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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.
JOHN B. ENGLAND, one of the most thrifty and enterprising farmers of Calloway County, was born in Cumberland County, Va., July 30, 1823. He is the fourth of a family of six children of John and Mary B. England, who settled in Calloway County in 1839, emigrating at that date from Virginia. John England, the father of John B., was born in 1786, in Hanover County, Va., where he grew to manhood. He served as a soldier in the war of 1812, at the close of which he married Miss Mary B. Cayce, who was born in Virginia in 1792. She lived to the advanced age of eighty-two years, and died in Calloway County, her husband having died two years subsequent to their settlement in this county. They were both advocates of pioneer Methodism, in the faith of which they trustingly died. John B. England received a common school education, chiefly in Virginia, and has assiduously devoted his life to the pursuits of agriculture, in which he has been quite successful. He now owns near Murray a tract of land consisting of 560 acres. In political faith Mr. England is a stanch Republican, and has been repeatedly called to fill positions of public trust. In 1851 he was elected to the office of county assessor, serving one term; next, in 1862, he was elected to the office of county clerk of Calloway County, serving four years; was assessor of internal revenue from 1867 to 1869, and for several years has served as United States commissioner for the Sixth District of Kentucky, which position he now holds. Mr. England has been twice married; first to Mrs. Lizzie Smothermen formerly Bramlett, of Memphis, Tenn.; she died in May, 1871, leaving two children: Etta C. and Bernard B. England. The second wife was Susan M., daughter of the late Dr. John B. Graham, of Calloway County. She died in September, 1883, the mother of two children: Kenton B. and John G. England. Mr. England is a worthy member of the Masonic order, I.O.O.F., and of the Methodist Episcopal Church.