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810 > Page 810 of History of Henderson County, Kentucky : val

HISTORY OF HENDERSON COUNTY, KY. in 1793. He fought at the battle of New Orleans, and died in Hen- derson County in 1838. His pAternal grandmother was Rebecca Stevens Dudley, of English descent. She immigrated to Henderson from North Carolina at an early age, and died in 1833. Jenks W. Williams, on the sixteenth da! of January, 1855, mar- ried Miss Miry Weaver, daughter of Littleberry Weaver, a beautiful woman, and one who has shown marked motherly talent in raising her children. She is a woman full of energy in the face of adversity or prosperity, and has performed life's duties nobly and as becoming a good, true wife. She was born in the City of Louisville on the tenth day of Alpril, 1839, and came to Henderson when only three'years of age. By her marriage, seven children have been born, five living, Lillian Jas- per, Eliza, Mary, Jenks and Sallie. Lillian married Joseph Bennett and has two children, Jenks W. and Lida; Sallie married John P. Moore, of New York, and has one son, John. The mother of Mrs. Williams was a daughter of Colonel Robert Smith. She died in 1883 at the home of her son Albert. Jenks W. WVilliams, from early life, has made the town his home, and has proven himself a useful citizen. He has held several offices, and in every instance has proven himself worthy of the trust. During the year 1866, '67, '68 and '69, he served as Jailer of Henderson County; in 1857 and '58 as Constable; in 1886 as City Councilman. For ten years he was engaged in the tobacco business with Joseph Adams, and subsequently in the same capacity with other tobacco- nists. In 1869, while Jailer of the county, the Ku-Klux attempted to mob a prisoner confined in the jail. Mr. Williams was found at his post, and, mainly through his influence, be that what it may, the mob dispersed, leaving the prisoner still in the jail. For several years Mr. Williams was proprietor ot the Commercial Hotel on Third Street, and then of the Hord House, until 1884, when he rented his present house, on Main, near First Street. This house he fitted up in handsome style. It contains twenty furnished rooms, and a dining room of eating capacity for sixty-two persons. The hotel is a credit to his energy and taste, and is largely patronized. Mr. Williams is very much like a well regulated clock-never idle. PHILIP LUDSON JOHNSTON, of Pennsylvania, c me to Hen- derson in 1839 or '40, and, being a practical distiller, engaged in that business in the Horse Shoe Bend with two of his brothers. This was the first sweet mash distillery -built in the county. On the twenty- fifth day of Febi uary. 1841, he married Miss Eliza Worsham, and, only a short time afterwards, returned to his native State, Town of Easton, 810