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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, pg 114-115. Ballard Co.
James H. Buchanan, Esq., was born March 23, 1833, in Warren County, N.C., and in 1847 removed with his parents to Montgomery County, Tenn., then in 1849 to Christian County, Ky., and in 1858 to Ballard County, where he has since resided. His father, James Buchanan, a native of North Carolina, died in 1873, at the age of sixty-five years. He was the son of James, a Revolutionary soldier. Subject’s mother Martha T., daughter of Jones and Nancy (Reeves) Mabry , of North Carolina, died in 1870, aged sixty three years. To her and husband were born subject, Emily D.(Gee), and Susan R. (O’Donley). Our subject was married, November 30, 1854, to Miss Martha A., born October 15, 1838, daughter of James and Mary R. (Lee) O’Donley of Christian County, and from this union sprang James H.(deceased) Leonard A., William W., Althea M. (Jeter), Marion L., Thaddeus E., Susan M., John E., Nettie B., R..C., Ernest and Allie. Subject is a farmer, owning 337 acres of land, 160 of which are in a high state of cultivation . He is very successful in growing fine tobacco, having received $1.25 per pound for that article. He has long been an elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and in politics is a Democrat.