Morgan County Information



Morgan County, the seventy-third in order of formation, is located in east-central Kentucky.
It covers 382 square miles and is the seventh largest county in the State. It is bounded by Rowan, Elliott, Menifee, Bath and Floyd counties in 1882, and during 1843-69 parts of Morgan County were used to form six of the surrounding counties. The county was named for General Daniel Morgan, a veteran of the Revolutionary War.



West Liberty was established as the county seat in 1824. The county is located in the foothills of the Cumberland Mountain Range and is characterized by beautiful rolling hills and wide valley. In the spring the hills are a mass of red and white colors produced by redbud and dogwood trees in full bloom; and in the fall the hills display brilliant colors of red, orange and brown from the maples, sumac, gum, oak and hickory trees.


Photo courtesy of Glenn Levito

The major highways are KY 7, US 460 and the Mountain Parkway with cattle and burley tobacco as the main agricultural pursuits and timber production is a major industry. The population of this rural county was 10,019 in 1970; 12,103 in 1980; and 11,648 in 1990. The County has a local hospital, the Morgan County Appalachian Regional Hospital; two factories, two banks, five elementary schools, a new high school and a middle school that is located in Index, KY. Also a new prison, East Kentucky Correctional Complex, was built in 1987. It is the largest prison in the state and it is located along Index Hill at the south end of West Liberty.

Morgan County has celebrated it's 30th Annual Sorghum Festival in 2001 on Main Street in West Liberty.
Click here to see last years pictures.


County offices are located in the old Morgan County High School building, picture above, that was built with WPA funds in the mid 30's. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt gave the dedication address. This building was renovated in 1994 with a one million dollar grant and now houses the offices of the County Judge/Executive, PVA, Sheriff, County Court Clerk and County Surveyor as well as the Extension Office and Morgan County Water District. The County Clerk's office provides records of marriages, deeds, deaths, births, wills, etc. that they will provide for a minimal cost. Please visit the County Clerk Resource page for additional information.


Morgan County Official's
Title Name
County Judge/Executive Sid Stewart
Sheriff Bill F. Lacy
PVA Darrell Bradley
County Court Clerk Janis Williams
Circuit Court Clerk Alice Franklin
County Surveyor Joe Curd
County Attorney Steve O'Connor
Coroner Marling Potter
Jailer Gary Cox
Magistrate Kenny Cottle
Magistrate Darris Smith
Magistrate Mike Gevedon
Magistrate Dorman Nipper
Magistrate Darrell Patrick



Below is community information from Early Morgan County by Arthur C. Johnson, published in 1974. This information has been made available thanks to Bernice Johnson (Arthur Johnson's widow) who gave us permission to use it. The information is still copyrighted. A big thank you goes to Connie Spurlock for transcribing the information and to Diana Crace for obtaining permission to post it.

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Communities in Morgan
Adele
Blairs Mill(s)
Blaze
Bonny
Caney
Cannel
Cannel City
Cottle
Crockett
Dehart
Dingus
Ebon
Elamton
Elkfork
Ezel
Florress
Gordon Ford
Greear
Holliday
Index
Jeptha
Kellacey
Lacy Creek
Leisure
Lenox
Liberty Road
Licking River
Malone
Matthew
Mima
Mize
Moon
Murphy Fork
Nickell
Ophir
Panama
Payton
Pekin
Redwine
Relief
Rexville
Sellars
Silverhill
Yocum
Zag



Morgan County Kentucky Genealogy



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Morgan County Menu of Resources
KY BIOGRAPHIES
Map of Morgan County 1999
Soundex Finder
Books for Sale
Marriages
Tree Climbers
Church Records
Military
Tombstone Project
Cemeteries
Miscellaneous
Town History
Census Records
Morgan Co. Archives
Kentucky Vital Records
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Vital Records
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County Info
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Resources  for Researching
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Land Surveys
1850 Slave Index

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Social Security
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