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Ambrose Y. CULTON 12342 - Knox Co.

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Ambrose Y. CULTON 12342 - Knox Co.

Posted: 12 Feb 2014 6:44AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Culton, Anderson, Gibson, Severe
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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.

AMBROSE Y. CULTON, attorney at law, Barboursville, Knox County, Ky., was born in Knox County, January 8, 1842. His ancestors came from North Ireland, and settled in Alabama and Virginia. His parents, James and Marinda L. (Anderson) Culton, were both natives of Knox County. They had seven children, viz: Augustus B., John W., James C., Ambrose Y., Martha J. and Henry C. (twins), and Thomas J. James Culton, Sr., is a farmer by occupation. About 1844 he was elected to the Legislature from Knox and Harlan Counties, and was re-elected in 1854. He was elected county judge of Harlan County in 1858, and held that office twelve years. He was also licensed to practice law, and has been quite a prominent attorney in eastern Kentucky. He is also a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has devoted a great deal of his time to the ministry. Ambrose Y. Culton was reared and educated in Harlan County. He followed farming until 1863, when he entered the Federal army as Sergeant of Company H, Forty-ninth Kentucky Infantry, served until April, 1864, when he entered Company I, Seventh Kentucky Cavalry as Second Lieutenant, and upon the consolidation of the Sixth and Seventh Regiments he served in that capacity until September, 1865. He was severely wounded in the charge on Fort Tyler, Ga., Aril 17, 1865, and is pensioned by the Government. After muster-out he returned to Clay County and was engaged in no regular business until 1866, when he moved to Barboursville, Knox County, and engaged in the mercantile business until 1875; in the latter year his property and goods, amounting to about $20,000, were destroyed by fire. In 1880 he received an appointment from the Government as numerator of the First District. He had previously studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1880, since when he has devoted his attention to the practice of law. In 1878 he made an active race for State Senator from the Seventeenth Senatorial District, and was again a candidate in 1887, carrying his county nearly unanimously. May 23, 1864, he married Miss Amelia L. Gibson, a daughter of T. G. and Martha J. (Severe) Gibson, of Clay County, Ky. They are the parents of nine children, viz: Martha E., Sciota Nash, Chelsea, Katie, James, A. Y., John, Bunden G. and Ann. Mr. Culton is a Democrat in political affairs.

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