Major Daniel Branch Price was the son of John Price and Frances Branch, born May 1, 1789, in Powhatan County, Virginia. His father came to Kentucky in the early years of the state, bringing his family with him. At an early age Daniel Price was appointed deputy clerk for Samuel H. Woodson, Jessamine County Clerk. Woodson resigned in 1816, and Daniel Price held the office until 1851 – a record of 35 years!
In 1813, Daniel Price married Eliza Crockett, a daughter of Col. Joseph Crockett. Eliza died in the 1832 cholera epidemic. Daniel married Mary Jane Stuart, daughter of Rev. Robert Stuart and Hannah Todd, in 1836. He had several children from both marriages. One son, by this first wife, Eliza, was Samuel Woodson Price (1828-1918). Samuel was a Civil War Union Brevet Brigadier General, a commander of the 27th Kentucky Volunteer Infantry. In the 1850 census of Jessamine County is listed as 22, an artist. After the war, he became noted as a painter of portraits.
In the 1860 census of Jessamine County, Daniel B. Price is listed as 71, a farmer, born in Virginia. His wife, Mary J., is 56. They have the following children living with them: Daniel B., 21; Eliza V., 19; Robert S., 17; and Margaret, 14.
Dr. Robert J. Breckinridge said of him, ‘Probably no citizen of Jessamine County was ever more favorably known, and certainly no one was ever more thoroughly respected.’ Daniel Price died October 20, 1860, and is buried in the Lexington Cemetery, in Fayette County.
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