Author: Dennis Partridge

Index to Kentucky Land Grants

This work is given to the public with the hope and belief that it will fill a long-felt want. An index has been kept of the patents on record, but many of these indexes were made at a time when little thought was given to efficiency, and much confusion has resulted, both to the public who seek information, and the custodians of the Land Office who seek to supply the information. In all about 160,000 patents have been granted to land located in the State of Kentucky. These patents are divided into nine groups, as follows: Virginia Grants, Kentucky...

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Bourbon County, Kentucky Biographies

This page contains a list of biographies placed online for prior residents of Bourbon County, Kentucky. Surnames include: Allen, Ardery, Ashurst, Bagg, Baird, Banta, Barbee, Barlow, Barton, Batterton, Beckett, Becraft, Bedford, Berry, Best, Bledsoe, Boardman, Bohanon, Boulden, Bowen, Bradley, Brandon, Brannock, Brashear, Breckenridge, Brent, Brown, Bryan, Buchanan, Buck, Buckner, Burbridge, Butler, Caldwell, Calloway, Carpenter, Case, Chambers, Champ, Chandler, Chapline, Chinn, Clark, Clarke, Clay, Clinkinbeard, Colcord, Collins, Corban, Corbin, Coulthard, Craddock, Crenshaw, Crose, Crouch, Croxton, Cunningham, Current, Curry, Dailey, Davie, Davis, Deaver, Didlake, Dodge, Donica, Dow, Dudley, Duvall, Dyer, Eads, Eales, Ewalt, Fee, Ferguson, Field, Fishback, Fisher, Fithian, Ford, Forman, Fritts, Fry, Gaines, Gamble, Gano, Garrard, Garth, Gass, Gay, Gilman, Goff, Goodell, Goodman, Gorham, Gould, Graham, Griffith, Grimes, Hall, Ham, Harris, Hawkins, Hedges, Henkle, Hibler, Higgins, Hildreth, Hill, Hinton, Holliday, Horton, Houston, Howard, Hudelson, Huffman, Huffstutter, Hume, Hurst, Hutchcraft, Hutchinson, Ingels, Isgrig, Jacoby, Jameson, Jewell, Jones, Keller, Kelly, Kennedy, Kenney, Kerr, Kiser, Kleiser, Lamme, Langston, Lary, Layson, Letton, Lindsay, Livar, Lockhart, Long, Longan, Lucas, Lyle, Marsh, Martin, Massie, Mathers, McAboy, McCarney, McChesney, McChord, McClelland, McClure, McDaniel, McIlvain, McKinney, McLeod, McMillan, Meng, Milam, Miller, Mills, Mitchell, Monson, Moore, Moran, Morris, Morrow, Muir, Nichols, Nippert, O’Connor, Offutt, Owen, Paddox, Parker, Patterson, Penn, Piper, Prescott, Pritchett, Pullen, Ray, Redmon, Reed, Reid, Reynolds, Rice, Riddle, Righter, Robbins, Roche, Rogers, Roseberry, Ross, Rucker, Russell, Scott, Seamands, Sedwick, See, Settles, Shannon, Sharp, Shaw, Shawhan, Shields, Shire, Shropshire, Simms, Simpson, Skillman, Skinner, Smedley, Smith, Soper, Speakes, Spears, Steele, Stipp, Stivers, Stone, Stuart, Sweeney, Talbott, Tarr, Taylor, Terrell, Thomas, Thompson, Thornton, Trimble, Troutman, Trundle, Turner, Turney, Vanhook, Vansant, Varden, Vimont, Walls, Ward, Weathers, Whaley, Wilkerson, Willett, Willmott, Wilson, Woodford, Wornall, and Wright.

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Owsley County Kentucky Obituaries

This page lists the people who have resided in Owsley County KY and have obituaries transcribed online. You can click on the Obituary link to view the actual obituary transcription. Since some pages are compilations of multiple obituaries you may have to search or scroll the page to find the specific one for the person listed.

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Edmonson County, Kentucky, Tax List, 1825

This tax list is arranged alphabetically by the name of the taxpayer. This simplifies finding a given name, although you lose family groupings. To retain family groupings despite alphabetizing by surname, we included the ID, which consists of consecutive numbers applied to consecutive taxpayers. The names in the fields for whom entered, for whom surveyed, for whom patented, were very difficult to read, but include names of the earliest settlers in this area, and many are not found elsewhere on this tax list, so we think it was worth the effort to include these fields. If you find errors,...

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War with Mexico

The four greater wars of this country mark the four stages of its development as a nation. Of these, the first two were waged for its existence as an independent power, and the rights due such independent state in the high court of nations, objects which commanded the united support of the people. The Federal party in national politics did indeed make a vigorous protest against the war with England in 1812, on the ground that it gave ostensible support to the French Revolution, a political movement that in the name of liberty perpetrated the most horrible outrages. against freedom; but the intolerable assumption of England to impress American seamen, and with a paper manifesto to destroy the commerce of the world, aroused the war spirit of the whole nation. In the latter respect the commercial centers of the new world had quite as much reason to complain of France, but a sentiment of gratitude for her timely aid in the Revolutionary struggle served somewhat to palliate the offense of the latter nation, and outside of New England the universal voice was for war. And now that time has removed the temporary cause of aversion, the achievements of these struggles are prized as the rich inheritance of every American. The last two wars, however, hold a different place in the hearts of the people, and the impartial historian must...

