My name is Marvin Allen, and I have assumed the duties of former Montgomery County USGenWeb Coordinator William Anderson LaBach.
Over the next few weeks I will be updating and adding new content as time permits. Be sure to come back frequently.
Several of my direct ancestors lived in the part of Clark County that became Montgomery County in 1797. My 5th great-grandparents John and Ann (Griffin) Allen had a 510 acre farm on Slate Creek near Howard's Mill where they lived and died in 1804 and 1826 respectively. John was a founding member and elder in the Lulbegrud Baptist Church.
My 6th great-grandparents Richard and Mary (Brown) Griffin lived on Somerset Creek, and 6th great-grandfather Edward Williams lived near Hinkston Creek. They were also founding members of the Lulbegrud church.
Formation of Montgomery County
Montgomery County was formed by an act of the Kentucky General Assembly December 14, 1796 with an effective date of March 1, 1797. It was named for Gen. Richard Montgomery who was killed at the Battle of Quebec during the Revolutionary War.
"SECTION 1. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, that from and after the first day of March next, all that part of the county of Clark lying northwardly and eastwardly of the following bounds, to wit: Beginning on the Bourbon line at a red oak tree marked CL on the side of the road leading from Mount Sterling to Paris, thence a straight line to strike the dividing ridge between Hingstons and Stoners waters where the road leading from Winchester to Mount Sterling crosses said ridge, thence the same course continued crossing Red River until it strikes the Kentucky River, shall be one distinct county and called and known by the name of Montgomery." Reference: Microfilm Roll #2 - Governor Isaac Shelby: Enrolled Bills for 1793, 1794 & 1796.
When it was formed, Montgomery Co. was much larger than today being bounded on the east by the Licking River and the Kentucky River to the west and south. The new county extended southeast nearly to the tip of Virginia.
Researchers will need to check Montgomery's parent counties for events prior to 1797; Clark Co. 1793-1796, Bourbon Co. (VA) 1786-1792, Fayette Co. (VA) 1780-1785 and Kentucky Co. (VA) 1777-1779 and Fincastle Co. (VA) 1772-1776.
Effective 1800, Floyd Co. acquired the large southern portion of Montgomery Co., and in 1811 Bath Co. was formed from the eastern portion of Montgomery Co. In 1816 Estill Co. acquired a southwest section of Montgomery Co. with Floyd Co. acquiring a small southern section in 1818. In 1852 a large part of Powell Co. was formed from the remaining southern section. Finally in 1869, part of Meniffe Co. was formed from the southeastern section of Montgomery Co.
It is always a good idea to check county formation approval dates versus effective dates to determine what records may be available.
About Montgomery County
Montgomery Co. is located in the Outer Bluegrass Region at the intersection of I-64 and US 460.
The largest city is the county seat Mount Sterling with a 2013 population of 7,113.
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Major waterways include Slate and Hinkston Creeks and their many tributaries draining northward into the Licking River, as well as Lulbegrud Creek draining southward into the Red River.
The first settlers to consider making the area that was to become Montgomery County their home were from the Ft. Boonesborough area to the west.
Among them were William Calk, Enoch Smith, Robert Whitledge and Isaac Davis. That was in 1775.
As early as 1779, others including Edward Williams, Nicholas Anderson, Peter Dewitt, John Summars, John Harper and Peter Harper claimed land near the headwaters of the Hinkston by building make shift cabins and planting a crop of corn.
It was still much too dangerous to start bringing their families and setting up permanent homes, so they remained near the safety of Ft. Boonesborough.
Beginning in 1790 it was deemed safe enough to move and numerous families moved in along such creeks as the Hinkston (green), Slate (red) and Lulbegrud (blue).
Nearly all other creeks; Aaron's Run, Brush, Harper, Spencer, Somerset, Sycamore, Grassy Lick, Greenbriar, Salt Lick and Flat Creek were tributaries of these three main creeks. Ref. Munsell's 1818 Map of Kentucky.
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February 26, 2015 - Eskippakithiki update to Settlements page.
February 25, 2015 - a link has been added to a really nice Google map of Montgomery County cemeteries, courtesy of the folks in the Kentucky room at the Lexington Library.
February 23, 2015 - short biographies for Jilson Payne, who built the historic home pictured on this web page's header, and William Calk, one of the earliest explorers to visit the area, have been added.
February 16, 2015 - several land/deed records (surnames: Allen, Fletcher and White) and a will (surname: White) have been added to the Montgomery County USGenWeb Archives.