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Jeremiah DAVIDSON 12381 - Greenup County

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Jeremiah DAVIDSON 12381 - Greenup County

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Classification: Biography
Surnames: Davidson, Corum
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Kentucky Genealogy and Biography, Volume 8B – Battle – Perrin – Kniffin, 1886.

JEREMIAH DAVIDSON, a native of Lawrence County, Ohio, and son of John and Margaret Davidson, was born November 4, 1815, and is of Irish-Welsh descent. At the age of seven years he lost his mother, and at twelve his father. Of the five sons and two daughters born to his parents, he was the youngest, and at the early age of thirteen he left the homestead and went to Cincinnati, where he was instructed in both shoemaking and tailoring, but principally as a salesman in a clothing store, and in October, 1832, came to Greenup County, Ky., where for a time he worked at tailoring, but soon entered into business and in the meantime engaged in hotel-keeping for about eleven years, during which he applied himself to the study of law. October 31, 1846, he was admitted to the bar of inferior and appellate courts, and entered upon active duties in his profession. He was a magistrate under the old Constitution for several years, until the present one was adopted, and served as justice of the peace four years prior to June 1, 1887. In December, 1834, he married Miss Eliza A. Corum, daughter of Jesse Corum, Sr., the fruits of said marriage being six sons and two daughters, two sons and one daughter being now deceased. Those living are Henry C., farmer in Scioto County, Ohio; Charles W., deputy clerk of courts of Greenup County; Theodore F., surgeon and physician at Portsmouth, Ohio; Edgar P., contractor, and Miss Annie M., a teacher in the Greenup Academy. Mr. Davidson was one of the editors and proprietors of the Greenup Record, an independent weekly, and the first newspaper published in northeastern Kentucky. This was prior to the war of 1861. He was the first common-school commissioner under the public school law of Kentucky, and held the office several terms. He has for many years been commissioned as a notary public, and is also an examiner for Greenup County, and has had many years’ practice as attorney before the various departments at Washington, D. C. He is a Freemason, Democrat, and a member of the Presbyterian Church, and often served as special judge in the circuit and other courts. He is strictly temperate in all his habits, sprightly and well preserved for a man on the shady side of “three score and ten.”

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