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Kentucky County Formation Data

COUNTY
FOUNDING 
DATE
FOUNDING
ORDER
PARENT 
COUNTY
COUNTY SEAT
Named 
For
Adair
1802
44
Green
Colunbia
Gen John Adair
8th gov. of KY
Allen
1815
57
Barren, Warren
Scottsville
Col. John Allen
Anderson
1827
82
Franklin, Mercer, Washington
Lawrenceburg
Richard Clough
Anderson, Jr.
Ballard
1842
93
Hickman, McCracken
Wickliffe
N/A 
Barren
1799
37
Green, Warren
Glasgow
Named for the
" Barren Section"
Of KY
Bath
1811
56
Montgomery
Owingsville
Named for a spring
found there
Bell
1867
112
Harlan, Knott
Pineville
N/A 
Boone
1799
30
Campbell
Burlington
Daniel Boone
Bourbon
1786
5
Fayette
Paris
Royal House of
Bourbon, France
Boyd
1860
107
Carter, Greenup, Lawrence
Catlettsburg
N/A 
Boyle
1842
94
Lincoln, Mercer
Danville
 N/A
Bracken
1797
23
Campbell, Mason
Brooksville
William Bracken
pioneer settler
Breathitt
1839
89
Clay, Estill, Perry
Jackson
N/A 
Breckinridge
1800
39
Hardin
Hardinsburg
John Breckinridge
Bullitt
1797
20
Jefferson, Nelson
Shepherdsville
Alexander Scott Bullitt
Lt. Gov. 1796
Bulter
1810
53
Logan, Ohio
Morgantown
Gen. Richard Bulter
Caldwell
1809
51
Livingston
Princeton
Gen. John Caldwell
Lt. Gov of Ky
Calloway
1821
72
Hickman
Murray
Col. Richard Callaway
early Ky pioneer
Campbell
1795
19
Harrison, Mason, Scott
Alexandria, Newport
Col. John Campbell
member of  Ky's
1st Constitutional
Convention 
Carlisle
1886
119
Ballard, Breckinridge, Green
Bardwell
N/A 
Carroll
1838
87
Gallatin, Henry, Trimble
Carrollton
N/A 
Carter
1838
88
Greenup, Lawrence
Grayson
N/A 
Casey
1807
46
Lincoln
Liberty
Col. William Casey
Christian
1797
21
Logan
Hopkinsville
Col. William Christian
of Virginia
Clark
1793
14
Bourbon, Fayette
Winchester
Gen. George Rogers Clark
Clay
1807
47
Floyd, Knox, Madison
Manchester
Gen. Green Clay
Clinton
1836
85
Cumberland, Wayne
Albany
 N/A
Crittenden
1842
91
Livingston
Marion
 N/A
Cumberland
1799
32
Green
Burkesville
Cumberland River
Daviess
1815
58
Ohio
Owensboro
Maj. Joesph H. Daveiss
Edmonson
1825
79
Grayson, Hart, Warren
Brownsville
Capt. John Edmonson
Elliott
1869
114
Carter, Lawrence, Morgan
Sandy Hook
 N/A
Estill
1808
50
Clark, Madison
Irvine
Capt. James Estill
Fayette
1780
1 of 3
orginial counties
Kentucky ( Virginia )
Lexington
Marquis de.Lafayette,  French military and political leader who commanded American troops in the Revolutionary War.
