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County of Christian, Kentucky. Historical and Biographical. Edited by William Henry Perrin. Illustrated. F. A. Battey Publishing Co., Chicago and Louisville. 1884. Union Schoolhouse Precinct.
JOHN CARTER THURMOND was born in Union Schoolhouse Precinct, this county, on February 25, 1861. He is the third, of nine children of Richard C. and Jennie Eliza Thurmond. His grandfather emigrated to this county from England, and settled in Tennessee, where our subject’s father was born. His mother is a daughter of William A. Summers. John C. was educated in the county school. He farmed at home until within the last three years, since which he has been farming on his own account. He cultivates three farms comprising 700 acres, 500 of which he has in actual cultivation, for attendance to which he employs fifteen hands in summer and eight in winter, raising wheat, tobacco, clover, corn and oats; this year he has 250 acres in wheat. In 1883 he raised 1,200 bushels of wheat; over 1,200 bushels of corn; fifty acres of tobacco and 11,000 pounds of meat from fifty-three hogs. He has 100 sheep, fifteen head of cattle and nine head of work-stock. Having made such progress, he has had to add a steam thresher to his stock of farming implements. On November 1, 1883, he was married to Miss Lela E. Wood, at the residence of her father in Christian County, Ky. She is the third child of Lee and Mary (Bennett) Wood. She joined the Baptist Church at the age of fifteen, and was educated in the common schools of Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky. She taught subscription school for three months at Pisgah. Mr. Thurmond began life with but small means, leaving success to follow in the wake of great industry, and the good resulting from that steadiness of purpose and common sense of which he is possessed, is his present prosperity.