Jessamine County Historical Society

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About Jessamine County

Jessamine county was formed in December 1798, created from the southern portion of Fayette county in the famous Bluegrass county of Kentucky. Early land records, marriage records and County Court records can be found in the County Courthouse at 101 N. Main St., Nicholasville, Ky. 40356. (859) 885-4500

FIRSTS in the County

The first session of the Court of Quarter Sessions was held on 25 February, 1799 in the home of Fisher Rice. Governor Garrard commissioned Joseph Crockett, William Shreve and Richard Young as justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions.1  The First Circuit Court was organized in 1803; first order to appoint Samuel H. Woodson as clerk.1   The First Marriage was to Jesse Hughes and Mary Nicholson, married by Nathaniel Harris on March 14, 1799.The First Will recorded in Jessamine county was that of Charles Weber, signed, sealed and published 17 June 1799. 1

Other Firsts - first ferry operated by James Hogan near mouth of Hickman Creek, 1785. First white child born, Joseph Hunter. First Church, Ebenezer Presbyterian, 1785-90. First automobile owned by Fred Sears, 1904. First teacher, Miss Nancy LeFevers, 1802. 2

First Fourth of July celebration west of the Alleghenies was held on the plantation of Col. William Price in Jessamine County in 1794.  Col. Price fought all through the Revolution and was later scalped by the Indians. In a letter to Gov. Isaac Shelby, regretting his absence from the patriotic party, Col. Price wrote: "We had a big dinner with a barrel of peach brandy five years old.... John Craig brought his fiddle and we had a dance... Forty men sat down at my tables and I wish King George III and Lord Nelson could have witnessed this scene in the wilds of America." The forty men attending were veterans of the Revolutionary War. 2

Some interesting By-Law and Ordinances of the town of Nicholasville, taking effect February 1, 1887. "Nuisance - In the way of hog pens, green hides, dead animals, privies, etc, must be abated or moved in 24 hours or pay a fine from $1.00 to $10.00 for every day they remain." 2  Trees - For hitching any horse or animal to or in any way defacing or injuring any tree on street, fine of $5.00. 2

Historical Society

Organized in January 1949 with 81 charter members. Among the early presidents were Mrs. Weldon Simpson, Mr. Marlin Marrs and Mr Robert Suell.2 The Society has a monthly business meeting the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at 216 North Main Street, Farmers Square, Nicholasville, KY 40356. There is also an informal meeting every Thursday afternoon from 12:30-3:30 for drop ins or friendly chats.  If you are planning to visit Nicholasville you can also make an appointment that fits your schedule.

Footnotes

1 A history of Jessamine County, Kentucky, from it's Earliest Settlement to 1898; By Bennett H. Young, Louisville, KY, Courier-Journal Job Printing Co., 1898.
2 Jessamine County Kentucky 1798-1993 Published by the Jessamine County Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc. 1993
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