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Madison County Kentucky Genealogy

Madison County Kentucky Genealogy


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Madison County was formed in 1785 from Lincoln County while still a part of Virginia. It was the 6th county in Kentucky and named for Virginia statesman, James Madison, 4th President of the United States. It is located on the southeastern edge of the Bluegrass region of Kentucky where the knobs mark the boundary between the rolling Bluegrass and the hilly Cumberland Plateau. The elevation in the county ranges from 530 to 1660 feet above sea level. George Adam's house was the site of the first county business on 22 Aug 1786 near the present town of Milford. Milford was the county seat until 1798, then it was moved to land owned by Colonel John Miller and re-named Richmond after his birthplace of Richmond, VA. Daniel Boone was here in 1769 and 1775; General Green Clay was an early settler, whose son, Cassius Marcellus Clay, was ambassador to Russia during the Civil War. The western pioneer Christopher "Kit" Carson was from this county. Colonel Richard Callaway, early ferry operator, was here in 1779. Berea School formed here in 1855.  

The County Clerk has marriage and land records from 1787; probate records from 1850. The Circuit Clerk has divorce and civil court records.

Madison County is a bed of history. It was the site of Daniel Boone's outpost, Fort Boonesborough, the birthplace of Kit Carson, and residence of abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay whose home is now the White Hall State Historic Site. Civil War buffs will want to take the Battle of Richmond driving tour.  

Bybee Pottery is also located in Madison County. It is the oldest existing pottery west of the Alleghenies. The log building has been a home to Bybee Pottery for over a century. Legend states that this pottery was originally established in 1809, and actual sales records prove its existence as a thriving industry as early as 1845.  

Madison County is also a center for higher learning with the historic Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond and Berea College, founded in 1855 as the South's first interracial college, in Berea.  

(Info on Madison Co. above provided by University of Kentucky and Sandi Gorin)

As stated above, Madison County was formed from Lincoln County, Virginia in 1785. The original County included some or all of the following Counties as they exist at the present time: Madison, Garrard, Rockcastle, Jackson, Clay, Leslie, Perry, Owsley, Lee and Estill. In 1797 part of the County was taken to create Garrard County, in 1800 part of the County was lost to Garrard and additional land was obtained from Montgomery, in 1805 land was lost to Knox, in 1807 land was lost to the creation of Clay County and land was also lost to Floyd and Knox Counties, in 1808 land was lost to Estill County, in 1810 land was lost to the creation of Rockcastle County, in 1812 land was gained from Clay County, in 1821 land was lost to Rockcastle County, in 1858 land was lost to the creation of Jackson County. Maps can be found in Kentucky Atlas of Historical County Boundaries, John H. Long, editor, 1995. 

Helpful Links

Madison County Research by Jennifer Fish
11th Kentucky Cavalry CSA "Chenault's Cavalry" Web Site
Madison County Homepage
Madison County Marriage records through 1844 transcribed by the late Judge W. Rodes Shackelford
Madison County Map
Madison County Political Graveyard
Madison County Schools
Madison County TIGER Map
Madison County USGenWeb Archives
Madison County Weather Forecast
USGenWeb Free Archives
Eastern Kentucky University Archives
Society of Boonesborough page


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Madison County Research Help

Madison County Clerk
William Gabbard
101 West Main Street
Richmond, KY 40475-1415
Phone: (
859) 624-4703
FAX: (
859) 624-8474
Email: [email protected]

Madison County Public Library (Richmond Branch)
507 West Main
Richmond, KY 40475-1349
-623-6704 FAX: 859-623-2032
Contact: Sue Hays; Pamela Mullins

Madison County Public Library (Berea Branch)
319 East Chestnut
Berea, KY 40403-1508
859-986-7112 FAX: 859-986-7208
Contact: Abigail Harris

Eastern Kentucky University
Crabbe Library
Special Collections Archives Section
Richmond, KY 40475
859-622-1906 - Recorded message regarding library hours 
-622-1792 - Special Collections and Archives

Kentucky Public Records Division
Archives Research Room
P.O. Box 537
Frankfort, KY 40602-0537

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Neighboring Counties

If you find your ancestors disappearing from Madison Co., try one of these counties which either surround or used Madison Co. in their formation. Neighboring counties are always a good source for possible information on your ancestors.

