The history of Franklin County, Kentucky
Carlyle said: History is the essence of innumerable biographies.
Longfellow said: They who live in history only seemed to walk the earth again.
Voltaire said: History is little else than a picture of liwman crimes and misfortunes.
Lord Bolingbroke said: I think that history is philosophy, teaching by example.
The Author does not claim that the following pages measure up to the standard given by any of the above Authors, but if this work can create or increase interest in the biography, history and traditions of the Kentucky pioneers it will not have been done in vain.
Table of Contents
Formation, Location, Organization, Government, etc. 5
Indian Incursions and Other Incidents Prior to 18OO 14
Geological Formation, Minerals, Soil, Timber, etc 21
Settlements and Other Incidents Prior to 1800 28
Events From 18OO to 181O 40
Events From 181O to 1820 53
Events From 1820 to 1830 71
Events From 1830 to 1840 91
Events From 1840 to 1850 111
Events From 1850 to 1860 132
Events From 1860 to 1870 148
Events From 1870 to 1880 175
Events From 1880 to 1890 195
Events From 1800 to 1900 214
Events From 1900 to 1910 229
The Churches of Franklin County 243
Present Time (1912) 265
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On December the 31, 1776, the Virginia Legislature passed an act establishing Kentucky County, which included the territory now known as the State of Kentucky. In May, 1780, Kentucky was divided into three counties, to-wit: Jefferson, Fayette and Lincoln; these three counties cornered at Frankfort. What is now known as North Frankfort and that part of Franklin county north or east of the Kentucky river was in Fayette. Where South Frankfort now is, and the part of the county south or west of the Kentucky river and south of Benson Creek, was in Lincoln, and the territory now known as West Frankfort or Bell Point, and that part of the county west of the river and north of Benson Creek was in Jefferson.