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Image 44 of Union County, past and present

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30 UNION COUNTY PAST AND PRESENT _. gener, daughter of Major Andrew Waggener who lived in Spott- sylvania County, near Fredericksburg, Virginia. One of their sons, John Casey, who was born at Harrodsburg, attended school at Bardstown and did not move to Union County until 1820. w In 1829 he married Mary Willis Lewis (see Caseyville and Delfoven). Other Early Settlers The greater number of Union County’s pioneer farmers un- doubtedly took up their land under the so—called "head—rights" law. A squatter could pick out an unoccupied piece of land, and by proving that he had actually settled on it—usually by making improvements—he could obtain title to it. Because of the breadth and liberality of this law, great injustice frequently resulted. Clearing was viewed by the courts as the leading improvement. Often heaps of brush were piled up and burned, thus giving the land a superficial appearance of being cleared, and in this way a single individual could gain possession of and title to large T tracts. Fielding Jones, one of the early and possibly the earliest ' permanent settler in Union County, was born in Virginia and is said to have come into this region as early as 1790 (see Bio- graphical Sketches) . The Dyer family was established in Union County in 1804. William Dyer, the progenitor, was born in Virginia in 1780, and ‘ upon coming to Kentucky settled about one mile northeast of Morganfield where he lived until his death, in 1832. He was married twice and had nine children. His first wife was Gracie McGee, whom he married in Virginia before coming to Union County. Mr. Dyer has another claim to historical note: he was that important personage of earlier days—the community black- smith. Old William Dyer was known as an impulsive man who usually 2 paid the price of his impulsiveness. A neighbor had a horse which broke into the Dyer corniield much too frequently. Several times Mr. Dyer sent word to his neighbor to keep the horse from tres- passing on his corn. Then, one day, Mr. Dyer, seeing the horse once again in his cornfield, went out and shot the animal, cooled off quickly and then sent the price of the horse to its owner. , Another early pioneer family of Virginia origin was estab- . lished by Solomon Blue, born in Berkley County of that State in , { , Q

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