and is highly esteemed by the people of Covington.

Ernst Steinman Bush Semple Butler
Fayette-KY Bucks-PA Lancaster-PA NY Germany

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