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Cyrus/Thanks; a question: and & a tribute to Rev. James ''Jimmie'' Breeding

My thanks to all who have offered such excellent suggestions for additions to the Adair County book list.

It's worthy of note that "Johnny Green of the Orphan Brigade" was reprinted in recent years by the University Press of Kentucky (ISBN 0-8131-2221-X) and is available at the quite modest price (around $20-$25.)

Does anyone know the origins of John William "Johnny" Green--his family, place of birth, and residence antebellum?

The following may be of interest to Mr. Ben Breeding and to others of that section of Adair County which carries his name. It appeared in the January 30, 1918 edition of the Adair County News, in the Breeding community newsletter. The original was written as one long paragraph.
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What a difference in the population of this place since twenty-five years ago. All the older set of the Breeding family have long since passed over the river and the hundreds of acres of land owned by them is now in possession of other parties. When I first knew this settlement it was known as religious community, and the younger settlers are keeping up that reputation.

It is a church going community, the whole country being identified principally with the Methodist church. The doctrine of this church was spread here by "Uncle" Jimmie Breeding, who was a local minister, and who had in his day the reputation of being the most consecrated man in the county. He was a man in very good circumstances and he practiced what he preached. No poor family suffered in his community, and no wayfarer was ever turned from his door.

I remember that in company with eight or ten others during the lifetime of the old gentleman, of remaining over night in his home. When the hour for retiring came we were all invited into one room and after being seated a chapter in the Bible was read, followed by a fervent prayer for blessings that had been bestowed and for the preservation for our health.

He has long since been in the glory land, but his deeds will never be forgotten.

Central Ohio Bureau Chief

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