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Feature articles will be published monthly and can contain case studies, in-depth explorations of record types, interviews, commentaries and local history stories.

  1. Colonel William L. Farrow – Pioneer, Soldier, Statesman

    Colonel William L. Farrow – Pioneer, Soldier, Statesman

    By:  Michael M. Wood  “Our Company saw two Indians in the wilderness; but we all got through safe” William L. Farrow in a letter to his wife Betsy, September 22, 1794 Kentucky in 1794 was still in the midst of war. The bloody defeat of the Kentucky Militia at the Battle of Blue Licks in 1782 was still vivid in the minds of many; in Kentucky alone more than 1500 pioneers had been killed or captured in Indian raids between 1784 and 1790.(1) Just a year prior, on Easter Monday at Morgan’s Station near Mt. Sterling, nineteen women and children were...

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  2. “Dead Men Don’t Talk” – How General May, along with Old Huldy, ended with Old Sparky

    “Dead Men Don’t Talk” – How General May, along with Old Huldy, ended with Old Sparky

    By: Linda Colston, KHS Library Technician and Genealogist Editor’s Note: The following report comes to us through the research that was conducted for the first Kentucky Ancestors Town Hall event in 2017.  The information the family had indicated that General May had been a Deputy Sheriff in Laurel County, Kentucky and had also been executed at Eddyville Prison on 27 Jun 1913.  The family was interested in knowing how this came about.  The search began with a look at his death certificate.  Kentucky started keeping death certificates at the state level in 1911.  Since he died in 1913, a death...

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