JAMES W. VINSON was born in Caldwell County, Ky., January 19, 1844, the eldest child of Coleman C. and Permelia A. (Johnson) Vinson, both of whom were natives of this State. The father was a blacksmith by trade but farmed some during late years. He was a son of Ezekiel Vinson of South Carolina. The parents of our subject were blessed with ten children, six of whom survive: James W., William R., Finess C., Thomas E., John W., and David W. Our subject learned the trade of his father and has devoted his life to its prosecution. He also has farm property, which is operated by renters. Mr. Vinson is a member of the Masonic order and of the Baptist Church. He married Miss Lucinda E. Jones, a daughter of Levi Jones, deceased, formerly of this county. This union has given six children, of whom three are living; Isabel L., James A. and Elsie A.


Source:  J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin, & G. C. Kniffin. Kentucky. A History of the State. Louisville, KY, Chicago, IL: Battey, 1885. Page 867.