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Subject: R. L. BILLINGTON 8996, Ballard Co.
Author: sgorin
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2003
Classification: Biography
Surnames: Billington, Wageworth, Jackson, Crawford, Aaron

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Histories and Biographies of Ballard, Calloway, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, McCracken and Marshall Counties, Kentucky A Reprint of Part H of Battle. J.H., W.H. Perrin And G.C. Kniffin. Kentucky: A History of the State. First Edition. Louisville, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1885. Ballard Co.

R. L. (Ransom Lee) BILLINGTON was born August 1, 1840, in Bedford County, Tenn., and is the youngest of six children (four boys) born to Jared and Farraby (Wageworth) Billington, natives of Tennessee and Virginia, respectively, and son and daughter of Ezekiel Billington and Jason Wageworth, of English and Scotch origin. He was reared on a farm and attended school about three months in his lifetime. His father died January, 1853, in McCracken County; his mother died in Texas, in 1866, aged sixty-nine years. The family moved to McCracken County, in 1840, and located twelve miles west of Paducah. In 1855, R. L., with his mother, moved to Graves County, Ky., and in 1856, moved to Robertson County, Tex., where he was engaged in herding cattle till March, 1859, when he came to Ballard County, Ky., in the vicinity of Blandville, where he was engaged in farming. In September, 1861, he enlisted in Company E, Seventh Regiment Tennessee Calvary, under Capt. Nealey, William Jackson, colonel commanding. He took part in the battles of Nashville, Murfreesboro, Tenn., Sukatonica Bridge, Miss., Fort Pillow, Britton’s Lane, Tenn., Island No.10 (here his company escaped after surrender), Shiloh, Harrisburg, Miss., Corinth, Mitchell’s Cross Roads, Holly Springs, and was at Vicksburg when it surrendered, but escaped again; was at the fight at Franklin, and was in Forrest’s command. He surrendered and took the oath in May, 1865. He returned to Ballard, was accused of being a captain of a guerilla company, was arrested and imprisoned at Paducah, till July 2, 1865, but proved his innocence and was released. He was married July 11, 1865, to Miss Carolina Crawford, of McCracken County, Ky., native of Henry County, Tenn., and daughter of John and Fannie (Aaron) Crawford, natives of Tennessee and Virginal respectively. He had born to him three children: Ella Lee (deceased), Emma A. and Bedford C., and after marriage he engaged in farming. Mr. Billington is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and the K. Of H. and he and wife are members of the Baptist Church. In 1882, he was elected jailer of Ballard County, which office he still holds.