Marion County Biographies

Virginia Owsley

Contributed By: Sandi Gorin

Author: Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, Volume 5

MRS. VIRGINIA OWSLEY was born June 1, 1835; her grandfather, John Tucker, was a native of the Old Dominion, was a noted divine of the Methodist Church, and was one of the pioneer ministers of Kentucky, and he and wife were murdered at Fort Columbia by the Indians. His family consisted of two sons and two daughters, among whom was James H., the father of Mrs. Virginia Owsley. James H. Tucker was born January 15, 1788, and married Nancy Kennett of Marion County, and to them were born twelve children; of that number six are living - John H., Elizabeth (Avritt), Rhoda (Yowell), Dr. James H., Dr. D. C., and Mrs. Virginia Owsley.  Nancy Kennett was born January 31, 1791, and died March 23, 1856. James H. Tucker during his lifetime followed the pursuits of the farm. He was a man of undoubted
integrity and sterling worth, and held the esteem of all who knew him, in token of which he held the office of magistrate in his county for many years; his death occurred in 1871.

Mrs. Virginia Owsley, a native of Marion County, has been twice married, first in 1854 to Leonard Taylor. This union was blessed by the birth of five sons: James H., Albert C., DeWitt C., John
and Leonard. Mr. Taylor died in 1865. He was a farmer, was one of the landed proprietors of Boyle County, and left a neat fortune to his children. His father, Henry Taylor, owned a large estate in Marion County, and was one of its magistrates for many years. He reared a family of twelve children, of whom one son (John) is the only survivor. Mrs. Virginia's second marriage took place in 1871, with Lucien C. Owsley, a native of Alabama, and to this marriage is born one son, William. Mrs. Owsley is the owner of a neat farm of excellent land lying at the confluence of the north and south branches of Rolling Fork River in Marion County, where she was
born. She has been a life-long member of the Methodist Church.



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