from – Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, 1887
John W. Valentine, son of Joseph C. and Judith (McGehee) Valentine, was born in Louisa County, Virginia, March 8, 1816, and is the second in a family of three sons and one daughter. His parents were natives, respectively, of King William and Louisa Counties, Virginia. In 1820 his father moved to South Carolina and engaged in farming; three years later he returned to Virginia, to Spottsylvania County, where he died in 1825, at the age of thirty-two. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and a son of John Valentine, of King William County. John Valentine was a farmer, a soldier of the Revolution and married Susan E. Crenshaw, of King William County, Virginia, who bore him twelve sons; he and his wife were of English descent.
The maternal grandfather of John W. Valentine was William McGehee, who married Elizabeth Scuddy, of Virginia; he was a soldier in the war for independence; an extensive planter and slave-holder, and resided at the mouth of Elk Creek, in which he was drowned in 1828.
John W. Valentine was but nine years old at the time of his father’s death; he then lived with his mother and grandparents, and in 1829 moved with his mother to Warren County, Kentucky. At the age of sixteen he began to learn the tailor’s trade, which he followed for twenty-four years. In 1861 he enlisted in the First Kentucky Confederate Cavalry; was commissioned captain and put in charge of commissary. In June, 1863, he resigned, but remained south until the close of the war, when he returned home. In 1867 he purchased, just east of Bowling Green, forty four acres of land, which he has since improved with a fine residence, and engaged in raising vegetables for the market. In 1870 he was elected jailer of Warren County, and discharged the duties of that office with great credit. He married Anthaline, daughter of John and Mary (Cook) Jackson, and their union was blessed by four children: Mary V. Price, who resides in Mississippi; John F. (deceased); Martha J. (deceased); and Ella D. Mrs. Valentine died January 30, 1850, a devoted member of the Baptist Church. Her parents were born in Amelia County, Virginia, where he father engaged in farming, but in early life moved to Warren County, Kentucky. Mr. Valentine next married Mrs. Mary A. Carson, of Louisa County, Virginia, who had two children by her former husband: Alice M. Holman (deceased) and Valentine Carson. Mr. Valentine is a Democrat, but cast his first presidential vote for General Harrison, in 1840. He and wife are members of the Baptist Church.