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Mary W. Gholson was born October 13, 1850 and was the daughter of James Edward Gholson (b. Jan. 20, 1827 and d. Sept. 30, 1904). James Edward Gholson and his family lived Ballard County KY. James Edward Gholson was the son of James Jarrell Gholson, b. Dec. 5, 1793. James Jarrell Gholson was born in Spotsylvania County Virginia and he and his wife, Sarah M. Parker, and other pioneer families settled about one half mile west of Bethel Presbyterian Church near present Lovelaceville, KY. This was sometime before 1830 when Ballard County was on the outskirts of civilization. James J. Gholson served as a private in the War of 1812. He served from May 26, 1813 to November 19, 1813 in the Kentucky Mounted Volunteers under Captain Richard Matson and Colonel Richard M. Johnson. Warrant No. 20 967 for 80 acres of bounty land was issued under the Act of September 28, 1850, to James J. Gholson on account of his War of 1812 service. Warrant No. 47 985 for 80 acres of bounty land was issued under the Act of March 3, 1855, to Sarah M. Gholson, widow of James J. Gholson, on account of his War of 1812 service. Both he and his wife are buried in the Old Lovelaceville Cemetery.