Carroll County, 1889
(red lines are proposed railroads)
|Carroll County, c. 1935
red lines are roads; black lines are railroads
|Magisterial District Map, 1940|
|Carroll County was the 87th county formed in Kentucky. The law enacting Carroll County was passed on February 9, 1838, and the county was formed on March 1, 1838 from parts of Gallatin, Henry and Trimble Counties. Its boundaries are unchanged since February 5, 1872. It has an area of 130 square miles, making it the 118th largest of Kentucky's 120 counties.|
of Carrollton, Maryland, the man for whom Carrollton
and Carroll County are named, and, the only Roman
Catholic signer of the Declaration of Independence.
You can read more about him at this site.
|Maryland Home of Charles Carroll
Can you name the nineteen town names in Carroll
County that have had US post offices? That list is here.
The list from WWI is here.
|Membership lists of the Masonic Lodges in Carroll County, from 1911: (pdf's)|
From George W. Hawes’ Kentucky State Gazetteer and Business Directory,
for 1859 and 1860, comes this listing (pdf) for Carrollton.
In 1876, the R. L. Polk Company published The Kentucky State Gazetteer and Business Directory, which listed information about virtually every town in Kentucky. The listings from Carroll County are these:
An earlier 1861 gazetteer has this listing for Carrollton.
An updated Hawes gazetteer from 1883-84 lists these Carroll communities:
In 1914, here’s what the L&N’s Industrial Freight and Shipper’s Guide had to say about:
|The 1878 Biographical Encyclopedia of Kentucky had these
entries for folks with a Carroll County connection (all are pdf's)
|Gen. Percival Butler||Gen. Wm. O. Butler||Richard Parker Butler|
|Thomas Langford Butler||Henry Giltner||L. W. Taylor|
|Lewis Sanders||Sam S. Scott||W. B. Winslow|
|There are a total of thirteen Carroll Counties in the USA. Here's a list of the other 12.|
|Carroll County, Arkansas||Carroll County, Georgia||Carroll County, Illinois|
|Carroll County, Indiana||Carroll County, Iowa||Carroll County, Maryland|
|Carroll County, Mississippi||Carroll County, Missouri||Carroll County, New Hampshire|
|Carroll County, Ohio||Carroll County, Tennessee||Carroll County, Virginia|
October, 1967, and I-71 is ready to open to Walton.
(...and the Courier doesn't know where English is)
|“Carrollton has 195 males and 173 females, total 368; Prestonville reports 40 males and 51 females; total 91. Ghent, 81 males and 103 females, total 194.” Courier-Journal, May 16, 1870||“Destructive conflagrations have also occurred at . . . Carrollton, Ky., $100,000.” from a list of fires in the Los Angeles Star, August 24,1854|
|Three short notices on Underground Railroad activity in Carroll Co., here.||Edmund Prince & the Underground Railroad, 1855, here.||In 1919, there was a farm census, counting livestock, crops and farms. Carroll County's is here.|
|A site dedicated to the bridges of Carroll County is here.||A letter in the Cincinnati Times in 1875 describes Carrollton, here.||An excerpt from Collins' History of Kentucky on prehistoric Carroll County formations is here.|
|“The Indiana Liquor Law has caused a brisk business to spring up at several points in Kentucky along the Ohio River. The owner of the ferry at Milton is reaping a fortune, and several citizens of Madison talk of erecting taverns in Milton. At Ghent, the jug business is carried on extensively; the horse ferry boat will soon give place to steam - as our Hoosier neighbors, to get steam will put on steam. At Carrollton, the jug traffic is improving, but after all, it may only prove to be an increased appetite for molasses.” - Carroll County Times, July 7, 1855|
|A List of the first automobiles and their owners in Carroll County is here.||Timetable for the L&N, 1879, here, listing Liberty (Sanders), Eagle, Worthville & Carrollton.||The biggest crowd to ever assemble in Carrollton? Find out all about it here.|
| Then again, maybe this was the biggest
|Was there a woman spy in the Civil War from Carrollton? This says yes.||Owen County Sheriff in shootout in Carrollton, here.|
|In 1906, the Courier-Journal published a list of out-of-state residents who would come home to Carroll County.|
|One of Ghent's more famous citizens is James Tandy
Ellis. Learn more about him at this site.
