Answer: Lieutenant Ambrose Y.Culton, Seventh Kentucky Cavalry

“Ambrose Y. Culton, attorney at law, Barbourville, Knox County, Kentucky, was born in Knox County, January 8, 1842. His parents, James and Marinda L. (Anderson) Culton, were natives of Knox County. His grandparents, Euphemia Stewart and John Culton, and his great grandfather, Alexander Stewart, were also from Knox County.

James and Miranda Culton had seven children, viz: Augustus B., John W. (he was indicted but not convicted of supporting the Southern cause), James C., Ambrose Y., Martha J. and Henry C. (twins), and Thomas J(Police Judge, Barbourville, 1877; Knox County Attorney from 1883 to 1890).

Ambrose's father, James Culton, Sr., was a farmer by occupation. About 1851 he was elected to the Legislature from Knox and Harlan Counties, and was re-elected in 1854. He was elected county judge of Harlan County in 1858, and held that office twelve years. He was also licensed to practice law, and had been quite a prominent attorney in eastern Kentucky. He was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and had devoted a great deal of his time to the ministry.

Ambrose Y. Culton was reared and educated in Harlan County. He followed farming until 1863, when he entered the Federal army as Sergeant of Company H, Forty-Ninth Kentucky Infantry. He served in that unit until April, 1864, when he entered Company I, Seventh Kentucky Cavalry as Second Lieutenant, and upon the consolidation of the Sixth and Seventh Regiment,s he served in that capacity until September, 1865. He was severely wounded in the charge on Fort Tyler, GA, April 17, 1865, and was pensioned by the Government.

After the war, he returned to Clay County and was engaged in no regular business until 1866, when he moved to Barboursville, Knox County, and engaged in the mercantile business until 1875; in the latter year his property and goods, amounting to about $20,000, were destroyed by fire.

In 1880 he received an appointment from the Government as numerator of the First District. He had previously studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1880, since when he had devoted his attention to the practice of law. He was elected police judge in 1881 following the term of his brother, Thomas J. Culton. He was one of the local citizens who organized Union College in Barbourville.

In 1878 he made an active race for State Senator from the Seventeen Senatorial District, and was again a candidate in 1887, carrying his county nearly unanimously.

On May 23, 1864, he married Miss Amelia L. Gibson, a daughter of T. G. and Martha J. (Severe) Gibson, of Clay County, KY. They are the parents of nine children, viz: Martha E., Sciota Nash, Chelsea, Katie, James, A.Y., John, Bunden G. and Ann.

Mr. Culton is a Democrat in political affairs.” See Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, ed. 8-B, Knox County Decker notes that “A. Y. Culton, a well known lawyer of Barbourville, in his will, dated May 29, 1892, wrote, ‘I belong to no faith, or particular religious sect, and claim the obsequies of none. Yet, hoping and wishing all well of whatever denomination, when I die, I die believing it takes a heap of praying to save a sinner in Barbourville, this I mean for the class of people that does the praying.’" Decker at page 132.

In his will, dated May 29, 1892, Culton wrote, "I belong to no faith, or particular religious sect, and claim the obsequies of none. Yet, hoping and wishing all well of whatever denomination, when I die, I die believing it takes a heap of praying to save a sinner in Barbourville, this I mean for the class of people that does the praying."

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