Fleming
1798
26
Mason
Flemingsburg 
 N/A
Floyd
1800
40
 Montgomery, Mason,  Fleming
 Prestonsburg
Col.John Floyd
one of the 1st
surveyors of Ky
Franklin
1795
18
 Mercer, Shelby, Woodford
 Frankfort
Benjamin Franklin 
Fulton
1845
99
 Hickman
 Hickman
 N/A
Gallatin
1799
33
 Franklin, Shelby
 Warsaw
 Albert Gallatin
Garrard
1797
25
 Lincoln, Madison, Mercer
 Lancaster
 James Garrad, Ky's 2nd Gov
Grant
1820
67
 Pendleton
 Williamstown
 Named for either Samuel Grant or Col John Grant (Brothers)
Graves
1821
75
 Hickman
 Mayfield
 Major Benjamin Graves
Grayson
1810
54
 Hardin, Ohio
 Leitchfield
 Col William Grayson
Green
1793
16
 Lincoln, Nelson
 Greensburg
 Gen Nathaniel Greene
Greenup
1804
45
 Mason
 Greenup
 Christopher Greenup Ky's 3rd Gov
Hancock
1829
83
 Breckinridge, Daveiss, Ohio
 Hawesville
 John Hancock
Hardin
1793
15
 Nelson
 Elizabethtown
 Col John Hardin of Va
Harlan
1819
60
 Floyd, Knox
 Harlan
 Major Silas Hardin
Harrison
1794
17
 Bourbon, Scott
 Cynthiana
 Col Benjamin Harrison
Hart
1819
61
 Green, Hardin
 Munfordville
 Capt Nathaniel G T Hart
Henderson
1799
38
 Christian
 Henderson
 Col Richard Henderson
Henry
1799
31
 Shelby
 New Castle
 Patrick Henry
Hickman
1821
71
 Caldwell, Livingston
 Clinton
 Capt Paschal Hickman
Hopkins
1807
49
 Henderson
 Madisonville
 Gen Samuel Hopkins
Jackson
1858
105
 Clay, Estill, Laurel, Owsley, Madison, Rockcastle
 McKee
N/A 
Jefferson
1780
1 of 3
original counties
 Kentucky (Virginia)
 Louisville
 Thomas Jefferson
Jessamine
1799
36
 Fayette
 Nicholasville
Jessamine Douglass
Johnson
1843
97
 Floyd, Lawrence, Morgan
 Paintsville
N/A 
Kenton
1840
90
 Campbell
 Covington, Independence
N/A 
Knott
1884
118
 Breathitt, Floyd, Letcher, Perry
 Hindman
N/A 
Knox
1800
41
 Lincoln
 Barbourville
 Gen Henry Knox
LaRue
1843
98
 Hardin
 Hodgenville
N/A 
Laurel
1826
80
 Clay, Knox, Rockcastle, Whitley
 London
 Named for the Laurel River and the flower "The Mountain Laurel"
Lawrence
1822
69
 Floyd, Greenup
 Louisa
 Capt James Lawrence
Lee
1870
115
 Breathitt, Estill, Owsley, Wolfe
 Beattyville
N/A 
Leslie
1878
117
 Clay, Harlan, Perry
 Hyden
 N/A
Letcher
1842
95
 Harlan, Perry
 Whitesburg
 N/A
Lewis
1807
48
 Mason
 Vanceburg
 Capt Meriwether Lewis
Lincoln
1780
1 of 3 
original counties
 Kentucky (Virginia)
 Stanford
 Gen Benjamin Lincoln
Livingston
1799
29
 Christian
 Smithland
 Robert Livingston
Logan
1792
13
 Lincoln
 Russelville
 Gen Benjamin Logan of Va
Lyon
1854
102
 Caldwell
 Eddyville
 N/A
Madison
1786
7
 Lincoln
 Richmand
 N/A
Magoffin
1860
108
 Floyd, Johnson, Morgan
 Salyersville
N/A 
Marion
1834
84
Washington 
 Lebanon
 N/A
Marshall
1842
92
 Calloway
 Benton
 N/A
Martin
1870
116
 Floyd, Johnson, Lawrence, Pike
 Inez
N/A 
Mason