|Lists of people in Carroll County Cemeteries are at this site, and this site.||The Carroll County Roots Web site is here.|
|In 1969, Edna Talbott Whitley compiled a list of Cabinetmakers in Kentucky. The Carroll County portion of that list is here.||You can get a glimpse of grass roots politics, in 1879 Carroll County, here.||In 1930, Kentucky Progress Magazine ran a feature letting each of Kentucky's counties list their accomplishments for 1929. What Carroll County came up with is here. (pdf)|
|The Steamer Redstone blows up between Carrollton and Ghent April 3, 1852. The story is here. This site has another five - ! - news article that covered the disaster.||Among those on the Redstone,(story at the left) was a bridal party which boarded at Madison. In the aftermath of the explosion, "the arm and hand of the young bride was all that was ever found of the body, and that was identified by the initials on the wedding ring that encircled her clammy fingers, and from which cruel death had failed to separate her."|
|“’Who Was the First Man the ever settled in Carroll county?’ asked we, the other day, of Judge Cox, who knows as much of the county’s history s any other man. He replied: ‘There is a tradition in my family that a man named McCool, who settled at the mouth of McCool’s creek, was the first settler, and Green Owens says he received the same fact from his ancestors.’ This is no doubt true.” The Carrollton Democrat, April 5, 1884.|
|Notices like this are common in post-Civil War African-American newspapers.||The African-American newspaper The Freeman offers these notes from 1911 Carrollton and these from 1893.||A note from The Freeman on Carroll County churches is here.|
|Larkin Sanders has legal issues in 1886, here.||Carroll County's Mary Stewart was not told slaves had been freed. Until 1902.||In 1880, a visitor describes Ghent and Carrollton, here. (pdf)|
“The Carrollton Station Stage is doing a thriving business, so is the Worthville Stage, and they are well conducted. Travel from here to the cities is now almost entirely by the Short Line R. R. The river is so low that there is almost no telling at what time the Mail-boats will be along. For instance, the Ben Franklin left Cincinnati late Saturday evening and did not reach here until Monday morning.” from an unnamed newspaper, October, 1872
|Buried treasure found in 1869 in Carroll County, here||“Bond's dog, the champion fox hound of Carroll county, having won the champion silver collar, the whole state is challenged, through the Carrollton Times, to contest his right to wear it. The test to be on ground in Carroll county selected by a committee.” Daily Courier, March 8, 1868|
|Mr. Darg loses his slaves, here.|
|Freman Anderson, a Hanover, Indiana resident, recalls the days of his activities in the Underground Railroad in Trimble and Carroll. Read his remembrance here.||
“Arrangements are in progress and it is confidently expected that not exceeding five miles of the Ghent Turnpike in Carroll County, Kentucky, precisely opposite Vevay, Indiana, will be let on the same day, and under similar circumstances as the Vevay Turnpike. This road also is to be graded, bridged, and M’Adamized.” Indiana State Sentinel, Indianapolis, April 11, 1850
|Items from Collins' History of Kentucky on Carroll County are here.||Carroll County sites placed on the National Places of Historical Places are at this site.||A status report from the Superintendent of Schools in Carroll County from 1900 is here. The 1907 report is here.|
|“In 1815 James McIntire laid out the town of Erin, opposite Carrollton, Ky., but was unsuccessful in his attempts to attract population at that point.“ from An Illustrated History of the state of Indiana,“ by DeWitt Goodrich, 1875.||
In the late 1930's the WPA Writers Project interviewed a number of ex-slaves. Peter Neal was from Carroll County, and his account is here. (pdf)
You can read the proposal to build the Covington, Big Bone and Carrollton Railroad - going through Ghent - here.
|“Colonel G. W. Berry, Provost Marshall of this district [for the Union], received information yesterday that one of the enrolling officers for Carroll County was unable to make further progress in the discharge of his duties on account of armed resistance of the citizens. A detachment of soldiers was sent to his aid at once. We also learn that there is some trouble in Trimble County, threats of personal violence having repeatedly been made against the enrolling officers. The Cincinnati Enquirer, June 25, 1863||Being with the Provost Marshalls' was a dangerous job in the Civil War. Witness the item to the left, below, and this.|
|The start of the Carrollton County Republican is documented here.||
Union troops shut down a pro-Confederate newspapers in Carrollton in 1862, here.
