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Mary Cyrene Breckinridge Mary Cyrene Breckinridge was born in Scott County, Ky., over eighty years ago. Her father, Clifton Rodes Burch, and her mother, Althea Viley, died when she was yet a child, leaving her to the care of relatives, though with means suffi- cient for an ample support. Sts Of her father, Gen. Gust DOW. Smith said that he was one of the mosl respected men in his community. He died when she was quite young, but her mother's influence survived through life. She was! brought up in the home of her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Burch, of whom she always spoke with grateful love. When she grew older, she was sent to a boarding school in Georgetown, where her life seems to have been a very happy one. While still under twenty years of age, she was married to John C. Breckinridge, and the first part of their married life was spent in George- town, in a house now occupied by one of the members of the Georgetown Chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy. Later, they moved to Lexington, and bought a pretty home in the suburbs of the town, where perhaps the happiest years of my Mother's life were spent. I think not more than ten years were spent there when, my Father's political duties calling him so much to Washington, the