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Buford Mahan Biography

from Marion County, Kentucky – Biographies

Buford Mahan was born June 1, 1829.  His father, James V. Mahan, was a native of Virginia; was born in 1794, and was brought to Kentucky by his parents when he was four years of age.  After attaining his majority he was married to Matilda Penick, a daughter of Edward and Nancy Penick, of Marion County.  To James V. Mahan and his wife, Matilda, were born the following children:  Edward, William, Buford, James, Agnes (the wife of Rev. S. W. Cheney, of Springfield, Kentucky), Nancy (Moore, now Penny) of Perryville, Kentucky, Mattie (the wife of H. C. Dunn) and Anna (the wife of Isaac Lewis).  The mother was a member of the Presbyterian Church, and died in that faith on the 16th of July, 1862.  James V. Mahan was a farmer, and a worker in the Presbyterian Church, and it is said that few men of his day surpassed him in a knowledge of the doctrines of the church.  He died at Perryville in 1873.  His father, William Mahan, was of Scotch and Irish parentage; was born in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in 1760; moved to Virginia in 1782, and came to Kentucky in 1798, and located on what was known as the James Sanders survey on Muldrow’s Hall in Green, now Taylor County.  He was a minister in the Presbyterian church and a teacher of Latin, Greek and Hebrew languages.  While yet a resident of Virginia he married a Miss Venable, and they reared a family of six children:  William, Samuel, James, Elizabeth (Harbison), Jane (Foster), and Mary, wife of Judge Reade, of Indiana.  Buford Mahan was born and reared on his father’s farm near Bradfordsville, Marion County.  He was educated in the common schools, finishing at Lebanon Male Seminary, under W. T. Knott; taught school for a short time, and at the age of twenty-one engaged in farming on his own account, but soon after connected with that occupation of business of trading in stock.  In later years he has sold goods for parties in Lebanon, Kentucky, where he is yet employed.  He was married October 8, 1861, to Miss Harriet F. Crawford.  Six children have been born to this union:  James C., Sallie C., Emma, John R., Hugh D. and William H.  Harriet (Crawford) Mahan was born in 1833.  She is a daughter of John and Sallie Crawford, who were of Scotch and Irish parentage, and residents of Marion County, Kentucky.  Mr. and Mrs. Mahan are consistent members of the Presbyterian Church, with which they united under the ministry of Rev. Thomas H. Cleland, of Lebanon, Kentucky.  Mr. Mahan is a Republican, but liberal in his views, and casts his ballot for men rather than for party.

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