Clark Co., KY
Clay Co., KY
Estill Co., KY

Fayette Co., KY  

Floyd County, KY 
Garrard Co., KY
Jackson Co., KY
Jessamine Co., KY
Knox Co., KY
Lee Co., KY
Leslie Co., KY
Lincoln County
Montgomery Co., KY
Owsley Co., KY
Owsley Co. History and Genealogy Society
Perry Co., KY
Rockcastle Co., KY


GenWeb Links and Information

KY GenWeb Project USGenWeb Archives US GenWeb Project World GenWeb Project

In March and April 1996, a group of genealogists organized the Kentucky Comprehensive Genealogy Database Project. The idea was to provide a single entry point for all counties in Kentucky, where collected databases would be stored. In addition, the databases would be indexed and cross-linked, so that even if an individual were found in more than one county, they could be located in the index.

At the same time, volunteers were found who were willing to coordinate the collection of databases and generally oversee the contents of the web page. There are still counties without web pages and volunteers needed to help the project grow and be all that it can be.

In June 1996, as the Kentucky project was nearing completion, it was decided to start a USGenWeb project, and as with the Kentucky project, volunteers were found to host the state pages. If the state in which you are interested does not have a page and you wish to be responsible for it, or if you would like to contribute your data or create a county page within a given state, contact the person responsible for maintaining that state and/or county.  

Also in June 1996, just 2 weeks or so after the beginning of The US GenWeb project, the WorldGenWeb project was begun. Volunteers are still needed for many of the countries.

My name is Bill LaBach and I am the coordinator for this county. If you have information on this county and would like to contribute to this project or participate in any way, please send me e-mail.

Send your information in an E-MAIL message to Bill LaBach ( Please refer to Madison County in the subject line of your message. If you find any broken links on these pages, please let me know.


Publication Source Lookups Available
Kentucky Court Order Book B (1791-1801) Jackie Couture
P.O. Box 439,
Waco, KY 40385, price of book is $28.00
Lookup Volunteer is:

Sherry Stoffers

Thanks, Sherry

 Kentucky Court and Other Records, Vol. 1: Early Wills & Marriages, Old Bible Records, and Tombstone Inscriptions by Mrs. William Breckenridge Ardery Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., price of book is $20.00 Lookup Volunteer is:

Laurese Herron

Thanks, Lorri

 Madison County, Kentucky 1850 Census; Marriage records thru 1824; individual names only, no surname searches 1850 federal census Lookup Volunteer is:

Joan Miller

Thanks, Joan

History of Masonry in Madison County, Kentucky by Robert R. Burnam, 1914; contains brief sketches of Masters of various lodges between 1812 and 1913. Please put "Madison Co. Masonic lookup" in subject line when requesting a search There is a partial index here. Lookup Volunteer is:

Marilyn McGuire

Thanks, Marilyn

Madison County Marriage Records, Volumes 1 and 2, 1786-1851 by Bill and Kathy Vockery, one surname at a time please!   Lookup Volunteer is:

Marilyn McQuire

Thanks, Marilyn

Abstracts of Madison County, Kentucky Will Book "A" (1787-1805)  by Anna Joy (Munday) Hubble, 1983   Lookup Volunteer is:

Andrea Wieland

Thanks, Andrea

Madison County, Kentucky Wills and Estates, 1785-1813 compiled by by Charles M. Franklin   Lookup Volunteer is:

Andrea Wieland

Thanks, Andrea

Cemetery Records of Madison County; Vol. 1 - Northern Section, Vol. 2 - Southern Section compiled by by Kathy Vockery. Please put "Madison County lookup" in the subject line when requesting a search   Lookup Volunteer is:

Marilyn McGuire

Thanks, Marilyn

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