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James A. Brite Biography

from Allen County, Kentucky – Biographies

James A. Brite is a native of Allen County, born December 22, 1817.  His father, James Brite, was a South Carolinian by birth.  He married Mary Burton; she died in 1839, aged seventy years.  She left a family of nine children.  James Brite was of Irish parentage, and was a farmer by occupation; he died in 1825.  He was a son of Tobias Brite, a native of South Carolina, who came to Kentucky in 1805; and whose age, at his death in 1825, was upward of ninety years.  James A. was only six years of age when his father died, and he continued to reside with his mother until her death.  His early education was limited to the “winter terms” in the common schools; his summers were spent in labor on the farm, but by close application to business and home reading, after arriving at manhood, he obtained an education sufficient for all the ordinary business of life.  In 1847 he came into possession of his inheritance in the homestead farm, to which he has added at different times since.  He now is the proprietor of 600 acres of land, 300 of which he has brought into a high state of cultivation, and improved with good fences, large, comfortable dwelling, barns, and eight acres of orchard producing a great variety of fruit.  His farm is admirably adapted to grass and has excellent water privileges.  Mr. Brite has given most of his attention to stock raising, in which he has been very successful.  In 1839 he was united in marriage with Virginia, daughter of Walter and Cynthia A. Bush, natives of Virginia, who removed to Kentucky, where Mr. Bush was among the first settlers of Barren County.  He was a farmer by occupation, and “cleared” a large farm upon which he lived to a ripe old age.  Mr. and Mrs. Brite are the parents of four children, two of whom are living, namely:  James W. and Elizabeth J.  Mr. Brite is a member of the Baptist Church.  He is a Democrat, but has no political aspirations.  He is a gentleman of sterling integrity, and as a public-spirited citizen he commands the respect of the community in which he resides.

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