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

  1. CHARLES MAYFIELD MEACHAM, A HISTORY OF CHRISTIAN COUNTY KENTUCKY FROM OXCART TO AIRPLANE. , MARSHALL & BRUCE CO, 1930
  2. SAMUEL HAYCRAFT, A HISTORY OF ELIZABETHTOWN, KENTUCKY AND ITS SURROUNDINGS. , THE WOMAN’S CLUB OF ELIZABETHTOWN, 1921
  3. BENNETT YOUNG, A HISTORY OF JESSAMINE COUNTY, KENTUCKY: FROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TO 1898 , 1898
  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 OCCUPATIONS AND PURSUITS. , BRADLEY & GILBERT, PUBLISHERS, 1872
  5. 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 OCCUPATIONS AND PURSUITS, BRADLEY & GILBERT, 1872
  6. OTTO A. ROTHERT, A HISTORY OF MUHLENBERG COUNTY. , JOHN P. MORTON & COMPANY, 1913
  7. J.J. THOMPSON, A HISTORY OF THE FEUD BETWEEN THE HILL AND EVANS PARTIES OF GARRARD COUNTY, KY. THE MOST EXCITING TRAGEDY EVER ENACTED ON THE BLOODY GROUNDS OF KENTUCKY, 1854
  8. C.E. JAMES, A SHORT HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, KENTUCKY, G.A. LEWIS, 1881
  9. 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, ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, 1876. ,ROUNDABOUT OFFICE, GEORGE A, LEWIS, 1881
  10. EDWIN P. THOMPSON, A YOUNG PEOPLE’S HISTORY OF KENTUCKY: FOR SCHOOLS AND GENERAL READING, A.R. FLEMING, 1897
  11. BIOGRAPHICAL CYCLOPEDIA OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF KENTUCKY. , JOHN M. GRESHAM COMP, 1896
  12. 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
  13. BEN CASSEDAY, CASSEDAN’S HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE, THE HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE, FROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TILL THE YEAR 1852. , HULL AND BROTHER, 1852
  14. L. BOYD, CHRONICLES OF CYNTHIANA AND OTHER CHRONICLES, R. CLARKE & CO, 1894
  15. MRS. L. BOYD, CHRONICLES OF CYNTHIANA AND OTHER CHRONICLES. , ROBERT CLARKE & CO, 1894
  16. LEWIS COLLINS, COLLINS’ HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF KENTUCKY. HISTORY OF KENTUCKY: VOL. I. ,
  17. LEWIS COLLINS, COLLINS’ HISTORICAL SKETCHES OF KENTUCKY. HISTORY OF KENTUCKY: VOL. II. ,
  18. WILLIAM H. PERRIN, COUNTIES OF CHRISTIAN AND TRIGG KENTUCKY, BATTEY PUBLISHING CO., 1884
  19. COUNTIES OF CHRISTIAN AND TRIGG, KENTUCKY 1884,
  20. J.H. BATTLE, COUNTIES OF TODD AND CHRISTIAN, KENTUCKY: HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL, F.A. BATTEY, 1884
  21. WILLIAM HENRY PERRIN, COUNTY OF CHRISTIAN, KENTUCKY. HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL. , F. A. BATTEY PUBLISHING CO, 1884
  22. WILLIAM HENRY PERRIN, COUNTY OF CHRISTIAN, KENTUCKY. HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL. , F. A. BATTEY PUBLISHING CO, 1884
  23. J. H. BATTLE, COUNTY OF TODD, KENTUCKY. HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL. , F. A. BATTEY AND COMPANY, 1884
  24. WILLIAM HENRY PERRIN, COUNTY OF TRIGG, KENTUCKY. HISTORICAL AND BIOGRAPHICAL. , F. A. BATTEY PUBLISHING CO, 1884
  25. WILLIAM E. CONNELLEY, EASTERN KENTUCKY PAPERS. THE FOUNDING OF HARMAN’S STATION, WITH AN ACCOUNT OF THE INDIAN CAPTIVITY OF MRS. JENNIE WILEY AND THE EXPLORATION AND SETTLEMENT OF THE BIG SANDY VALLEY IN THE VIRGINIAS AND KENTUCKY, THE TORCH PRESS, 1910
  26. 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 DEVELOPMENT OF KENTUCKY AND THE STATES OF THE SOUTH AND WEST. ,
  27. ROBERT PETER, M. D, HISTORY OF BOURBON, SCOTT, HARRISON AND NICHOLAS COUNTIES, KENTUCKY. , O. L. BASKIN & CO., HISTORICAL PUBLISHERS, LAKESIDE BUILDING, 1882
