Obituaries From Bracken County, Kentucky
Abner Holton was born in Fauquier County, Virginia, March 10, 1790. He was the youngest son of Reverend William and Abigail German Holton. He married Mary Ann Blackerby in Mason County May 20, 1812. She was the daughter of Jeduthan and Mary Ann Orear Chamberlayne Blackerby. The Holton family moved from Fauquier County to Mason County about 1795, and settled near Minerva. Ten of their eleven children came with them, the oldest, Mrs. Malinda Orear, remained in Fauquier County with her family. Abner and Mary Ann Holton had two children, Augustus Frederick and Frederica A. Holton. Abner Holton served in the War of 1812 as a private in Captain Charles Ward’s Company, Third Regiment, Kentucky Mounted Militia, commanded by Lt. Col. Andrew Porter from September 1, 1812, to October 15, 1812. He also served in Captain Joseph Logan’s company, Kentucky Volunteer Militia, commanded by Lt. Col. Porter from September 10, 1814, to October 9, 1814. The Holton family were Baptists in Virginia. When they moved to Kentucky they became members of the Bracken Baptist Church near Minerva on Bracken Creek in Mason County. Abner Holton and his family moved to Bracken County in the 1820’s. He and his family became members of the Willow Creek Baptist Church. Abner was named trustee on October 23, 1827, and was ordained as a minister by the church on February 18, 1828. He died on October 27, 1857, and was buried in the Blackerby Family Cemetery at Berlin, Bracken County.