This work focuses on the first-hand accounts of men and women who came to Clark County, Kentucky during the early settlement period, 1775-1800. The accounts are drawn from the interviews conducted... More > by Rev. John D. Shane with aging pioneers in the 1840s and 50s. To make their stories accessible to modern readers, thirty-two interviews and one memoir were transcribed from microfilm and explanatory material was added. They describe their adventures coming out to this new country, America’s first western frontier, and many recounted their clashes with Indians, often in graphic detail. Shane recorded their stories in plain language that includes a wealth of valuable information about everyday life in the wilderness that was then Kentucky.< Less
Unusual place names evoke a sense of mystery and wonder. How did a place come to be called “Barefoot” or “Battle Row”? Where in the world were the “Sycamore... More > Forest” and “Blue Ball”? Researching these names often reveals fascinating stories about local history, families, events, and politics. Clark County, Kentucky is blessed with many such interesting places.
The articles in this book are collected from a column in the Winchester Sun called “Where in the World?” Each article describes an historic place name in Clark County, some well known, some not so well known. The articles were written for the Bluegrass Heritage Museum in hopes of fostering an interest in local history and the museum. This book is intended to do the same. This work includes one hundred articles that appeared in the newspaper between January 6, 2005 and August 23, 2007. A few of the articles were updated for this publication when additional information became available.< Less
Creating and maintaining roads has long been the duty of Kentucky county courts. Actions by the court establishing new roads and modifying existing roads are referred to as “road... More > orders.” Careful study of a county’s roads offers insight into the social and economic development of the county. The collection of road orders recorded in Clark County Order Books describes the expansion of the road network throughout the county—where roads were located, when they were opened and when they were changed. In addition, road orders are a rich source of individual names and early place names—villages, watercourses, churches, schools, mills, etc. The “Road Book,” located in the county clerk’s office at the courthouse in Winchester, is an index to all the road orders in Clark County Order Books. It gives a description of the road, the date of the first order, and the order book and page numbers where the road orders can be found.< Less
The Deposition Book at the Clark County Courthouse contains the testimony of pioneers recorded in land actions between 1795 and 1814. The present work provides annotated transcriptions of the... More > book’s 222 depositions, plus explanatory material that includes a description and location of 112 tracts of land, 235 biographical sketches of the individuals involved and 45 place name descriptions. A brief explanation of Kentucky’s land grant system is also included, as well as a full name index.
The depositions contain a wealth of historical material along with a treasure-trove of genealogically important data. Particularly noteworthy are six depositions by Daniel Boone. We can examine Boone’s own account of the naming of Lulbegrud Creek and the rescue of the Boone-Calloway girls after their capture by a band of Shawnees. The deponents include well-known figures in early Kentucky—Boone, George Rogers Clark, Michael Stoner, John “Wildcat” McKinney—and Clark County’s earliest settlers.< Less