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Dr James Henry Hereford
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Birth: Dec. 11, 1796
Death: Feb. 8, 1885

Dr. James Henry Hereford married twice. He married first Cynthia McComas born 1802 VA, the daughter of Moses McComas and his wife Lucy Napier from Cabell Co VA. Some researchers have listed their marriage year as 1818. I do not know if she died or they divorced or where she was buried. He married 2nd on June 16 1840 in Pike Co. KY, Meriba Ratliff (1816-1903).

From Kentucky: a history of the state...
"He settled in Prestonburg (Floyd Co KY) in 1825, was an ardent Whig and admirer of Clay and Prentice, and for many years was a correspondent of the Louisville Journal. His death took place in February, 1885..."

In Memorium

Dr J H Hereford departed this life on the 9th inst., at his home, at Walnut Grove, Floyd county, Ky. The subject of this sketch was born in Fairfax county, Virginia, on Long Branch, a tributary of Accotine Creek, on Sunday, December 11, 1796, consequently his age at the time of his death was 88 years, 1 month and 28 days. He was descended from one of the oldest families in Virginia, his ancestors having in intercolonial times on the paternal side come from Herefordshire, England. His mother, Betty Hereford, nee Patterson, was a cousin to Madam Jerome Bonoparte, who died in Baltimore in 1879, at the advanced age of 95. Ancestors of his mother came from Tipperay county, Ireland. His father, John Hereford, was born in Fairfax county, Virginia, on the 3rd day of February, 1758, and who was of Revolutionary fame, and held the rank of Adjutant Major under General Lafayette at the siege of Yorktown. Few men ever enjoyed higher reputation for sterling honesty and veracity. In his nature, brave, generous, and magnanimous he commanded respect and won esteem wherever he went. Without an enemy in the world he lived; admired and regretted by all he died in the 89th year of his age.

Dr J H Hereford came to Kentucky in 1830; located at Louisa, Ky., and commenced the practice of medicine, in which he was quite successful. In August, 1821 he went to Tennessee to treat the cholera, of which disease he claimed to be proficient, and returned to his home, in Louisa, Ky., on December 24, 1831. Moved to Floyd county, Ky., in 1832, when he lived until November, 1840, at which time he moved to Pike county, Ky., and remained there one year, and returned to Floyd county, where he lived until the year 1851, at which time he moved to Covington, Ky., and remained there until 1857; while in Covington he had a lucrative practice, and after leaving that place he returned to Walnut Grove, in Floyd county, Ky., where he spent the remainder of his days. He was twice married, and God committed to his care a number of children, five of whom survive him, as also his second wife. His last illness which was of long duration and attended with great suffering, he bore with true Christian patience and submissiveness.

Six months previous to his death he spoke quite freely of his religious feelings expressing his hopes of the future life through the meritorious death of the Savior and an entire acquiescence in the Divine will. A firm believer in Christian religion, was an earnest member of the Baptist Church, faltering not in the declaration of child-like faith. Years of suffering that had no sting on pallid lips are rolled together as a scroll inscribed in letters of starry brightness. Having his generation faithfully and well he came to his grave in a full age, like as a stock of corn cometh in its season. It will also be gratifying to his friends for the writer to add that he retained his senses to the last, and died in the triumph of faith.

At rest beloved father
Peaceful in thy grave so low.
Thy sheaves are safely garnered
In yon Celestial City.
Thy harvest is gathered
In heaven, that beautiful land--
The day is far sped
And thy labor ended!
The battle of life closed at last.
Rest, beloved father, rest,
In dust thy final home,
Thou hast found rest
Sweet rest; everlasting Rest.
---M L H

(Note: M L H is Mary Lavinia Hereford Hatcher, daughter of James Hereford)

Note: There is an online transcription for Hereford Cemetery under UsGenWeb Floyd Co KY. There are a large number of the Hereford family buried here but no one has made them memorials. 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  John Hereford (1758 - 1846)
 
 Spouse:
  Meriba Ratliff Hereford (1816 - 1903)*
 
 Children:
  Frances Elizabeth Hereford Canterbury (1826 - 1901)*
  Mary Lavinia Hereford Hatcher (1843 - 1929)*
 
 Siblings:
  James Henry Hereford (1796 - 1885)
  Ann Elizabeth Hereford George (1814 - 1873)*
  Mary Mauzey Hereford Bradley (1822 - 1910)*
  Ammon Barnes Hereford (1827 - 1872)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Hereford Cemetery
Prestonsburg
Floyd County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Cameron-Ashley Heath
Record added: Aug 28, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75626584
Dr James Henry Hereford
Added by: Donna Taylor Montgomery
 
 
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Blessings from a cousin who moved west
- Cerelle Bolon
 Added: Aug. 3, 2015
 
 
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