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Trenton Precinct, Todd County, Kentucky

MAGISTERIAL DISTRICT No. 5, commonly known as Trenton, lies in the southwestern portion of the county, and is the largest one. It is bounded on the north by the Fairview District, on the east by Guthrie and Allensville Districts, on the south by Tennessee, and on the west by Christian County. The topography of the district is somewhat varied. In the south the land is quite flat, through the central portion it is rolling, and in the northern rather hilly. Here in several places the cavernous limestone comes to the surface. On the old Childs farm there is a cave which has been explored about a half mile. This place in an early day was a fine resort for frolics and picnic parties by the young folks. The soil of the southern and central portions is of dark red clay, while that of the north is of a lighter hue, and by no means so rich. In an early day there was but little timber to be found in the district, except along the banks of the creek and on the northern edge of the district. Since the county has become somewhat settled small groves of timber, consisting of several varieties of oak and some maple, are springing into existence. Also in places in what were once known as barrens the scrub hickory is now found, and wherever that...

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Traces Of The Earliest Inhabitants

IT is an interesting suggestion of the archaeologist, that this land, which on the coming of the whites was too forbidding for the habitation of the Indian, centuries before was the home of a race of beings possessing some approach to civilization. The discovery of footprints upon his deserted island by Robinson Crusoe was not more startling than the discoveries of archaeologists to the followers of Petarius and Usher, who place the operations of creation and the whole evolution of civilization within the narrow limits of a few centuries. But science has multiplied its evidence until there is no room to doubt that these ancient people were a living reality in the indefinite past, and worked out their destinies where the whites pioneered their way a hundred years ago. Time has swallowed up their identity, and loosely characterized by the character of their re-mains, they are known only as Mound-Builders. Their footprints may be traced ” wherever the Mississippi and its tributaries flow, in the fertile valleys of the West, and along the rich savannas of the Gulf, upon the Ohio, the Kentucky, the Cumberland, the Licking; upon the streams of the far South, and as far north as the Genessee and the head waters of the Susquehanna, but rarely upon mountains or sterile tracts, and almost in-variably upon the fertile margins of navigable streams. Within these limits the...

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Town of Trenton, Todd County, Kentucky

The town of Trenton was laid out originally in about 1819, by Lewis Leavell. The plat consisted of fifty-nine lots lying immediately around the intersection of the Hopkinsville road and Clarksville Street. In 1867, after the coming of the railroad, Lawson & Col-well’s addition of some thirty lots was added on the north and east. The Legislature of 1883-84 also increased the corporate limits of the town by about one-half. This latter addition has not as yet been laid off into lots. Mr. Leavell at first gave the name of ” Lewisville ” to the town in honor of himself. But there being another post office in the State by the same name, he changed it soon after to ” Trenton.” It was his desire to have the county seat located at this point upon the formation of the new county, and before the matter was finally decided in favor of Elkton, he and Maj. John Gray had a very severe contest in the matter. Early Merchants Probably the first men to do business at the new town were Reyburn & Woods, who merchandised here until 1825, and then moved to Clarksville. Soon after the laying out of the town John H. Poston opened a store here. He engaged in business by himself until about 1825, and then took in as a partner Granville W. Garth. This firm continued...

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Town of Elkton

On the 8th day of May, 1820, the county seat of Todd County was located at Elkton. With this the history of the town properly commences, although in March, 1819, Thomas Garvin and Thomas Jameson laid out the original plat of the town. This plat was recorded in the Christian County Court, and consisted of about eighteen lots. The first addition to the town of Elkton, after it had been made the county seat, was that of John Gray, which was made and recorded on Nov. 16, 1820. This addition lay west of the original plat, and consisted of 251 lots. It contained the grounds now covered by the major portion of the town of Elkton, including the public square. John Mann, Jr., and Charles Smith made another addition to the town two days after-ward. It consisted of nine lots, and joined the original plat on the south. On the same day William Greenfield made a third addition to the town. It consisted of fifty-six lots, and lay to the east. At the last session of the Legislature a new charter was granted to the town of Elkton, in which the corporate limits were extended to a considerable extent, but as yet no survey has been made of the portion added, and no definite statement can be made as to the number of lots. The first portion of the...

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Todd County, Kentucky Timber

There is a wide difference in the timber growth found in the different parts of the State. No coniferous tree or bush, with the exception of the swamp cypress and a few small cedars, are to be found in western Kentucky, and in this section the hemlock seems to be generally confined to the coal measures. Magnolias are found in the precincts of the lawn, but they are exotics. Originally, southern Todd was known as a ” barren,” where the timber was kept down by frequent burnings, and in this connection it may be observed this county was thus deprived of much valuable timber that otherwise would be found in great abundance in the forests that have grown since the settlement of the whites. It seems to be undisputed, that certain timbers, especially white oaks, do not return again to forests from which they have once been driven by such an agency as fire. In the State report upon this subject Prof. Shaler re-marks: ” The formations best adapted to the growth of the chestnut are the conglomerate and Chester sandstones (mill grit). On soils from these formations chestnut is normally found in the greatest abundance, and growing to the greatest perfection. In passing from western to eastern Kentucky my attention was therefore attracted to the fact that when the Big Clifty (Chester) sandstone first appeared, which was in...

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