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1.)  Mason County (Current Location) Parent County/Counties: Bourbon
Date Approved: 11/5/1788 Date Effective: 5/1/1789
Present County Seat: Maysville Formation #: 8

Assumed Present Boundary: 8/1/1867

Reference:  Hening’s “The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia”, Vol. XII., 1823, pages 663-664.

Note:  Named for George Mason, a Virginia statesman whose writings influenced Thomas Jefferson. (ref: "Kentucky Encyclopedia")

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Text of Act Creating New County: 

CHAPTER IV. An Act for dividing the county of Bourbon. Approved November 5, 1788.

I. BE it enacted by the General Assembly, That from and after the first day of May next, the county of Bourbon shall be divided into two distinct counties, that is to say: All that part of the said county lying north east of a line to begin at the junction of Licking, with the Ohio; thence up the main branch of Licking to the head thereof; thence a direct course to strike the nearest part of Russell County line; thence along the said line to Big Sandy, and down the same to the Ohio river; thence down the Ohio river to the beginning, shall be one distinct county, and called and known by the name of Mason; and the residue of the said county shall retain the name of Bourbon.

II. A court for the said county of Mason shall be held by the justices thereof on the fourth Tuesday in every month, after the said division shall take place, in such manner as is by law provided for other counties, and shall be by their commissions directed.

III. The justices to be named in the commission of the peace for the said county of Mason, shall meet at the house of Robert Ranckin, in the town of Washington, in the said county, on the first court day after the division takes place, and having taken the oath required by law, and administered the oath of office to, and taken bond of, the sheriff, proceed to appoint and qualify a clerk, and fix upon a place for holding courts in the said county, at or as near the center thereof as the situation and convenience will admit of; and shall thenceforth proceed to erect the necessary public buildings at such place, and until such buildings be completed, to appoint any place for holding courts, as they shall think fit. Provided always, that the appointment of a place for holding courts, and of a clerk, shall not be made unless a majority of the justices be present; where such majority shall have been prevented from attending by bad weather, or their being at the time out of the county, in such case the appointments shall be postponed until some court day, when such majority shall be present.

IV. It shall be lawful for the governor, with advice of the council, to appoint a person to be first sheriff of the said county, who shall continue in office during the term, and upon the same conditions, as is by law directed for other sheriffs. Provided always, that nothing herein contained shall be construed to hinder the sheriff of the said county of Bourbon from collecting and making distress for any public dues or officers fees, which shall remain unpaid by the inhabitants thereof, at the time such division shall take place, but he shall collect, distrain, and account for, the same in like manner, as if this act had not been made.

V. The court of the said county of Bourbon shall have jurisdiction of all actions and suits in law and equity, which shall be depending before them, at the time the said division takes place, and try and determine the same, issue process, and award execution thereon.

VI. In all elections of a senator, the county of Mason shall be of the same district as the said county of Bourbon.

REF: Hening’s “The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia”, Vol. XII., 1823, pages 663-664.


Counties Involved in Boundary Change: Bracken

Reference For Boundary Change:  “Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly”, 1854, Vol. I, pg. 89.

Text of Act Approving Boundary Change: 

CHAPTER 643. An ACT to change the county line between the counties of Bracken and Mason. Approved March 8, 1854.

WHEREAS, it is represented to the present General Assembly of the commonwealth of Kentucky, that it will be greatly to the convenience of the citizens of Germantown, and not cause inconvenience to any of the citizens of either Bracken or Mason counties, to change the line between those counties, running in and near said town.Therefore,

SECTION 1. Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, That the said county line be changed as follows: beginning at a point in said line, in the center of Main street, in Germantown, and running thence east with the center of said street about one hundred feet, to a point opposite the center of the town hall; thence south, through the center of said hall, one hundred and fifty feet; thence west, to the present county line between said counties.

SECTION 2. That all legal elections, and magistrates’ courts and other legalized courts, for any of the precincts or districts, in either Mason or Bracken counties, which embrace said hall, and are held in said hall, shall have the same force and effect as if they had been held at the places now provided by law.

REF: “Acts of the Kentucky General Assembly”, 1854, Vol. I, pg. 89.