Jeremiah "Jerry" Weldon South was born July 10, 1805 in Madison County, KY to General Samuel South and Martha "Patsy" Glover.
Jerry moved to Breathitt County in 1827 and commenced to mine for coal. He lived on a farm on the south side of the river two miles above Jackson. Helped to create Breathitt County, attending to the advertising and circulation of the petitions, and volunteered his sevices without compensation to go to Frankfort and advocate the formation of the new county before the Legislature. The county was formed in the early part of 1839, from parts of Estill, Clay and Perry and was named for Governor Breathitt, who was the governor of the State at that time. For his effort, Jeremiah was sometime called the "father of Breathitt County."
In 1840 he represented Breathitt and Morgan Counties in the Legislature one term, and in 1843 was elected to the Senate and served one term. He was also magistrate of Breathitt County for several years. Appointed Colonel of the KY Volunteers during the Mexican War, but saw no action.
Jerry moved to Frankfort in 1859 to become Keeper of the Ky Penitentiary serving two terms 1859-1863 and 1870-1880. On April 15, 1880, he dropped dead on the Senate floor in the Old State House in Frankfort. Flags were flown at half-mast for five days. Jeremiah Weldon South is buried in the Frankfort Cemetery.
The South Family, by Christine South Gee
Recollections of Breathitt County, by J. Green Trimble
Article on the Cardwell Family, by Stephen Bowling - Jackson Times
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