Wolfe Co., Ky  Genealogy & History
Wolfe County

Genealogy & History

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Wolfe County was formed in 1860, the 110th of Kentucky's 120 counties to be created. The county was formed from parts of Breathitt, Owsley, Powell, and Morgan Counties. Since it's initial creation, Wolfe County has twice lost land to the formation of newer counties; first to Menifee County in 1869 and then to Lee County a year later. Today Wolfe County encompasses 27 square miles


County Formation - Documents the Birth of the County.


An Act to Establish the County of Wolfe - Laws of Kentucky, Chapter 1326, July 1860.


County Seat - Campton, Kentucky

Historical marker on the lawn of the Wolfe County Courthouse, Campton, Kentucky The town of Campton was first settled in the late 1810's. Most historians regard Nim Wills as the founder of Campton. Wills established the new town on the waters of Swift Camp Creek on the site of a camp believed to have been first used by John Swift and his party of silver prospectors 100 years prior (and for whom the creek was given its name). At first the town was known as Camp Town after the camp site. The first permanent structure was erected by Fielding Hanks in 1818, who had chosen the area as his new home after moving to the area from nearby Montgomery County. The town was named the county seat of the new county of Wolfe in 1860 and was formally incorporated ten years later.

The first courthouse, constructed of logs, burned in 1886. A second building also was destroyed by fire in 1913. The third and present courthouse, constructed in 1917, is one of the most interesting courthouses in Kentucky. A traditional colonial building, the courthouse features a relief of a wolf on the gable above the columns on the front.

The first post office was established as Campton on January 16, 1867, with Frances M. Vaughn as Postmaster.
Nathaniel Wolfe (1810-1865), Representative of Jefferson County in the Kentucky legislature.




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Wolfe County Information


Transcribed from the vital statistic film - Roll number S000130.

Selected Surnames, 1861-1910

Books for Sale

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Not a Complete List But We're Working On It!

1920 Census

Transcribed by Carole Bays

Death Certificates

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Deed Book 1

7 June 1875 - A.J. & Sarah Hollon to J.M. Cockerham

Page 334 Page 335

Deed Book 3

1877 A.J. & Sarah Hollon to James Tyler

Page 84


Transcribed from the vital statistic film - Roll number S000130.

Selected Surnames, 1861-1909


The Hazel Green Harold and The Wolfe County News.


Over 1200 Obituaries and Growing!!


300 Pages of Pictures and Growing!!

Click HERE if you can help us identify some pictures.

Records Availability

Listing of the existing records and where to find them.


Having a Family Reunion? Post it here for all to see.

Wolfe County Archives

Records in the KyGenWeb Archives.



Local Historical Information

Early Families

Listing of early Wolfe County families from The Early and Modern History of Wolfe County.

Early Industries

The attractions for the early settlers.

Civil War

The Civil War and Wolfe County

Courthouse Disasters

Courthouse Disasters that have played havoc with county records.

Gallery of Honor

Dedicated to the Veterans of Wolfe County.

Hazel Green, Kentucky

Website dedicated to Hazel Green History.

Murder in 1859

Murder during the vote for county formation.


The last piece of mail processed prior to the closing of the Gosneyville, Ky., Post Office, August 15, 1941.

Courtesy of Pat Cannady


Information of the trains that once roared through the hills.

Spencer Association Primitive Baptists

Minutes of the 21st Annual Session

John Swift's Silver Mines

Dedicated to the late Micheal Paul Henson, a native of Breathitt County.

John Swift's Lost Silver Mine

Written by Jerry McDonald.

The Odd Fellows 86th Anniversary - 1905

Pictures of Torrent Falls.


In Loving Memory of Wolfe County's Midwife

Ellen Higgins Lewis

Aunt Ellen's Babies

Stories of a Great Lady

Wolfe County Midwife #2

There was more than one Black MidWife in Wolfe Co. in the 1920's and 30's. There was one whose last name was Perkins,her first name may have been Lizzie. She delivered Gene Cisco in Stamper Branch 1936.That is next to Lee City. Submitted by Lenzy Cisco, W.VA.

Please email me HERE if you can contribute any more information on this Midwife.


Family Histories

Jesse and Nancy E. Dotson Adams Family Home
Bush Family

My Ancestors by C. W. Bush.

Bush Family

of England, Virginia, Kentucky.

1568-1997 and beyond

Casper Cable story

Written by Gary Barker.

Daniel Boone Childers

was born in Wolfe County, Kentucky, on Holly Creek, on July 11, 1873. Read his story!

Death Certificate of

Elizabeth Combs

Courtsey of Debbie Rose

Hanks Family

Written by Scott E. Sallee

Index to all Hollon, Holland, Hollan & Faulkner Surnames

Compiled by Sandra Lake (Newton) Lassen

Bowen David Rose Article

Courtesy of Troy Rose

Nelson Rose Article

Courtesy of Troy Rose

Shackelford Family Bible

Courtesy of Pat Hobson

Taulbee Family

A link to a few obituaries.

Indenture from Thomas & Rebecca Tolson to C.C. Hanks

22 September 1869

Courtesy of Jim & Rita Tolson Roenic

Tyler Bible Pages

Pages from 2 bibles: #1 - Reverend William T. Tyler and Deborah A. Johnson and #2 - William's father, James S. Tyler.

Van Cleve, Van Cleef, Van Cleave Surname

An article first written about 1944.


Kentucky Links

East Kentucky Cemeteries

Kentucky Census Links

Kentucky Obituary Project

Surname Registry

A place for researchers to connect with each other. Register your surnames and browse through the surnames already submitted.

Kentucky Swap Shop

Find genealogy related material for sale, swap or trade!!

Enjoy reading "tidbits" of Kentucky History? Then you will love

Kentucky Tidbits


Items of Interest

Genealogy Links

Lookup Volunteers

Soundex Codes

Soundex Rules


Wolfe County Genealogical Databases

Display Wolfe County Queries

Enter a Query for Wolfe County

Wolfe Published Resources and Lookup Volunteers

Wolfe Surname Registry Lookups

Volunteer a Resource or Register a Surname

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