1789
8
 Bourbon
 Maysville
 N/A
McCracken
1821
78
 Hickman
 Paducah
 Capt Virgin McCracken
McCreary
1912
120
 Pulaski, Wayne, Whitley
 Whitley City
 N/A
McLean
1854
103
 Daveiss, Muhlenburg, Ohio
 Calhoun
N/A 
Meade
1824
76
 Breckinridge, Hardin
 Brandenburg
 Capt James Meade
Menifee
1869
113
 Bath, Montgomery, Morgan, Powell, Wolfe
 Frenchburg
 N/A
Mercer
1786
6
 Lincoln
 Harrodsburg
 Gen Hugh Mercer
Metcalfe
1860
106
 Adair, Barren, Cumberland, Green, Monroe
 Edmonton
 N/A
Monroe
1820
65
 Barren, Cumberland
 Tompkinsville
 President James Monroe
Montgomery
1797
22
 Clark
 Mt Sterling
 Gen Richard Montgomery
Morgan
1823
73
 Bath, Floyd
 West Liberty
 Gen Daniel Morgan
Muhlenberg
1799
34
 Christian, Logan
 Greenville
 Gen Peter Muhlenberg
Nelson
1785
4
 Jefferson
 Bardstown
 Gen Thomas Nelson Gov of VA
Nicholas
1800
42
 Bourbon, Mason
 Carlisle
 Col George Nicholas
Ohio
1799
35
 Hardin
 Hartford
 Named for the Ohio River
Oldham
1824
74
 Henry, Jefferson, Shelby
 La Grange
 Col William Oldham
Owen
1819
62
 Franklin, Gallatin, Scott
 Owenton
 Col Abraham Owen
Owsley
1843
96
 Breathitt, Clay, Estill
 Booneville
 N/A
Pendleton
1799
28
 Bracken, Campbell
 Falmouth
 Judge Edmond Pendleton
Perry
1821
68
 Clay, Floyd
 Hazard
 Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry
Pike
1822
70
 Floyd
 Pikeville
 Gen Zebulon Montgomery Pike
Powell
1852
101
 Clark, Estill, Montgomery
 Stanton
 N/A
Pulaski
1799
27
 Green, Lincoln
 Somerset
 Gen Casimir Pulaski
Robertson
1867
111
 Bracken, Harrison, Mason, Nicholas
 Mt Olivet
 N/A
Rockcastle
1810
52
 Knox, Lincoln, Madison, Pulaski
 Mt Vernon
 Named for the Rockcastle River
Rowan
1856
104
 Fleming, Morgan
 Morehead
N/A 
Russell
1826
81
 Adair, Cumberland, Wayne
 Jamestown
 Col William Russell
Scott
1792
11
 Woodford
 Georgetown
 Gen Charles Scott of VA
Shelby
1792
12
 Jefferson
 Shelbyville
 Gov Isaac Shelby
Simpson
1819
63
 Allen, Logan, Warren
 Franklin
 Capt John Simpson
Spencer
1824
77
 Bullitt, Nelson, Shelby
 Taylorsville
 Capt Spear Spencer
Taylor
1848
100
 Green
 Campbellsville
 N/A
Todd
1820
64
 Christian, Logan
 Elkton
 Col John Todd
Trigg
1820
66
 Caldwell, Christian
 Cadiz
 Col Stephen Trigg
Trimble
1837
86
 Gallatin, Henry, Oldham
 Bedford
 N/A
Union
1811
55
 Henderson
 Morganfield
 N/A
Warren
1797
24
 Logan
 Bowling Green
 Gen Joseph Warren
Washington
1792
10
 Nelson
 Springfield
 George Washington
Wayne
 1801
43
 Cumberland, Pulaski
 Monticello
 Gen Anthony Wayne
Webster
1860
109
 Henderson, Hopkins, Union
 Dixon
N/A 
Whitley
1818
59
 Knox
 Williamsburg
 Col William Whitley
Wolfe
1860
110
 Breathitt, Morgan, Owsley, Powell
 Campton
 Nathaniel Wolfe
Woodford
1789
9
 Fayette
 Versailles
 Gen William Woodford