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Mrs. Fannie Black Biography

It’s very rare to see the biography of a woman in these late 19th century books!  Hurray for Mrs. Black!

from Kentucky, A History of the State, Perrin, 1887

Bracken County

Mrs. Fannie Black, a lady of culture and refinement, was born in Mason County, Kentucky, and is a daughter of Madison and Elizabeth (Bledsoe) Worthington.  Her father, Madison Worthington, also a native of Mason County, Kentucky, has always engaged in agricultural pursuits, and is a son of Thomas T. Worthington, who was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, immigrated to Kentucky in 1796, and settled in Mason County.  He was a son of Samuel Worthington, a very wealthy gentleman, who was a native of England.  Mrs. Elizabeth Worthington was a daughter of Benjamin and Fannie (Hawkins) Bledsoe; she died in 1854.  Mrs. Fannie Black was reared in Mason County, and educated at the female institute of that county.  June 10, 1862, she married Willie Black, son of Rudolph and Eliza (Cushman) Black.  He was born in Bracken County, Kentucky, September 9, 1835, and died June 1, 1879.  Four children blessed this union, two of whom are now living, viz:  Blanche and Claude.  Mr. Black was industrious, active, energetic and painstaking in whatever he engaged in, and, for some time prior to his death, was interested in the tobacco business in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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