Horrible atrocities by rebel guerrillas, here.
|In Carrollton, former slave Alexander Foley found his wife, who had been sold down the river forty years earlier. The story is here.||
The Confederate Raider Jesse - more an outlaw than a soldier - is discussed in this article.
The story of the folks going to the penitentiary from Carroll County in 1896 is here.
|Environmental Report on the Ghent power plant, here.||Detailed Presidential voting statistics from Carroll County are here.||Buried Treasure upstream from Carrollton?
Read more. A companion piece, here.
|“Carrollton is shipping pawpaws to the Cincinnati market.” Courier-Journal, September 12, 1876||“G. W. Anderson, of Carrollton, is shipping hickory nuts to Washington City, as if Congress have not already got enough tough nuts to crack.” Courier-Journal, December 11, 1876||A Carroll County man that had four wives, 42 children, and a hat he's been wearing for 22 years. His story is here.|
|C. 1928, the Kentucky Opportunities Department published a fact sheet about Carroll County for potential businesses that might be interested. You can read it here. (pdf)||The Interstate Commerce Commission moved part of Carroll County and Trimble County from the Central to the Eastern time zone at 2 a.m. on Sunday, July 23, 1961.||Warsaw's Dr. E. C. Threlkeld wrote a piece detailing Daniel Boone's travels through Gallatin County, from when Carroll was part of Gallatin. You can read it here.|
|Ghent's H. M. Froman wrote a brief history of Carroll Co in 1917. It's here. (pdf)||“In 1870, there were a total of 2,515 horses in Carroll County.” from the Carrollton News-Democrat, October 12, 1967||The story, from 1900, about the opening of a brand new bridge across the Kentucky River. Read it here. (pdf)|
|Prominent Citizens of Carroll County, 1847, here.||Carrollton's Treasurer's Report, from 1890, is here.||A List of the Carroll County Historical Markers is at this site.|
|The Vevay Reveille, on December 22, 1863, has a section on “New Books,” which, among other items lists this item: “Exposition of the Wallace Seduction Case, by J. C. Lewis, Louisville, Hull & Brother. This is the story os the trial of Rev. G. B. Waller for the seduction of Miss Nancy Coombs, recently tried at Carrollton, Ky. For sale by I. Stevens, Jr.” NKYViews has been unable to find the book, or any other reference to the trial? Anybody know anything? You can contact us here.|
“We learn that a free Negro has been preying in about Carrollton, mouth of the Kentucky River, undertook a day or two since to run off a couple of slaves. He started with them in a skiff, and took his course down stream, when he was overhauled by parties in pursuit, and the slaves recaptured, but the free fellow escaped.” from the Louisville Daily Courier, August 24, 1854
|“At 2 places between Carrollton and Madison, the Confederate flag is displayed to every passing steamer, particularly those descending the Ohio loaded with troops. These rebel ensigns are unfurled and vaunted to the breeze by females who flatter themselves that their sex will protect them.” Cincinnati Daily Enquirer, February 23, 1862|
|The Freeman, “An Illustrated Colored Newspaper,” was published in Indianapolis. Two items from it about Carrollton are here and here.||The Kentuckiana Digital Library has a number of Carroll County images. Quality is erratic, but it's worth a look, at this site.|
|In 1894, there were 32 one-room schools in Carroll County. The list is here.
