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  • Writer's pictureKirk Jenkins

Remembering Private William H. Pemberton, Company A of the Fifteenth Kentucky

William H. Pemberton was born March 1, 1842 in Simpsonville, Shelby County, Kentucky, the son of John Vaughan Pemberton and Frances Basye. He was 5’8”, with a light complexion, gray eyes and light hair. Private Pemberton was wounded in the back at the Battle of Perryville, October 8, 1862, and was discharged January 16, 1863 in Louisville on a certificate of disability, the ball having done extensive damage to his right lung. He married Louise Frazier on April 12, 1866 in Covington, Kenton County, Kentucky. They had two sons: Alonzo (1868-1904) and Percival (1871-1949). They had five daughters: Selena Belle Pemberton Rosenham (1868-1939), Iva Pemberton Neel (1870-1947), Ruby Pemberton Cartwright (1873-1928), Eugenia Pemberton Kremer (1876-1955) and Julia H. (1881-1881). Pemberton died of heart disease at 3:00 p.m. on October 2, 1909 at his home north of Simpsonville, Kentucky. He is buried in the Masonic Cemetery in Simpsonville.

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