Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 3rd ed., 1886. Monroe County.
JOHN T. FLOWERS was born April 3, 1836, in Monroe County,Ky. He is the eleventh of four sons and eleven daughters, fourteen of whom lived to be grown, born of Joel and Elizabeth (Branch) Flowers. Joel Flowers was born in Buckingham County, Va.; was a farmer and soldier of 1812;
immigrated to Monroe County,Ky., about 1834; purchased and improved a farm, where he lived till his death. He was a son of Patterson Flowers, who was born and reared in Virginia, and of English and Irish origin. Mrs. Elizabeth Flowers was born and reared in Virginia, a daughter of
Jonathan Branch, of Virginia, who was a farmer and shoemaker; came to Monroe County about 1834; was one of the patriots of 1812. John T. Flowers was reared on a farm and received a common English education. He lived with his parents until 1854; when he went to California overland, and engaged in farming and mining for nineteen years in the
Pacific States and Territories in which he has traveled extensively. He returned to Monroe County, Ky., and engaged in farming. He is the owner of eighty acres of good land, in a high state of cultivation. In September, 1883, he bought one-third interest in a grist and saw-mill,
at Flippin, to which he turned his entire attention. He married in February, 1876, Nancy Caruth, of Allen County, and a daughter of Duke Caruth. Mr. Flowers and wife are members of the Baptist Church. In politics he is a Democrat, and cast his first presidential vote for S.