The 1897 list is here.
|From 1885 is not only a list of all the one-room schools, but also a description of the boundaries of each district. Read it here. (pdf)|
|The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's assessment of agriculture in Carroll County, in 1898-1899 can be found here. (pdf)||The 1895 Carrollton Race Track, for foot races, bike races, and trotters, here.|
|There are some early Acts of the Legislature in the Gallatin County section of these pages that pertain to Carroll County when it was still a part of Gallatin County. Read some of them here.||Carroll County's John Davis, of the 17th Indiana Mounted Cavalry, Company F, is a recipient of the US Medal of Honor in April of 1865 for his actions in in capturing the flag of the Worrill Grays (C.S.A.) in Culloden, Georgia. He died and is buried in what is now the ghost town of Cotopaxi, Colorado (Wikipedia).|
|“The following paper was found on the streets of Carrollton the other day: “For and in consideration of the sum of five hundred and thirty five dollars, to me in hand paid, the receipt of which is hereby acknowledged, I have this day sold to Thos. Dugan a negro woman named Clara, aged about 19 years, of light color, and her child, a boy aged about 9 months, which I warrant sound and healthy in mind and body and slaves for life. I will also warrant and defend the title of said negro woman and child against the claims of any person or persons whatsoever. Witness my hand and seal this 25th day of April, 1846. Henry Crittenden.” from a news clipping in a scrapbook, dated 1896, and otherwise uncredited.|
|“More Runaways. The Carrollton Times says: Five more negroes availed themselves of the under-ground railroad facilities for reaching Canada, a few days since. They were from Shelby county, and crossed the river about Locust.” from the Louisville Daily Courier, June 5, 1855||An 1843 gazetteer describes Carrollton as having “a court house, jail, 3 churches - 1 Presbyterian, 1 Methodist, and 1 African - 7 stores, 1 steam saw mill, and about 850 inhabitants.”|
|In 1937 UK released surveys of known archaeological sites by county. Carroll County’s is here. (pdf)||His “forged” papers detected, slave escapes anyway. Here.|
|William Peachy was the recipient of a large land grant which covered a very large portion of what is now the Carrollton area. 613 acres on the point were acquired from Peachy by Benjamin Craig and James Hawkins, and they subsequently sold smaller parcels of the land. The Butler Park land was also a part of Peachy's original grant. And the name Port William? It's named after William Peachy.||“A couple from the other side of the Ohio river applied at the
County Clerk's office for a marriage license Wednesday. The
clerk, however, refused to issue the license and they departed,
vowing to go to Vevay, Madison, or somewhere else, as they were
determined to marry. The man appeared to be considerably under
the influence if liquor, which probably accounts for his desire to
give up liberty and single blessedness.”
Carrollton Democrat, September 10, 1870
|“In the Carroll, Ky., Circuit Court, Van Tuyl, who kidnapped the free negroes in Ohio, one of which he sold to a gentleman of Carroll county, had his trial for the swindling transactions. The prosecution failed to sustain the charges, it being decided that the false pretenses were made in Ohio, although the money paid for negro was received by him in Kentucky. He was remanded to jail, however, to await a requisition from Ohio, where he will answer for his scoundrelism.” from Vevay's Indiana Reveille, March 31, 1858||
The Carrollton Democrat of the 1870’s took great delight in sticking it to Gallatin County, and especially its newspaper, the Warsaw Record. An example: “The [Warsaw] Record still persists in being “as independent as an iceberg” and explains itself thus: “It simply means that no man or party can govern us no more than they can an iceberg.” By all means let the Record stick to its iceberg and - to its grammar.” From the Carrollton Democrat, January 25, 1873.
