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1.)  Greenup County (Current Location) Parent County/Counties: Mason
Date Approved: 12/12/1803 Date Effective: 2/1/1804
Present County Seat: Greenup Formation #: 45

Reference:  Littell’s “Statute Law of Kentucky”, Vol. III, 1811, pages 117-118.

Note:  Named for Kentucky's fourth governor, Christopher Greenup. He served from 1804 to 1808. (ref: "Kentucky Encyclopedia")

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Text of Act Creating New County: 

CHAPTER XCIII. An ACT for the division of Mason County. Approved December 12, 1803.

SECTION 1. BE it enacted by the general assembly, That from and after the first day of February next, all that part of the county of Mason that is included in the following boundary, to wit: beginning on the Ohio, opposite to the mouth of big Scioto river, thence a course so as to include all the branches of Tygert’s creek, until it intersects the Fleming line, thence with the line of Fleming county to the line of Floyd county, thence with the line of Floyd to big Sandy river, and down big Sandy to the Ohio, and thence with the Ohio to the beginning, shall be one distinct county, and called and known by the name of Greenup.

SECTION 2. After the said division shall take place, the courts for the said county of Greenup shall be held on the third Monday in every month, except the months in which the court of quarter sessions are held; and the quarter session court shall be held, annually, in the months of January, April, and October, in such manner as is provided by law in respect to other counties in this state.

SECTION 3. The justices named in the commission of the peace for the said county of Greenup, shall meet at the house of Andrew Hood, on the first court day after said division shall take place; and having taken the oaths prescribed by law, and the sheriff being duly qualified, the court shall proceed to appoint and qualify their clerk.

SECTION 4. And be it further enacted, That Duval Payne, Joseph Donophan, Philemon Thomas, Abraham Drake and Thomas Sloo, or any three of them, shall, and they are hereby appointed commissioners, to meet at the mouth of little Sandy, on the first Monday in March next, or as soon thereafter as may be, who, being first duly sworn by some justice of the peace for said county, shall proceed to view and fix upon the proper place for the permanent seat of justice in and for said county, as near central as the situation and the nature of the case will permit; and having fixed upon such place, the seat of justice shall there be established, and the court shall cause public buildings to be thereon erected: Provided however, that when the commissioners shall have fixed upon a place in the said county, for the seat of justice thereof, they shall, under their hands and seals, forthwith certify the same, together with a plat of the ground, to the county court, who shall cause the same to be entered of record, and shall immediately proceed to contract for the said land; and the court for the said county shall levy in their next county levy, two dollars per day, each, for each day the said commissioners shall be traveling to, attending and returning from the business under this act to be done by each of them, to be accounted for in the same manner that other county levies are collected and accounted for.

SECTION 5. It shall be lawful for the sheriff of Mason county to make distress for any public dues or officers’ fees unpaid by the inhabitants within the bounds of the said county of Greenup at the time such division shall take place, and he shall be accountable in like manner as if this act had not been passed.

SECTION 6. The courts of Mason county shall have jurisdiction over all actions and suits at law or equity depending therein at the time of the said division, and shall try and determine the same, issue process, and award execution thereon.

This act shall commence and be in force from the first day of February next.

REF: Littell’s “Statute Law of Kentucky”, Vol. III, 1811, pages 117-118.


2.)  Green County (Current Location) Parent County/Counties: Lincoln, Nelson
Date Approved: 12/20/1792 Date Effective: 1/1/1793
Present County Seat: Greensburg Formation #: 14

Assumed Present Boundary: 5/7/1860

Reference:  Microfilm Roll #1 - Governor Isaac Shelby: Executive Journal & Enrolled Bills (1792-1794)

Note:  Named in honor of General Nathaniel Green.

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Text of Act Creating New County: 

An ACT forming a new County from Lincoln and Nelson. Approved December 20, 1792.

SECTION 1: Be it enacted by the General Assembly That from and after the first day of January next, all that part of the Counties of Lincoln and Nelson, included within the following bounds to wit, Beginning on Green River opposite to the mouth of Little Barren River, thence a straight line such a course as will strike a Point on the dividing ridge Between Lin Camp and Brush Creek a west course from Skegges Station on brush Creek, then a Straight line to the South west corner of Washington County; thence along the same to the line of Lincoln County; thence with the same to Green River then a line South forty five degrees east to the Carolina Boundary; thence with the same to Logan County line; thence with the line of Logan County to the elk Lick on Little Barren River; thence down the said River to the Beginning Shall be one distinct County and called and known by the name of Green.

