here are my personal notes. he is a distant cousin. i am interested in him also because of his role in the antebellum politics of KY.
"Injured in Know-Nothing riot (1858?), reading the Riot Act. These injuries supposedly led to his death in 1858. Was Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor in 1844, but was not elected. Was he a supporter or opponent of theAmerican Party ('Know-Nothings')? Louisville Daily Courier August 16th 1858 says that he was "first...a Democrat and last...an American." His date of death is variously given but August 1858 is most likely and supported by the transcriptions of the Louisville papers. Inscription on back of a reproduction of a daguerreotype says "1855" and the "Pilcher Family History" cites August 1859. This book also says "his only son preceded him in death" - this is thought to be John Edwin "Ned" Pilcher according to inscription on reproduction of daguerreotype in the same set as the one of his father."