In this biography are initials I had to research – F. & A. M. – which means Free and Accepted Masons.
from Kentucky – A History of the State, Perrin, Vol. 8B, 1888
Benjamin K. Bethurum was born in Rockcastle County, Kentucky, in 1817. His father, David Bethurum, a native of Pennsylvania, came to Kentucky at an early date and settled in what is now Rockcastle County, where he lived a farmer the remainder of his life. His wife, Margaret (Kincade) Bethurum, was born in Virginia. They were the parents of eight children, viz.: Mary, Sarah, James and Matilda (twins), Benjamin K., Joseph G., Nancy and Porter. Benjamin K. Bethurum was reared on the farm and educated in the common schools; he has followed farming from boyhood. In 1858 he was elected county judge of Rockcastle County, and was re-elected in 1862. He then held no office until 1886, when he was elected county attorney of his county and is the present incumbent of that office. February 14, 1839, he married Lucy A., daughter of James and Mary (Vaughn) Lewis, of Rockcastle County. To this union have been born six children, viz.: Mary J., David, James, Margaret, Charlie and Alice. Mr. and Mrs. Bethurum are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Bethurum is also a member of the F. & A. M. fraternity, and in politics is a Republican.