the 57th county formed after Kentucky became a state in 1792, was taken from south-eastern portions of Warren Co., KY, and south-western portions of Barren Co., KY, on January 11, 1815. Allen County was named in honor of Colonel John Allen, a brave Kentuckian who died in the Battle of River Raisin, MI. It is located in the Pennyrile region of the state. The elevation in the county ranges from 445 to 966 feet above sea level. In 2000 the county population was 17,800 in a land area of 346.12 square miles, an average of 51.4 people per square mile. The county seat is Scottsville. and was settled about 1797, beginning as a stop on the stage route south of Louisville. The town was established in 1816 and named for Charles Scott, a former governor of Kentucky. The Allen Court House or Scottsville post office opened in 1816. The population in 1990 was 4,278. If you are planning a visit to Allen County, Hwy 231(east) from Bowling Green, KY, Hwy 31E (south) from Glasgow, KY, or Hwy 31E (north) from Gallatin, TN, will provide easy access to county seat Scottsville.

Allen County(More Allen Co) is situated in the south central section of Kentucky on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line. The Barren River forms the county line on the north and east, separating it from Barren Co., KY and Warren Co.,KY.. (More Warren Co). Simpson Co., KY, was formed from part of the western section of Allen County in 1819. Allen County is bounded on the east by Monroe Co , KY, and on the south by Sumner Co.,TN (More Sumner Co) . Smith Co , TN became a border county when it was taken from Sumner in 1799, until 1846 when Macon Co.,TN was formed. When searching for your early ancestors, looking in neighboring counties can shed light on many puzzles.

It is important to know something about the KY/TN boundary dispute when researching Allen County and her TN neighbors. This 15 mile disputed land area is called Walker's Line

Onsite Resources Local Resources and Places of Interest
9th KY Infantry-roster - Genealogical Research
52nd KY Mounted Infantry - roster Allen County Court House
52nd KY Mounted Infantry -Pensioners Allen County Historical Society
Allen County 2 (archives of marriages, wills, deeds, deaths, cemeteries, births, photos ,etc. 2000+ pages of research materials) KY Archives & Library - Western KY University
Allen County Archives (  
Allen County Historical Society & Genealogy Library Dining/Lodging
Bible Records Allen County/Scottsville
Biographies & Genealogies (search function found here) Barren County/Glasgow
Courthouse Resources Simpson County/Franklin
  Warren County/Bowling Green
Grave Line Tour  
Look Ups - none available at this time Leisure
Marriages 1815-1889 Barren River State Park
Message Boards - Wills, Deeds, Obit's, Queries, etc. Civil War Battlefields/Driving Tour; Duncan Hines Scenic Byway; Lost River Park; South Union Shaker Village
Missing Marriages Project Grave Line Tour (each October in Scottsville)
History of Allen County & Scottsville Kentucky Museum & Library
Queries- Genforum Mammoth Cave National Park
Pioneers of Allen County National Corvette Museum & Assembly Plant
Published Resources books to add to your personal Allen Co.,collection Nolin Lake State Park
Surname Registry Scottsville Historic Walking Tour (phamphlets & maps available at Chamber of Commerce)
The KYAllen online email List can connect you with other people searching for Allen County, KY, ancestors. Search past emails for information that might prove helpful in your family hunt.

My name is Sharon Tabor, and I am the host for your research journey through Allen County. If you have information to post, find broken links, or would like to make suggestions about this site, please email me by clicking on my name. I live in North Carolina, and have never lived in Allen County, but my family has roots in Allen County for over 200 years.

Assistant County Coordinator is Mike Oliver, a resident of Delaware, who also has roots in Allen County dating back over 200years

A special thanks to former Allen County Coordinator's who helped make this site possible: Mark Lowe, Freddy Brown, Mike Oliver.

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