Kentucky County Histories

What is now the Commonwealth of Kentucky was inhabited by varying cultures of Native Americans from at least 1000 BC to about 1650 AD, particularly along the waterways and in areas of game. Bison roamed in the region.

Flag of KentuckyBy the time that European and colonial explorers and settlers began entering Kentucky in greater number in the mid-18th century, there were no major Native American settlements in the region. The Iroquois had controlled much of the Ohio River valley for hunting from their bases in what is now New York. The Shawnee from the northwest and Cherokee from the south also sent parties into the area regularly for hunting. As more settlers entered the area, warfare broke out because the American Indians considered the settlers to be encroaching on their traditional hunting grounds.

After the American Revolution, the counties of Virginia beyond the Appalachian Mountains became known as Kentucky County. Eventually, the residents of Kentucky County petitioned for a separation from Virginia.  In 1790, Kentucky’s delegates accepted Virginia’s terms of separation, and a state constitution was drafted at the final convention in April 1792. On June 1, 1792, Kentucky became the fifteenth state to be admitted to the union.

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  1. 1778. HISTORY OF THE OHIO FALLS CITIES AND THEIR COUNTIES, WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES VOL. II., L. A. WILLIAMS & CO, 1882

  2. A HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN, KENTUCKY FROM OXCART TO AIRPLANE

  3. SAMUEL HAYCRAFT, A HISTORY OF ELIZABETHTOWN, KENTUCKY AND ITS SURROUNDINGS., THE WOMAN#X2019;S CLUB OF ELIZABETHTOWN, 1921

  4. WILLIAM B. ALLEN, A HISTORY OF KENTUCKY, EMBRACING GLEANINGS, REMINISCENCES, ANTIQUITIES, NATURAL CURIOSITIES, STATISTICS, AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PIONEERS, SOLDIERS, JURISTS, LAWYERS, STATESMEN, DIVINES, MECHANICS, FARMERS, MERCHANTS, AND OTHER LEADING MEN, OF ALL OC, BRADLEY & GILBERT, PUBLISHERS, 1872

  5. OTTO A. ROTHERT, A HISTORY OF MUHLENBERG COUNTY., JOHN P. MORTON & COMPANY, 1913

  6. C. E. JAMES, A SHORT HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, KENTUCKY, PREPARED IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE SUGGESTION OF THE RESOLUTION OF CONGRRESS IN REGARD TO THE CELEBRATION OF THE CENTENNIAL ANNIVERSARY, AND READ AT A SUNDAY-SCHOOL PICNIC AT LAKE PARK, NEAR FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY,, ROUNDABOUT OFFICE, GEORGE A, LEWIS, 1881

  7. BIOGRAPHICAL CYCLOPEDIA OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY., JOHN M. GRESHAM COMP, 1896

  8. GEORGE W. RANCK, BOONESBOROUGH: ITS FOUNDING, PIONEER STRUGGLES, INDIAN EXPERIENCES, TRANSYLVANIA DAYS, AND REVOLUTIONARY ANNALS: WITH FULL HISTORICAL NOTES AND APPENDIX., JOHN P. MORTON & COMPANY, 1901

  9. BEN CASSEDAY, CASSEDAN’S HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE, THE HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE, FROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TILL THE YEAR 1852., HULL AND BROTHER, 1852

  10. MRS. L. BOYD, CHRONICLES OF CYNTHIANA AND OTHER CHRONICLES., ROBERT CLARKE & CO, 1894

  11. LEWIS COLLINS, COLLINS’ HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF KENTUCKY. HISTORY OF KENTUCKY: VOL. II.

  12. LEWIS COLLINS, COLLINS’ HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF KENTUCKY. HISTORY OF KENTUCKY: VOL. I.

