Project: Kentucky

Categories: Kentucky | Kentucky Projects | Kentucky History

The Kentucky Project is part of the United States Project.

Welcome to the Kentucky Project!

The purpose of this project is to coordinate all Kentucky related projects and resources and combine that information into one place.

See WikiTree's Kentucky information page for some background information about the state.

Kentucky Counties
Adair Allen Anderson Ballard Barren Bath Bell Boone
Bourbon Boyd Boyle Bracken Breathitt Breckinridge Bullitt Butler
Caldwell Calloway Campbell Carlisle Carroll Carter Casey Christian
Clark Clay Clinton Crittenden Cumberland Daviess Edmonson Elliott
Estill Fayette Fleming Floyd Franklin Fulton Gallatin Garrard
Grant Graves Grayson Green Greenup Hancock Hardin Harlan
Harrison Hart Henderson Henry Hickman Hopkins Jackson Jefferson
Jessamine Johnson Kenton Knott Knox LaRue Laurel Lawrence
Lee Leslie Letcher Lewis Lincoln Livingston Logan Lyon
Madison Magoffin Marion Marshall Martin Mason McCracken McCreary
McLean Meade Menifee Mercer Metcalfe Monroe Montgomery Morgan
Muhlenberg Nelson Nicholas Ohio Oldham Owen Owsley Pendleton
Perry Pike Powell Pulaski Robertson Rockcastle Rowan Russell
Scott Shelby Simpson Spencer Taylor Todd Trigg Trimble
Union Warren Washington Wayne Webster Whitley Wolfe Woodford


How to Join

It is not necessary that you be related to someone who lived in the state of Kentucky or live there yourself to join. Anyone with an interest is welcome! If you would like to participate, please do the following:

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  • Project Leaders: Paula J
  • Coordinators: Would you like to help us??
  • Add Kentucky to your followed tags.
  • We use G2G for communication.
  • Here is the Kentucky project's Suggestion List. Working on these is a great way to contribute.
  • Look at one of the Kentucky project's example profiles to see what we hope for in profiles that are part of our project. Other excellent examples from our project and others can be found in the Examples Gallery.

Thanks are due to Cheryl Caudill for her contributions to this project as former Project Coordinator.

Answer our United States G2G welcome post and you will be awarded the United States Project badge. Make sure to include the State (s) that you are interested in.

Add united_states and Kentucky to your list of followed tags. That way you'll see all of our discussions in your G2G Feed.

For a full list of participants in the United States Project, see the badge report.

Please see our list of goals and tasks below for ways you can help.


The template is {{United States|sub-project=Kentucky}} which will give you:

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This above template is for use only on profiles that are of importance to the project or need to be PPP'd and managed by the project.

It is not for every single person from Kentucky. The following sticker might be used in that circumstance, placing it below the Biography Header:

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The overall goals of the United States Project are to create and develop profiles on WikiTree for those who lived in the state of Kentucky. To meet these goals:

  1. Add Kentucky-related profiles, checking for existing profiles to avoid duplication. If any duplicate profiles exist, request merges, starting with the oldest generation.
  2. If profiles were loaded by GEDCOM, use WikiTree Styles and Standards to clean up residue and broken links.
  3. Search out original rather than derivative documentation and add sources.
  4. Write comprehensive, well-sourced biographies.
  5. Make sure profiles of all family members are correct and documented.
  6. Profiles need to be linked to the greater WikiTree. Try to find the connection.

Kentucky Time Line

1739, Capt. Charles de Longueuil discovers Big Bone Lick.

1750, explorer Dr. Thomas Walker discovered a pass through the mountains. He called it the Cumberland Gap.

1750-1751, Dr. Thomas Walker and Christopher Gist led the first surveying parties into Kentucky .

1763, France cedes area including Kentucky to Britain.

1767, Daniel Boone, who had explored the area in and around Cumberland Gap.

1769, Daniel Boone with a party of hunters led by John Finley, they first saw the far distant Bluegrass atop Pilot Knob, now in Powell County. The recorded date is June 7, 1769; they returned to Kentucky for a two-year exploration of the region. In 1774.

1774 The first permanent European settlement was Harrodsburg which was established by James Harrod.

1774 Dunmore's War: The Shawnee were not happy that the Europeans were building homes on their hunting grounds. They attacked the settlers and soon the settlers were at war with the Shawnee. In 1774, the governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, declared war on the Shawnee. He defeated the Shawnee at the Battle of Point Pleasant. After the battle, the Shawnee and the settlers agreed to use the Ohio River as a border between the British colonists and the Shawnee. Boiling Springs and St. Asaph settled. Indians give Richard Henderson land between Ohio and Cumberland rivers for Transylvania Land Company.

1775, Daniel Boone led a number of settlers into Kentucky to establish the town of Boonesborough. He also widened and improved the trail across the Cumberland Gap so that wagons could travel through. This trail became known as the Wilderness Road. Many settlers over the coming years used this trail to settle Kentucky. Kentucky's first hemp crop was grown in 1775, and Kentucky went on to become the nation's leading hemp-producing state in the mid-19th century with peak production of 40,000 tons in 1850. U.S. hemp production declined after the Civil War, and almost all of the nation's hemp was grown in the Bluegrass region of Kentucky.

1776, Kentucky became a separate county of Virginia. (Harrodsburg settlers, jealous of Boonesboro, send George Rogers Clark and John Jones to ask Virginia's aid; Virginia declares Transylvania Land Company illegal; creates Kentucky County.)

1778, The longest siege in United States frontier history was the thirteen-day siege of Fort Boonesborough in September 1778.

1779, The First Baptist Church west of the Allegheny Mountains was formed at Elizabethtown.