SECTION 2. A Court for the said County of Green, shall be held by the Justices thereof on the second Thursday of every month, after the said division shall take place, in such manner as is proved by law with respect to other Counties, and shall be by their Commissions directed.

SECTION 3. The Justices to be named in the Commission of the Peace for the said County of Green shall meet at the house of John Johnson in the said County upon the first Court day after the said division shall take place, and having taken the oaths prescribed by law and the Sheriff being legally qualified to act, The Justices shall proceed to fix upon a place to hold Courts in the said County at or as near the center thereof as the convenience and situation will admit of and thenceforth the County Court shall proceed to erect the public Buildings at such place and until such buildings be completed, the Court of Quarter Sessions and County Court may adjourn to such place or places as they may severally think proper, And the Justices of the Court of Quarter Sessions at their first Session and also the Justices of the County Court at their first Court shall proceed to appoint and qualify their clerks, Provided always, the appointment of a Place to erect Public Buildings shall not be made unless a majority of the Justices of the County concur, nor of a clerk unless a majority of the Judges of the Court for which the Clerk is to be appointed concur, but such appointments shall be Postponed until such majority may be had.

SECTION 4. It shall be lawful for the Sheriff of Lincoln and Nelson to make distress for any Public dues or Officers fees unpaid by the inhabitants within their respective bounds at the time such division shall take place, and they shall be accountable in like manner as if this act had not been made.

SECTION 5. The courts of the said counties of Lincoln and Nelson shall have Jurisdiction in all actions and suits depending therein at the time of the said division, and they shall try and determine the same, issue process and award Execution thereon.

SECTION 6. Until the enumeration be made agreeable to the Constitution, the said County of Green shall not be entitled to a Representation in the General Assembly.

Signed by: Isaac Shelby, Governor of Kentucky; Robert Breckinridge, Speaker of the House of Representatives; Alex. S. Bullitt, Speaker of the Senate.

REF: Microfilm Roll #1- Governor Isaac Shelby: Governor’s Journal & Enrolled Bills (1792-1794)


Counties Involved in Boundary Change: Hardin

Text of Act Approving Boundary Change: 

CHAPTER CCXX.

An ACT altering the line between Green and Hardin Counties.

Approved December 15, 1804.

WHEREAS it is represented to the present general assembly, that the line between Green and Hardin counties has never been run until very lately, and that many who have heretofore been considered as inhabitants of Green county, have attended the courts, voted at the elections, listed their property, and paid taxes in the said county of Green, are, by the late extension of the line between the said counties, left in the county of Hardin: and it is also represented, that those inhabitants, as well as others, are much more convenient to the courthouse of Green county, than they are to Hardin courthouse, and have petitioned to be added to Green county; by reason of which it is thought expedient to alter the said line: wherefore,

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the general assembly, That that part of Hardin county included between the present line dividing Green and Hardin, and the following bounds, to wit: beginning at the mouth of little Barren river, running thence down Green river to a point on Green river two miles above the mouth of Linn Camp creek, from thence running on the dividing ridge between Linn Camp creek and Brush creek, so far as will include all the settlers of Brush creek, thence such a course as will strike the south-west corner of Washington county, at the head of Salt Lick creek, shall be, and the same is hereby added to the county of Green.

SECTION 2. And be it further enacted, That the sheriff of Hardin county shall have full power to distrain for all taxes, levies, and fee-bills, and finish and complete all the demands he may legally have against the individuals included within said bounds, in the same manner as if this act had not been passed, any law to the contrary notwithstanding.

SECTION 3. And be it further enacted, That the said line shall be run by the surveyor of Green county, and at the expense of said county; and before the said surveyor shall proceed to run the said line, ten days notice shall be given to the county court of Hardin county, in order to enable the said court to appoint a surveyor or other person to attend the running the said line, and the surveyor or other person or persons employed on the part of Hardin county, shall be paid at the expense of the said county of Hardin.

This act shall commence and be in force from and after the passage thereof.

REF: Littell’s “The Statute Law of Kentucky”, Vol. III, 1811, pages 198-199.

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