  28. ROBERT PETER, M. D, HISTORY OF BOURBON, SCOTT, HARRISON AND NICHOLAS COUNTIES, KENTUCKY. WITH AN OUTLINE SKETCH OF THE BLUE GRASS REGION. , O. L. BASKIN & CO., HISTORICAL PUBLISHERS, LAKESIDE BUILDING, 1882
  29. HISTORY OF DAVIESS COUNTY KENTUCKY. , INTER-STATE PUBLISHING CO, 1883
  30. HISTORY OF DAVIESS COUNTY, KENTUCKY. TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF ITS CITIES, VILLAGES AND TOWNSHIPS, EDUCATIONAL, RELIGIOUS, CIVIL, MILITARY, AND POLITICAL HISTORY; PORTRAITS OF PROMINENT PERSONS, BIOGRAPHIES OF REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS. AND AN OUTLINE HISTORY OF KENTUCKY. , INTER-STATE PUBLISHING CO, 1883
  31. EDMUND L. STARLING, HISTORY OF HENDERSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY ; COMPRISING HISTORY OF COUNTY AND CITY, PRECINCTS, EDUCATION, CHURCHES, SECRET SOCIETIES, LEADING ENTERPRISES, SKETCHES AND RECOLLECTIONS, AND BIOGRAPHIES OF THE LIVING AND DEAD, UNIGRAPHIC INC, 1887
  32. EDMUND L. STARLING, HISTORY OF HENDERSON COUNTY, KENTUCKY. , 1887
  33. CHARLES KERR, HISTORY OF KENTUCKY (5 VOLS.), THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY, 1922
  34. REV. O. G. RAGAN, HISTORY OF LEWIS COUNTY, KENTUCKY. , PRESS OF JENNINGS AND GRAHAM
  35. 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
  36. HISTORY OF THE OHIO FALLS CITIES AND THEIR COUNTIES: WITH ILLUSTRATIONS AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES., L.A. WILLIAM, 1882
  37. HISTORY OF UNION COUNTY, KENTUCKY. A COMPLETE ACCOUNT OF THE SETTLEMENT, ORGANIZATION AND GOVERNMENT OF THE COUNTY, TOGETHER WITH FACTS AND FIGURES CONCERNING THE SOCIETY, PROFESSIONS, COMMERCE, INDUSTRIES, AGRICULTURE, COAL, RAILROADS, EDUCATION, RELIGION, AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS AND RESOURCES OF THE COUNTY, AND BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF ITS LEADING CITIZENS. , COURIER CO., PRINTERS, BINDERS AND ENGRAVERS, 1886
  38. W. H. PERRIN. J. H. BATTLE, G. C. KNIFFIN, KENTUCKY A HISTORY OF THE STATE, EMBRACING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COLONY; ITS EXPANSION WESTWARD, AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FRONTIER BEYOND THE ALLEGHANIES; THE ERECTION OF KENTUCKY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT. , F. A. BATTEY AND COMPANY, 1887
  39. W. H. PERRIN. J. H. BATTLE, G. C. KNIFFIN, KENTUCKY A HISTORY OF THE STATE, EMBRACING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COLONY; ITS EXPANSION WESTWARD, AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FRONTIER BEYOND THE ALLEGHANIES; THE ERECTION OF KENTUCKY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT. , F. A. BATTEY AND COMPANY, 1887
  40. W. H. PERRIN. J. H. BATTLE, G. C. KNIFFIN, KENTUCKY A HISTORY OF THE STATE, EMBRACING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COLONY; ITS EXPANSION WESTWARD, AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FRONTIER BEYOND THE ALLEGHANIES; THE ERECTION OF KENTUCKY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT. , F. A. BATTEY AND COMPANY, 1888
  41. W. H. PERRIN. J. H. BATTLE, G. C. KNIFFIN, KENTUCKY A HISTORY OF THE STATE, EMBRACING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COLONY; ITS EXPANSION WESTWARD, AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FRONTIER BEYOND THE ALLEGHANIES; THE ERECTION OF KENTUCKY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT. , F. A. BATTEY AND COMPANY, 1888