|“An omnibus line is to commence its daily trips this morning from Carrollton to Worthville.” Courier-Journal, March 6, 1871||“The stage from Carrollton to Worthville, in connection with the Short-line railroad, now runs only when there are passengers.” Courier-Journal, April 17, 1871|
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|Larry Mahoney and the Carrollton Bus Crash, at this site. (Wikipedia)|
26th District Basketball Tournament Program, 1933
|Adam Crosswhite. He and his wife, Sarah, Carroll County slaves, escaped to Michigan, where slave catchers attempted to return them. Story at this site.Henry Bibb's account of the trial, here, and an eyewitness account is here.||Carroll County's Lt. Col. Moses Tandy Pryor, C.S.A.|
|During the Civil War, in many parts of the country, the population was generally more afraid of the home guard than the opposing army. The “home guards” were usually gangs of men more interesting in theft than defense. One of the more notorious in the Carroll County area was Capt. George M Jessee., about whom more follows.|
|“16 colored soldiers, 117th U. S. captured at Jex's Landing, Carroll Co., 3 miles above Ghent on the Ohio river, by Col. Geo. M. Jessee's Confederate force.” Collin's History of Kentucky, August 23, 1864|
|Killing folks at Ghent on August 29, 1864, here, after which Jessee and his men attacked the Kentucky River Lock at Carrollton, here, and here.|
|“Louisville, September 9. – Colonel Holman, of the First Kentucky Cavalry, captured the soi distant , Colonel Jesse, and 150 men yesterday afternoon. They were encamped near Ghent, Ky., and being surrounded by Holman, surrendered without firing a gun.” The Cincinnati Enquirer, September 10, 1864. More here.|
|Jessee, camped in Henry County, is gearing up for more “warfare and outrages.” Here.|
|However, in December of 1864, he was on the loose and stealing horses again, here.|
|“Guerrillas in Carrollton, Kentucky. On Thursday last, a band of Jessee's guerrilla's dashed into Carrollton, Kentucky, and carried off a few horses and a portion of the records of the Circuit Clerk, which was in session at the time.” The Cincinnati Enquirer, March 31, 1865|
|He was captured again on April 25, 1865 at Eminence, Ky.|
|George D. Cosgrove's Dixie Cavaliers in Kentucky has bio's and descriptions of a number of Northern Kentuckians in the Confederacy. Be aware that Cosgrove never came across a Confederate soldier with a fault, and you're getting what can be a very slanted view of history. His item on Jessee is here. (pdf)|
|“Among Carrolltonians, It Is the Fad, the Fashion, the Rage - It's everywhere.” “It” was bicycles, in 1898. The story is here.||A receipt for a slave sale in Carrollton is here.|
|Carrollton slave chaser backed down, here.||H. M. Froman wrote this piece on Carroll County in 1907.|
|1860 Tornado does serious damage in Carroll. More here.||Curious relic found in 1883, here.|
|“It is reported that a rebel force of from four to five hundred were in Carroll county last night, with the view of crossing to Vevay, Indiana.” Daily Alta California, July 29, 1864||Citizens of Trimble County, Carroll County, and Madison, Indiana meet in April of 1861 to avoid Civil War Hostilities. Read the story here, and follow-up stories here.|
|“The first marriage in Carroll county took place March 29, 1837. The parties were John Neley and Nancy Adams, daughter of John McWilliams. The ceremony was by Rev. George Kendall.” Carrollton Democrat, July 2, 1898||A 1904 meeting of the Eagle Valley Medical Society is described here.|
|The WPA writes created a picture of Carroll County from c. 1937. You can read it here (pdf).||“A debating society in Carroll county, Kentucky, is discussing the question, ‘Whether General [Andrew] Jackson was a greater man that Jesus Christ.’ Most people in Kentucky regard this question as already settled. You can never convince them that Jackson had any failings.” Daily Alta California, December 22, 1875|
|Lawyers of Carroll County, 1872, here.|
|The Geological Survey of Kentucky did a geological analysis of Carroll County in 1856. Read it here. (pdf)||A description of Port William from 1817 is here. He wasn't impressed.|
|“The Carrollton Courier is the name of a paper recently started in Carrollton, Ky., edited and published by T. D. Wright, Esq. The number before us looks well, and its editorials convince us the Editor is not a novice in the business.” from Vevay's Ohio Valley Gazette, September 11, 1851||“The News, published at Ghent, Ky., is one of the few papers of the South which has a woman for an editor. Miss Angie Rice, a beautiful and accomplished girl, presides over the editorial columns of the News with much ability.” The Hartford (Ky.) Hartford Herald, January 11, 1905|
