Historical Map of KY and Her Counties - 1785-86
In May 1782 the Commonwealth of Virginia passed a law which made the three counties become the District of Kentucky as of August 1st. This allowed for our own district court and the settling of cases in Kentucky without having to make the long trips back to Virginia.
Kentuckians created four new counties in the new district during the period of 1785-86.(4) Nelson (5)Mercer (6)Madison and (7)Bourbon.
# County: Date Created: Named For: 1 Jefferson June 30, 1780 Thomas Jefferson, the main architect of the Declaration of Independence 2 Fayette June 30, 1780 Marquis de la Fayette,the 23 year old French General who was the darling of the colonies. 3 Lincoln June 30, 1780 Benjamin Lincoln, the chief lieutenant of General George Washington who was to receive the sword of the defeated General Cornwallis at Yorktown in 1781 4 Nelson 1785 Thomas Nelson, the Virginia governor 5 Mercer 1785 General Hugh Mercer (a revolutionary patriot) 6 Madison 1785 James Madison (a revolutionary patriot) 7 Bourbon 1785 French royal dynasty (which was to succumb to its own revolution in the following year).
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