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E. W. Lillard, Biography

from Mercer County, Kentucky – Biographies

E. W. Lillard was born January 1, 1862, in Anderson County, Kentucky, and is a son of Ephraim and Martha (McQuiddy) Lillard, to whom six sons and eight daughters were born, eleven now living, E. W., being the twelfth in order of birth.  Ephraim Lillard was born in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky, about 1819.  He is one of the leading farmers, and before the war owned considerable slave property.  He is a devoted member of the Christian Church.  He is a son of Ephraim Lillard, who was a large farmer and distiller; he reared a large family, from whom spring many families of that name in Kentucky.  The latter, in turn, was a son of Captain John Lillard, who was born in Culpeper County, Virginia, and married a Pulliam, removed to Mercer County, Kentucky, between 1782 and 1784, and settled on Salt River, near the line of Boyle County, south of Harrodsburg.  Captain John was a son of Benjamin Lillard, who came from England or Wales as early as 1725; he also married  a Miss Pulliam.  Martha (McQuiddy) Lillard was born and reared in Kentucky.  Her father came from Ireland, and was a pioneer farmer of Kentucky who married a Miss Perry.  E. W. Lillard was reared on a farm, and received a common English education, which was finished at the Kentucky University.  At the age of eighteen years he entered the drug business at Lawrenceburg, where he remained three years; then went to Richmond and engaged in the same business eighteen months.  In January, 1885, he located in Lancaster, Kentucky, where he opened and operates one of the finest drug stores in the county.  He has taken a course of pharmacy, which makes him a safe and competent druggist to deal with.  H was united in marriage August 4, 1886, to Lula Stout, of LaRue County, daughter of John B. Stout, whose father was a Knickerbocker and who himself came from New York to Kentucky, and was one of the leading educators of the state.  E. W. Lillard is a member of the Baptist Church; in politics is a Democrat.  October 30, 1885, he was elected captain of Company G, Second Regiment, Kentucky State Guards.  He served in this capacity during the years 1883-1886, during which time he was placed in command of the troops at Greenwood mines; he resigned his commission soon after the withdrawal of the troops.

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