|In 1890, the Carrollton Democrat reprinted its credentials from the very first issue of the paper, some “23 years ago.” Read it here.||My Grandfather told me that the road between Milton and Carrollton contained the longest stretch of continuously curved road in the state of Kentucky. That is, therefore, true.|
|Advocating for a telegraph in 1860, here.||Cholera (Wikipedia) hits Carroll County in 1873, here.|
|“Norwin Perry, hustling editor of the News-Democrat of Carrollton, Ky., spent a few minutes in Warsaw last Saturday with friends. After Norwin got through telling us of the good qualities of the citizens of Carrollton and Carroll county, he had us believing all the bad folks who had ever lived in that good county had died, moved away, were in jail, the penitentiary, or in the Kentucky Legislature. Now we, as a rule, have always believed everything Mr. Perry tells us, but Oscar Vest told us some time ago, that Perry Minor told him that Ed Seppenfield told him that George Lee said it was rumored by Emmett Orr that there was on some occasions when Mr. Perry resided in Owen county that his word for truth and veracity has been questioned.” Gallatin County News, April 7, 1934|
|“An organ grinder accompanied by a little girl was I town for a few days this week. A beggar woman was also here.” “There were two gentlemen here last week, and a portion of this, with small photograph car, run by hand, taking pictures of stores and private houses. They made a great many pictures many of which are quit good and took in a considerable pile of money.” Both from the Carrollton Democrat, October 22, 1881||”Carrollton, Ky., May 24. - Two and one-half inches of rain fell here Thursday night and it is still raining. Great damage has been done to the farms by washouts. One of the largest bridges between this city and Worthville has been washed entirely away. Travel is almost stopped. The Baptist church at Sanders, Ky., was struck by lightening and entirely destroyed. Loss, $1,500.” from the Hickman (Ky.) Courier, May 30, 1902|
|“The G.M.C. Oil and Gas Company brought in their fourth gas well Saturday. 2,000 feet from their No.3 well at a depth of 800 feet. This well is located in Carroll County on the Aggie Owens farm and shows 1,500,000 cubic feet.” from the Maysville Daily Independent, July 6, 1931|
| Wheeling (or Whelan)
Gaunt, born into slavery in Carrollton in 1812, bought his freedom,
and moved to Yellow Springs, Ohio, where he became wealthy buying
and selling real estate. In his will, he left 9 acres, the income
off which was to buy the widows of Yellow Springs 25 pounds of flour
each Christmas. That was in 1894. To this day, every
Christmas, they still distribute flour. Follow the links on
this page to learn a lot more about both Gaunt, and his tradition.
from Trow's Legal Directory of Lawyers in the United States, 1875
“Carrollton, Ky., Dec. 19 - The Fiscal Court this evening bought the three remaining toll turnpikes in this
county, a total of twenty-four miles at the price of $21,000. The gates will be thrown open tomorrow.”
from the Earlington, Ky. Bee, December 22, 1898
“Ghent, Ky., Feb. 13 - The first tollgate
raid in the history of Carroll county occurred one-half mile
above this place on the Ghent and Warsaw turnpike. All of the other pikes in this vicinity had been freed
of tollgates. Many of the persons going through the gates refused to pay the toll. There is no clew [sic] to
the identity of the persons who committed the act. The gatekeeper made no show of resistance and was not harmed.”
from Maysville's Daily Public Ledger, February 13, 1899
|“A story of a man that had a nose so large the he couldn't blow it without the use of gunpowder is said to be a hoax.“ Carrollton's Daily Democrat, October 11, 1870|
Historical Markers of Carroll County
|“At Carrollton, in Carroll County, some fifty miles northeast of Louisville on the Ohio River, considerable furor was aroused over the alleged plots engineered by The Reverend William Anderson, a colored Methodist preacher, who was also accused of aiding fugitive slaves to escape to the North. After a reward of six hundred dollars had been offered for his apprehension , he was captured with documents in his possession implicating 'several distinguished Northerners.' His examination, however, proved disappointingly innocuous and he was discharged.“ from Winston Coleman's Slavery Days in Kentucky, 1940|
“Negro Troubles in Kentucky - Louisville, Dec. 19- the Negro preacher Anderson was examined to-day, at Carrollton, but nothing was proved against him. He is still held on charges from Henry and Trimble counties.” The National Era, December 25, 1856
|More details on Anderson's capture
can be found here.
|Yet a third story on Anderson is here.|
|Louise Wilson Howe was a published poet from Carrollton. from the left, above, we have her picture and a bio, Christmas Greetings from Carrollton, and Autumn in Carrollton, Kentucky.|