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Jeremiah Weldon South
(Material from my Great-Aunt, Dr. Lillian H. South’s family history)
“The second son of General Samuel South and brother of John Glover South, born in Madison County, 1805, spent much of his early life in Breathitt County managing the lands he had inherited and to which he added greatly. He represented Breathitt County in the Kentucky Legislature in 1840, and from 1843 to 1847 was a member of the Kentucky Senate. He was commissioned Colonel of the Kentucky Volunteers for service in the Mexican War, but did not reach Mexico. In 1870 he was elected by the Kentucky Legislature, Lessee of the Kentucky Penitentiary, the direction of which he exercised for a number of years. He died suddenly on the floor of the Kentucky Senate on April 15, 1880 and the two houses of the Legislature passed an act causing the flag to be placed at half staff over the Capitol and other state buildings for five days, at the same time lauding the character and record of Col. South. He had seven sons who served in the Confederate Army, three of whom were killed. His wife was Mary Magdelen Cockrell, daughter of John Cockrell of Madison County, a soldier of the War of 1812 and who was killed by Indians in 1837.”