Saturday, April 7, 2018


JAMES S. MORTON, M. D., was born in Hartford, Ky., May 24, 1828. His father, Isaac Morton, came to this county with his parents from Maryland when a child; was reared here, and for many years was in mercantile business in Hartford. His wife was Sarah H. (Shanks) Morton, of Bullitt County, Ky.  James S. was the third child in a family of ten children. At twenty years of age he began the study of medicine, and eight months later attended the Louisville Medical College, graduating therefrom in 1850. He located in Mount Vernon, Ill., where he practiced two years. He then went to California, and engaged in mining interests and the practice of his profession for seven years. He then came to Livermore, Ky., and practiced till September 22, 1861, when he, with two others, raised Company 0, Ninth Kentucky Infantry, Confederate service. He was commissioned second lieutenant, and was afterward elected captain of cavalry, but resigned, went into the ranks; was then appointed assistant surgeon, and was again commissioned lieutenant. He served till the close of the war; participated in the battle of Chickamauga, Atlanta campaign, etc. At the close of the war he resumed the practice of his profession at Hartford, Ky., where he has since remained. He is now, and has been for ten years past, county physician, and is a member of the board of health.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W. H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  James Shanks Morton died in Ohio County 12 Dec 1913 at age 85. Apparently he never married.  He is buried in the Oakwood Cemetery at Hartford.

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