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John G. MORTON 12360 - Hopkins Co

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John G. MORTON 12360 - Hopkins Co

Posted: 10 Mar 2014 8:01AM GMT
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Morton, Gordon, Young
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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume IV, Battle-Perrin-Kniffien, 3rd ed., 1886.

JOHN G. MORTON, banker, was born June 8, `811, in Hopkins County. He is a son of Samuel and Minerva (Gordon) Morton. The father was born in Jessamine County, Ky., and came with his parents to Henderson (now Hopkins) County in 1798. They settled at Morton’s Gap, where Thomas Morton, grandfather of our subject, built the first brick house ever built in this county, which, as an evidence of honest labor performed in these early days, still remains in an excellent state of preservation. Samuel Morton died in 1865, aged sixty-nine. The mother was born in Henderson (now Hopkins) County, in 1805; she died in 1848. The father was engaged in farming and merchandising; he also held the office of justice of the peace, and represented the county in the legislature in 1846, held the office of sheriff in 1850, and in 1856 was elected county judge, which position he held at the time of his death. Our subject was reared on a farm, and at the age of twenty-one was appointed postmaster of Madisonville; this office he afterward resigned and was appointed constable; he held this office about eight years, and as deputy sheriff two years, after which he was engaged in merchandising three years. During the war he handled tobacco and traded generally. At the close of the war he engaged in banking, which he has continued; he is also largely engaged in farming, and owns over 2,500 acres, which are divided into eight farms, employing from twenty to thirty hands. Mr. Morton was married, in 1846, to Miss N. E. Young, of this county. This union has been blessed with six children – three sons and three daughters. Ms. Morton is a member of the Christian Church.

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