Finding aid prepared by Laura A. Hess
Ohio County, Kentucky records
University of Kentucky Special Collections
Collection is arranged by subject.
Housed with multiple collections.
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Preferred Citation Note
76M16: [Identification of item], Ohio County, Kentucky records, 1799-1924, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
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Ohio County was formed in 1798 from portions of Hardin County and named after the Ohio River, which originally formed the county's northern border. The county seat is Hartford, Kentucky.
William Cooper Rowan was the grandson of Ohio County's first clerk and the nephew of Senator John Rowan, owner of Federal Hill in Bardstown, Kentucky. Rowan's son-in-law, James Ford, served in the Confederate military before becoming a wealthy businessman and landowner. His son-in-law, R.E. Lee Simmerman, worked as an attorney.
Begin Rowan Names.
Rootsweb. Ancestry.com. n.d. Web. 24 April 2012.
Scope and Content
The Ohio County, Kentucky records contain both public and private records relating to the county government and residents. The public records, dating from 1800-1860, comprise the bulk of the collections. They consist of bonds, deeds, reports to county commissioners and the county court, depositions, notifications of appointments to public office, and bills belonging to the county clerk's office. The personal records, dominated by James Ford and the Rowan family, include deeds, land records, tax statements and receipts, business documents, and probate records. Notable items include charges of misconduct against Sheriff Richard Stevens, cases heard by justices of the peace Mosby James and James Hobdy, letters regarding education from Susan M. Anthony and S.R. Rowan, the charter of the Hartford Academy from 1807, and census returns and lists of emancipated slaves from 1810-1818.
- Hartford Academy (Ky.).
- Rowan family
- Kentucky--Ohio County--Census.
- Ohio County (Ky.)--History.
- Ohio County (Ky.)--Officials and employees--Selection and appointment.
- Anthony, Susan M.
- Ford, James W., 1842-1927
- Hobdy, James
- James, Mosby
- Rowan, John, 1773-1843
- Rowan, S. R.
- Rowan, William Cooper
- Simmerman, R. E. Lee, 1872-1930
- Stevens, Richard
- Business records--Kentucky--Ohio County.
- County officials and employees.
- Misconduct in office--Kentucky--Ohio County.
- Probate records--Kentucky--Ohio County.
- Public records--Kentucky--Ohio County.
- Slave records--Kentucky--Ohio County.
- Surety and fidelity insurance.
The physical rights to the materials in this collection are held by the University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Charter of Hartford Academy, 1807 January 20
[Box: 1, Folder: 8]
Rowan family deeds, 1840-1885
[Box: 1, Folder: 9]
Census returns for tax purposes, 1810-1818
[Case: 6, Drawer: 2, Box: 1, Folder: 10, Box: 3, Folder: 21]
Receipts, bills, lists, county clerk, 1799-1881
[Box: 2, Folder: 1]
Reports of Justices-of-the-peace, 1804-1810
[Box: 2, Folder: 2]
Appointments of surveyors, 1835-1846
[Box: 2, Folder: 3]
Appointments of county officials, 1800-1857
[Box: 2, Folder: 4]
Bonds given by county offices, 1799-1829
[Box: 2, Folder: 5]
Bonds given by estate executors, 1804-1851
[Box: 2, Folder: 6]
Bonds given by county officers, 1830-1854
[Box: 2, Folder: 7]
Miscellaneous bonds, 1815-1854
[Box: 2, Folder: 8]
Reports, petitions, and requests, 1803-1861
[Box: 3, Folder: 1]
Reports to justice of the peace, 1805-1807
[Box: 3, Folder: 2]
Depositions concerning land entries, 1800-1873
[Box: 3, Folder: 3]
Depositions concerning taxable property, slave importation, bastardy, 1813-1854
[Box: 3, Folder: 4]
Record of cases concerning debts, 1831-1836
[Box: 3, Folder: 5]
Court cases, suit for freedom by slave, 1825-1851, 1924
[Box: 3, Folder: 6]
Charges of misconduct against Sheriff Richard Stevens, 1821
[Box: 3, Folder: 7]
Summons and notices by county court, 1817-1862
[Box: 3, Folder: 8]
Official requests or notices by county clerk, 1825-1856, undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 9]
Land entries, surveys, plat maps, 1804-1847
[Box: 3, Folder: 10]
Miscellaneous government records, 1811-1860
[Box: 3, Folder: 11]
Deeds, articles, mortgages, land sales, business agreements, Rowan family, 1800-1848
[Box: 3, Folder: 12]
Rowan family, J.W. Ford, R.E. Lee Simmerman, deeds, land sale,s mineral exploration rights, 1851-1920
[Box: 3, Folder: 13]
Deeds to land in Polk and Marion counties, Florida trace land ownership, J.W. Ford, 1867-1884
[Box: 3, Folder: 14]
Wills, court affairs, Rowan family, 1839-1901
[Box: 3, Folder: 15]
Business correspondence and records, 1817, 1872-1905, undated
[Box: 3, Folder: 16]
Business and personal receipts, bills, accounts, and financial statements for the Rowan family, 1809-1906
[Box: 3, Folder: 17]
Assessment lists, Florida for J.W. Ford, 1907-1916
[Box: 3, Folder: 18]
Personal correspondence of Susan M. Anthony, Rowan family, and Jesse Ford, 1853-1873
[Box: 3, Folder: 19]
[Box: 3, Folder: 20]