James was born 4 March 1828 in Rye Cove, Scott County Virginia, the son of William and Francis Pendleton Horton. The 1850 census lists his occupation as Physician. In March of 1862 James enlisted in Confederate Army, Company C, Virginia 48th Infantry Regiment and by April 21 had been promoted to Full Captain.
The 1870 census gives his occupation as “Seat in Legislature.” This article is from The Abingdon Virgnian, May 1863.
Amanda Christie Kilgore was born 19 June 1823, the daughter of Hiram Kilgore and Mary B. Salling.
Dr. James H. Horton married Amanda Kilgore on 8 May 1851.
Their children were:
Hiram Kilgore Horton born 2 November 1852.
Mary Frances Horton born 25 February 1854
James died 15 June 1904 and Amanda died 17 April 1915. They are buried in the Franklin Family Cemetery, Rye Cove, Scott County, Virginia.
From the Big Stone Gap Post, 23 June 1904:
Dr. J. H. Horton Dead
One of Scott County’s Most Useful Citizens
Dr. James H. Horton, who was recently prostrated with a stroke of paralysis, died at his home in Rye Cove at 5:25 yesterday, (Tuesday) morning.
Dr. Horton was one of our county’s most prominent citizens and was a large hearted, noble man. A number of years ago he very ably represented the county in the Legislature. His medical practice was very large and eminently successful. His genial nature carried light and hope into the sick room. He never refused to anser call when it was possible for him to go, and he seemed even more attentive to those whom he knew to be unable to pay for his services than to others. He will be sadly missed.
Dr. Horton was about 76 years old. He is survived by his wife, one son and one daughter. The county will mourn him as a friend and benefactor. ~ Gate City Herald
These photos were sent to me by Jerry Necessary Ivey in 2007. I recently came across them while going through my email.
Jerry, thank you for sharing!