  42. THOMAS CHERRY, KENTUCKY, THE PIONEER STATE OF THE WEST, D.C. HEATH AND COMPANY, 1923
  43. J. H. BATTLE W H. PERRIN. G. C. KNIFFIN, KENTUCKY. A HISTORY OF THE STATE, EMBRACING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COLONY; ITS EXPANSION WESTWARD, AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FRONTIER BEYOND ALLEGHANIES; THE ERECTION OF KENTUCKY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT. , F. A. BATTEY PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1885
  44. J. H. BATTLE W H. PERRIN. G. C. KNIFFIN, KENTUCKY. A HISTORY OF THE STATE, EMBRACING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COLONY; ITS EXPANSION WESTWARD, AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FRONTIER BEYOND ALLEGHANIES; THE ERECTION OF KENTUCKY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT. , F. A. BATTEY PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1885
  45. W.H. PERRIN. J. H. BATTLE. G. C. KNIFFIN, KENTUCKY. A HISTORY OF THE STATE, EMBRACING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COLONY; ITS EXPANSION WESTWARD, AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FRONTIER BEYOND ALLEGHANIES; THE ERECTION OF KENTUCKY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT. , F. A. BATTEY AND COMPANY, 1887
  46. W.H. PERRIN. J. H. BATTLE. G. C. KNIFFIN, KENTUCKY. A HISTORY OF THE STATE, EMBRACING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COLONY; ITS EXPANSION WESTWARD, AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FRONTIER BEYOND ALLEGHANIES; THE ERECTION OF KENTUCKY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT. , F. A. BATTEY AND COMPANY, 1887
  47. W. H. PERRIN. J. H. BATTLE, G. C. KNIFFIN, KENTUCKY. A HISTORY OF THE STATE, EMBRACING A CONCISE ACCOUNT OF THE ORIGIN AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE VIRGINIA COLONY; ITS EXPANSION WESTWARD, AND THE SETTLEMENT OF THE FRONTIER BEYOND ALLEGHANIES; THE ERECTION OF KENTUCKY AS AN INDEPENDENT STATE, AND ITS SUBSEQUENT DEVELOPMENT. , F. A. BATTEY AND COMPANY, 1887
  48. NATHANIEL SOUTHGATE, KENTUCKY: A PIONEER COMMONWEALTH, HOUGHTON MIFFLIN, 1886
  49. J. STODDARD JOHNSTON, MEMORIAL HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE YEAR 1896. VOLUME I. , AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING CO
  50. J. STODDARD JOHNSTON, MEMORIAL HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE FROM ITS FIRST SETTLEMENT TO THE YEAR 1896. VOLUME II. , AMERICAN BIOGRAPHICAL PUBLISHING CO
  51. J.F. COOK, OLD KENTUCKY, THE NEALE PUBLISHING CO., , 1908
  52. 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
  53. COLONEL BEN. LABREE, PRESS REFERENCE BOOK OF PROMINENT KENTUCKIANS. , THE STANDARD PRINTING COMPANY, 1916
  54. ANDERSON CHENAULT QUISENBERRY, REVOLUTIONARY SOLDIERS IN KENTUCKY. , 1895
  55. L.F. JOHNSON, THE HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY, ROBERTS CO. , 1912
  56. THE HISTORY OF FRANKLIN COUNTY, KY. , , 1912
  57. T.S. ARTHUR, THE HISTORY OF KENTUCKY, FROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TO THE PRESENT TIME, LIPPINCOTT GRAMBO, 1852
  58. MARSHALL HUMPHREY, THE HISTORY OF KENTUCKY: EXHIBITING AN ACCOUNT OF THE MODERN DISCOVERY, SETTLEMENT, PROGRESSIVE IMPROVEMENT, CIVIL AND MILITARY TRANSACTIONS, AND THE PRESENT STATE OF THE COUNTRY. [2D EDITION] , G.S. ROBINSON, 1824
  59. BENJAMIN CASSEDAY, THE HISTORY OF LOUISVILLE: FROM ITS EARLIEST SETTLEMENT TILL THE YEAR 1852, HULL & BRO., 1852
  60. 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