Counties in Central Kentucky where descendants
of John and David Clarkson settled from 1789.
Most of the Clarksons from the Virginia Piedmont settled in the Kentucky Bluegrass, centered on Bourbon County, east of Lexington. Among them were Julius, Peter, David, Charles, William, and Anselm. Around 1830 many of the second generation moved up to Boone, Campbell, and Kenton Counties.
Some of the descendants of James (d. 1828) and Manoah (1741-1829) of Albemarle settled further to the west in Meade, Breckenridge, and Grayson Counties.
Another early cluster is found south of the Kentucky River in Mercer and Boyle Counties, including John, Thomas, and William, with Drury appearing by 1812.
By 1850 many had moved on to western Illinois (Adams, Hancock, Schuyler, Brown, and Morgan Counties) and/or to Missouri (especially the area which came to be known as "Little Dixie" between the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers (Audrain, Monroe, Chariton, and Randolph Counties).
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This page updated 30 July 2002.