1780, The city of Louisville is established. Ruddell's Station was attacked by Capt. Henry Byrd and his British and Shawnee Indians in 1780. About twenty inhabitants were killed at the site. The survivors were subjected to a forced march to Detroit (some given to the Shawnees for their participation), where they remained prisoners for the remainder of the Revolutionary War. The bones of the victims were later gathered and buried in a mass grave covered with stones. The site was included in Hinkston's 1,400-acre settlement and preemptive grant, filed in 1784, and is marked by a stone monument."

1782 "Last battle of American Revolution" fought at Blue Licks, near Mount Olivet also it was One of the last Native American battles in Kentucky occurred at the Battle of Blue Licks, although small skirmishes and raids would continue until 1813. The Town of Lexington was established.

1784, First of ten conventions held to prepare way for separation of Kentucky from Virginia.

1791 Upper Spottsvania Baptist Church Left In 1791 For Floyd County, Kentucky From Virginia Leading the Wagon train was Rev. Lewis Craig and Capt. William Ellis.

1792, After the Revolutionary War, Kentucky became a part of the state of Virginia. Soon the people of Kentucky wanted to make their own government. They applied for statehood and on June 1, 1792 Kentucky became the 15th state. Isaac Shelby was chosen as the first governor. Kentucky's first constitution was drafted in April and May of this year and Frankfort was chosen to be the Capital City. Kentucky chose to be known as a commonwealth, meaning government based on the common consent of the people and dating to the time of Oliver Cromwell's England.

1794. Gen. "Mad Anthony" Wayne's victory at Fallen Timbers in Ohio ends Indian attacks in Kentucky and on July 4, 1794, Col. William Price, Revolutionary War veteran, held the first Independence Day celebration in the West, in Jessamine County.

1796, Wilderness Road opened to wagons.

1798, Legislature passes Kentucky Resolutions opposing United States Alien and Sedition Acts.

1801, The great church camp meeting at Cane Ridge in Bourbon County was attended by more than 20,000.

1811, Henry Clay elected to Congress from Kentucky. New Orleans, first steamboat on Ohio River, stops at Louisville.

1815, Steamship Enterprise reaches Louisville from New Orleans, La.

1818, The westernmost region of the state was annexed, following its purchase from the Chickasaw Indians.

1819, The first commercial oil well was on the Cumberland River in McCreary County Kentucky in 1819.

1830, Louisville and Portland Canal opened.

1833, Cholera Epidemic.

1849, Zachary Taylor, Kentucky hero of Mexican War, becomes 12th president of United States.

1850, Kentucky was the 8th most populated state in the nation in the 1850 census. There were 982,405 citizens listed.

1861, Kentucky decides to side with Union in the Civil War after trying to remain neutral. Kentucky was torn apart by conflicting loyalties. Officially a neutral state, brother often fought against brother on the battlefield, as Kentucky supplied approximately 100,000 troops to the North and 40,000 troops to the South. Coincidentally, Kentucky was the birthplace of Abraham Lincoln and the Confederate president Jefferson Davis. The two great men were born in log cabins within one year and 100 miles of each other. Fort Jefferson, the first settlement in western Kentucky, was one of the first Kentucky positions occupied by Union Troops after the Confederates seized the area surrounding Columbus in September 1861.

1862, Kentucky's strategic potential was recognized by both sides in the conflict, and several bloody engagements and many guerrilla raids occurred throughout the state. The first major battle on Kentucky soil during the Civil War was fought near Prestonsburg, January 10, 1862. The most violent battle took place near Perryville in 1862, with a toll of 1,600 dead and 5,400 wounded.

1863 to 1891 The Infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud. The McCoys lived mostly in Kentucky and the Hatfields lived mostly in West Virginia, but there are family members in both states.

1865, University of Kentucky founded at Lexington.

1875, The first Kentucky Derby is held at Churchill Downs.

1891, Present state constitution adopted.

1904 to 1908, The Black Patch Tobacco Wars take place in Kentucky.

1936, The U.S. Treasury Gold Vault was established at Fort Knox .

1937, The Ohio River floods causing extensive damage.

1939, Federal legislation passed in 1938 outlawed production of cannabis, including hemp, in the U.S. Hemp production in Kentucky and the U.S. ramped up during World War II as part of the war effort but fell again after the war.

1964, Cassius Clay (Muhammad Ali) wins his first heavyweight championship fight.

1966, Kentucky is first Southern state to pass a comprehensive civil rights law. Barkley Dam on Cumberland River dedicated.

1970, That the state had more urban than rural dwellers.

List of Things to Do

  1. Need space pages created and developed for Kentucky counties and linked to this page. Would you like to lead a county project?
  2. If you have any Kentucky state resources that you are willing to do lookups, please add them to the Kentucky Resources Page.
  3. If you live in Kentucky, please consider adding Kentucky Research Assistance to your Wikitree profile page.

Ongoing List of Things to Do

  1. Cemeteries in Kentucky need to be photographed and the categories added to profiles on WikiTree. See the Kentucky Cemeteries Project
  2. Add profiles for those who obtained land grants and homesteaded in Kentucky. See the Homesteaders Project
  3. Help develop the Native Americans Project with information about Kentucky state tribes.
  4. Work on Kentucky's unconnected and Kentucky's unsourced profiles.
  5. Create new profiles for people of Kentucky who are documented in a family member's profile, but might not have their own profiles yet. See Needs Profiles Created
  6. Work on Suggestions for profiles from Kentucky, as reported by the Data Doctors Project.
  7. Add profiles for the men who died in World War I, serving from Kentucky in the Great War project and for the Roll of Honor project.

Town and County Projects

Kentucky Related Categories on WikiTree

Related Projects and Pages on WikiTree


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