Biographical / Historical
DR. SANFORD BRENT was born in Washington County, Ky., July 5, 1800, the eldest of four sons and seven daughters born to William and Elizabeth (Simmons) Brent. Dr. Brent lived on the farm with his parents until he was nineteen years old. He then attended high school at Bardstown for two years, and in 1821 began the study of medicine under Dr. John W. Bright, of New Castle, for two years. He entered the medical department of the Transylvania University at Lexington, from which he graduated with high honor in 1824. He then practiced near Campbellsburg, Henry County, for six years, then for eight years in Shelby County, when, on account of failing health he retired. He was married on December 7, 1826 to Nancy Scott, of Henry County, and they had seven sons and five daughters: Levy, William, Rolland, George, James, Newton, David, Elizabeth, Martha, Mary, Eliza and Harriet.