County History

Formed in 1786 from Fayette County.  Bourbon County was named for the royal French family who aided the colonies in the War of Independence. Bourbon was one of nine Virginia counties formed before Kentucky became a state in 1792. From its original area all of twenty-four counties and parts of ten other new ones were made. The first courthouse in 1787 in Hopewell (renamed Paris). Source: Kentucky Historical Society.

     My name is Crystal Campbell Dingler. Some of my ancestors were early Bourbon County residents.
     Please contact me with any suggestions you have for the site or any information you would like to contribute. Also, let me know if you find any broken links or errors. Thanks.
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Crystal Dingler - County Coordinator
Copyright 2007 - 2008

Mrs. Jerry Taylor - Former County Coordinator
Copyright 2004 - 2007
Last updated 3/20/08
New site coordinator 11/5/07
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      McKinsey and related Families

·  Locating Robnett Cemetery,
· Finding more on Jefferson Seminary
· Jacob Groshong (may be Grojean)  is on the 1794 tax lists in Bourbon Co. KY. He had moved from Lancaster Co., PA. If you have anything listing him, his son Samuel Groshong or his brother-in-law Daniel Kistler, I would greatly appreciate it.
Thank you very much. Marilyn Humphrey

Bourbon County African American Records

The Bourbon Co. African American records formerly posted here, have been moved to the Kentucky African American Griots KYGenWeb site. The new site seeks to centralize African American records in Kentucky and is part of KYGenWeb Special Collection's Project.  Please visit this site and support this effort by donating material.

Naming the Forgotten -
The Eastern State Hospital Project

This special KyGenWeb project gathers names of residents of Eastern State Hospital, formerly the Eastern State Lunatic Asylum, there prior to 1956.  The hospital cemetery may hold up to 10,000 unmarked graves. Before the registration of deaths in 1911, records are extremely difficult to find. If you have information, please contact Mary Hatton

New this past year!

This site has MOVED: New address:
please update your links.

Deed Book A: 1786 - 1790 Index of Names & Places (a work in progress)  3/7/08
Will of John Desha 3/7/08
Help on Jacob Groshong 3/7/08
Brickwall: John Smith m. Mary Ann Ellis 1795  02/16/08
A new section called "Memories" begins with a historic building, once Bourbon Co High School, plus notes on Faculty/Students, boarding, and the class of 1926. 02/15/08
Index of names for  Register of Silas Baptist Church  02/04/08
Brickwall: John Nesbit/Nesbitt b. 1810  1/31/08
1904 Jefferson Seminary students/teachers 1/15/08
Photo of Moses Robinett's 1807 Gun 1/5/08
Lander/Robinett Cem. Photos 1/5/08
Will of Jeremiah Nesbit posted 12/28
Link to Aunt Polly's Diary  12/10
Links to James Bristow, Jr., the Bluegrass Clarksons, the Bluegrass Stones 12/10
Link to the Shawhan site 12/3
1890 Veteran Census North Middletown, Millersburg and Hutchison's 11/27
More Duncan Tavern Photos 11/27
Chronological Maps of Bourbon Co 11/26
1890 Veterans Census Ruddells Mills 11/25
Anselm Clarkson Famiy 11/24
New County Coordinator 11/5
Will of James Thomas posted 10/27
New Brick Wall - Rodgers 10/25
New Death Certificates 10/18 & 11/24
Robnett Cemetery - updated 8/23
New Cemetery transcriptions 7/18
Crose Family 6/29
New Military Records 5/28
Adair Marriages 4/21
William Adair Descendants 4/18
Biography: Brig. General John Croxton
New Death Certificates 3/24
Hall Family Bible 3/21
Charles Lander 1/23
Lander/Robnett Cem. Let 01/14

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