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1.)  Beckham County Parent County/Counties: Carter
Date Approved: 2/9/1904 Date Effective: 2/9/1904

Reference:  “Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly”, 1904, pages 27-30.

Note:  Named for J.C.W. Beckham, Kentucky Governor, when the county was created. Olive Hill was designated the county seat. The court of appeals dissolved this county on April 29, 1904.


Text of Act Creating New County: 

Note: Beckham County would have been the 120th county established or the 121st if voters had approved the establishment of Henrietta County in 1867.


CHAPTER 5. An ACT creating the county of Beckham. Approved February 9, 1904. Emergency Provision.

BE it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

SECTION 1. That the county of Beckham be, and the same is hereby, created, and the boundary lines thereof are established as follows:

Beginning on three black oaks by the county, or old State road, the corner of John Reid’s and Wilburn Hall’s and Marion Oldfields’ lands, being ten and one half miles by survey from Grayson, the present county seat of Carter county, Kentucky; thence south 12 degrees 6’ east 36,740 feet to a small locust; thence south 56 degrees west 2871 feet to a black oak near the open fork of Big Gimlet, thence north 4 degrees 30’ west 19,860 feet to a white oak on Mauck Branch so as to exclude William Binion’s house; thence with the act of 1869, approved January 26, 1869, making Elliott county; thence with Mauck Ridge to the corner of Rowan, Elliott and Beckham counties; thence north 70 degrees 6’ west 14,465 feet; thence north 26 degrees 16’ west 70, 157 feet to the point near Briery Creek; thence due north 31,480 feet; thence north 9 degrees 15’ east 65, 297 feet; thence due south 12,238 feet to a small hickory and oak on top of Three Prong ridge; thence south 5 degrees 19’ west 52,528 feet to the point of beginning.

SECTION 2. The seat of government or county-seat of said county is Olive Hill.

SECTION 3. Said county is, for the present, divided into five magisterial districts, numbered and bounded as follows:

District No. 1. Beginning at the point where the line of this county crosses Cave branch; thence with the division line between this county and Carter county to where it crosses Tygart’s creek; thence up said Tygart’s creek, with the meandering thereof, to the mouth of Jarvis branch; thence up said branch, with the meanderings thereof, including the farms of James Jarvis and William Jordan, to the county road at the head of said branch; thence with the county road to the Corey school-house, on top of the hill; thence with the county road to the Elliott county line, crossing Big Sinking Creek at Providence school-house; thence with the Elliott county line to a set stone in said line, at a point due south from the main forks of Big Sinking Creek; thence with the county road leading to Limestone, but excluding all of Limestone West of the Jack Thompson branch; thence down Tygart’s creek to the forks thereof, at the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad bridge, near the residence of Ex-Senator Carpenter; thence up and with the Fleming Fork of Tygart’s creek, to the mouth of Smith’s Run creek; thence up said Run to the headwaters thereof, at a set stone on the ridge dividing the waters of said Smith’s Run from those of Grassy, near the residence of Samuel J. Rayburn, but excluding it; thence with the top of said ridge to the Joseph Tutt’s farm, on the headwaters of Buffalo creek; thence an East course with the top of the ridge that divides the waters of Buffalo and Smoky creeks, to where the old Oakland school-house was burned; thence down Cave branch to the beginning.

District No. 2. Beginning at the point where the line between Beckham and Carter counties crosses Tygart’s creek; thence following the division line between said counties to the line of Elliott county; thence with the Elliott county line to the corner of District No. 1; thence with the boundary lines of District No. 1, to the beginning.

District No. 3. Beginning at the forks of Tygart’s creek, at the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad bridge, a corner of District No. 1, and thence with the line of District No. 1 to the Elliott county line; thence with the line of Elliott county to where it intersects the line of Rowan county; thence with the Rowan county line to a set stone on top of the ridge which divides the waters of Tygart’s creek from those of Kinniconick creek; thence with the top of said ridge to the corner of District No. 1, near the residence of Samuel J. Rayburn and including it; thence with the boundary line of District No. 1 to the beginning.

District No. 4. Beginning at the corner of District No. 1, at the Joseph Tutt’s farm; thence running on top of the ridge dividing the waters of Buffalo creek from those of Laurel creek to the Lewis county line; thence with the line of Lewis county to the line of Greenup county; thence with the line of Greenup county to the line of Carter county; thence with the line of Carter county to the beginning.

District No. 5. Beginning at a set stone in the Rowan county line, a corner of District No. 3; thence with the line of District No. 3 in an east course to the corner of District No. 4, at the Joseph Fults’ farm; thence with the north line of District No. 4 to the line of Lewis county on Stafford’s Hill; thence a west course with the line between Lewis and Beckham counties to the Rowan county line; thence with the Rowan county line to the place of beginning.

SECTION 4. For the purpose of selecting and acquiring grounds upon which to erect and maintain all the necessary public buildings for said county, a board of commissioners is hereby created, to be composed of three members, who shall be appointed by the Governor within ten days after this act takes effect, from the two political parties, who shall be residents of this county, and who shall hold the office until the work of the said commission is completed, and any vacancy on which shall be filled by appointment by the fiscal court of said county.

SECTION 5. The said commission shall have power, and it shall be its duty, to provide temporary places for holding the courts and keeping the public records of said Beckham county until permanent buildings are provided for such purposes.

SECTION 6. When this act takes effect it shall be the duty of the Governor to appoint from the eligible citizens of said Beckham county all the officers provided for a county by the Constitution and laws of this State, such officers to hold until the next regular State election and until their successors are elected and qualified.

SECTION 7. Inasmuch as the people living in the territory comprised by said Beckham county live very remote from the county seats of their former counties and are compelled to travel long, tedious and expensive journeys thereto, and as the expense of litigation and other public duties and privileges is very heavy, an emergency does exist, and therefore this act shall take effect and be in force from and after its approval by the Governor.

REF: “Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly”, 1904, pages 27-30.


CHAPTER 72. An ACT to amend section 5 of an act, entitled “An ACT creating the county of Beckham” and providing for transfer of assessment lists. Approved March 21, 1904. Emergency Provision.

BE it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky:

SECTION 1. That section 5 of an act, entitled, “An act creating the county of Beckham,” and which section reads as follows:

SECTION 5. The said commission shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, to provide temporary places for holding courts and keeping the public records of said Beckham county until permanent buildings are provided for such purposes,” be so amended as to read as follows:

SECTION 5. The said commission shall have the power, and it shall be its duty, to provide temporary places for holding the courts and keeping the public records of said Beckham county until permanent buildings are provided for such purposes; that it shall be the duty of the county courts of any county, whose territory is affected by the act creating the county of Beckham, to direct the county court clerks to compile, make up and certify to the county court clerk of Beckham county the property assessment lists, already made for the current year, of the property properly assessable in Beckham county by reason of its location therein; and the sheriffs of said adjoining counties so affected are respectively relieved from the responsibility of the collection of such tax lists so certified to the county court clerk of Beckham county. For the service of so compiling and certifying such lists as herein provided, the fiscal court of Beckham county shall allow to such county court clerks a reasonable compensation, payable out of the revenues of said Beckham county.

SECTION 2. WHEREAS, It is necessary that the taxes due the county of Beckham be collected when due, an emergency is declared to exist, and this act shall be in force from and after its passage and approval by the Governor.

REF: “Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly”, 1904, pages 155-156.