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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.
DR. JAMS HENRY USHER was born January 28, 1806, near Rocktown, now Harrisonburg, Rockingham Co., Va. He is the second of nine children of David and Rebecca (Irvin) Usher. The family emigrated to Christian County in 1802. Mr. Robert Usher, the Doctor’s grandfather, came here in 1811. They settled three miles southeast of Hopkinsville on the Clarksville road, where the grandparents died; David, his father, dying here also, in 1835, followed by his wife at the age of seventy-five years, in 1858. The Doctor remained with his father’s family until he commenced to read medicine with Dr. William D. Cope. He married Miss Lucinda Compton December 29, 1831, in Washington County, Ky. Dr. Usher’s two sons, James H. and Francis M., were graduates in medicine at Pennsylvania University in 1857. J. H. settled in Milburn, Ballard Co., Ky., and practiced about four years, when he died. F. M. settled in Fulton County, near Hickman, and has secured a large practice. Dr. Usher had three others sons and seven daughters: Sarah T. L. S. Proctor; A. V. married B. B. Nance; Mary E.; Ophelia H., married F. J. Northington; Josephine H., present wife of B. B. Nancy; Emma E., married T. G. Gaines; and Marietta, married R. H. Scott, of Illinois. Dr. Usher remained in Washington County, practicing medicine one year, and then removed to his present homestead, and has remained there ever since, engaged in farming, excepting a period of five years, during which he practiced medicine here. Mrs. Usher died on June 17, 1875.