  13. COUNTIES OF CHRISTIAN AND TRIGG, KENTUCKY 1884

  14. COUNTY OF CHRISTIAN, KENTUCKY HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL

  15. WILLIAM HENRY PERRIN, COUNTY OF CHRISTIAN, KENTUCKY. HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL., F. A. BATTEY PUBLISHING CO, 1884

  16. COUNTY OF TODD KENTUCKY HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL

  17. COUNTY OF TRIGG KENTUCKY HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL

  18. THOMAS MARSHALL GREEN, HISTORIC FAMILIES OF KENTUCKY: WITH SPECIAL REFERENCE TO STOCKS IMMEDIATELY DERIVED FROM THE VALLEY OF VIRGINIA; TRACING IN DETAIL THEIR VARIOUS GENEALOGICAL CONNEXIONS AND ILLUSTRATING FROM HISTORIC SOURCES THEIR INFLUENCE UPON THE POLITICAL AND SOCIAL D

  19. ROBERT PETER, M. D, HISTORY OF BOURBON, SCOTT, HARRISON AND NICHOLAS COUNTIES, KENTUCKY., O. L. BASKIN & CO., HISTORICAL PUBLISHERS, LAKESIDE BUILDING, 1882

  20. HISTORY OF BOURBON, SCOTT, HARRISON, & NICHOLAS COUNTIES KENTUCKY

  21. HISTORY OF DAVIESS COUNTY KENTUCKY

  22. HISTORY OF DAVIESS COUNTY KENTUCKY., INTER-STATE PUBLISHING CO, 1883

  23. EDMUND L. STARLING, HISTORY OF HENDERSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY. 1887

  24. REV. O. G. RAGAN, HISTORY OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY., PRESS OF JENNINGS AND GRAHAM

  25. GEORGE W. RANCK, HISTORY OF LEXINGTON KENTUCKY ITS EARLY ANNALS AND RECENT PROGRESS INCLUDING BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES AND PERSONAL REMINISCENCES OF THE PIONEER SETTLERS, NOTICES OF PROMINENT CITIZENS, ETC., ETC.., ROBERT CLARKE & CO, 1872

  26. HISTORY OF UNION COUNTY KENTUCKY

  27. KENTUCKY, A HISTORY OF THE STATE VOLUME 1

  28. KENTUCKY, A HISTORY OF THE STATE VOLUME 2

  29. KENTUCKY, A HISTORY OF THE STATE VOLUME 3

  30. KENTUCKY, A HISTORY OF THE STATE VOLUME 4

  31. KENTUCKY, A HISTORY OF THE STATE VOLUME 5

  32. KENTUCKY, A HISTORY OF THE STATE VOLUME 6

  33. KENTUCKY, A HISTORY OF THE STATE VOLUME 7

  34. KENTUCKY, A HISTORY OF THE STATE VOLUME 8A

  35. KENTUCKY, A HISTORY OF THE STATE VOLUME 8B

  36. J. STODDARD JOHNSTON, MEMORIAL HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE YEAR 1896. VOLUME I., AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING CO

  37. J. STODDARD JOHNSTON, MEMORIAL HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE YEAR 1896. VOLUME II., AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING CO

  38. CHARLES D. DRAKE, PIONEER LIFE IN KENTUCKY. A SERIES OF REMINISCENTIAL LETTERS FROM DANIEL DRAKE, M.D., OF CINCINNATI, TO HIS CHILDREN., ROBERT CLARKE & CO, 1870

  39. COLONEL BEN. LABREE, PRESS REFERENCE BOOK OF PROMINENT KENTUCKIANS., THE STANDARD PRINTING COMPANY, 1916

  40. ANDERSON CHENAULT QUISENBERRY, REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS IN KENTUCKY. 1895

  41. THE HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY. 1912

  42. WM. H. HANEY, THE MOUNTAIN PEOPLE OF KENTUCKY. AN ACCOUNT OF PRESENT CONDITIONS WITH THE ATTITUDE OF THE PEOPLE TOWARD IMPROVEMENT., THE ROBERT CLARKE CO, 1906