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Subject: Re: [KYLAUREL-L] History lesson on division of counties please
Date: Fri, 22 Sep 2000 10:11:05 EDT
The reference for the following information is Kentucky And Her Counties.
Laurel County was created on December 12, 1825 & became effective as a
separate entity on February 13, 1826. It was taken out of parts of Clay,
Knox, Rockcastle, & Whitley Counties, and named for the Laurel River.
My ancestors owned property in the Blackwater section of Laurel County that
was in Lincoln County in 1792 when Kentucky was admitted to the Union. It
then became part of Madison County (I'm not sure precisely when that took
place, but I believe it was 1796). In 1800, it became part of Knox County,
then in 1806, part of Clay County. Finally, in 1826, it was claimed by
Image how confusing it would be to have your local court house changed 5
times in your lifetime. The good news was that the travel distance was
shortened considerably with each shift. It goes without saying that we folk
who are interested in genealogical research have to keep such changes in mind
when we're looking for bits of data about our ancestors.
Vietta Keith Richardson
Indian Springs, OH