The Kentucky Gazette, Vol. 1787-1800 & Vol. 1801-1820, Genealogical and Historical Abstracts

Woman working a manual printing press.The Kentucky Gazette, Vol. 1787-1800 & Vol. 1801-1820, Genealogical and Historical Abstracts compiled by Karen Mauer Green

Review by Lynda Peach
Published August 2012
About the books
~ From the Preface

Isolation was a fact of life in pioneer Kentucky. The early settlers were cut off from the Eastern Seaboard by many miles of mountainous territory and by the frequent Indian attacks which forced them to take refuge in their small forts. Restricted from moving back and forth between conversation and the occasional newspaper brought in from the East to keep them informed. The news of the day often reached the frontier months after the event, particularly in the winder when travel was even more restricted.

This was the situation in Kentucky in August of 1787 when John and Fielding Bradford printed the first issue of ‘The Kentucke Gazette’. ”

Copyright © 1985
Gateway Press, Inc., Baltimore, MD
Structure of the two abstracted books is the same.One volume covers from 18-August-1787 to 29 December 1800; the other volume from 5-January-1801 to 21-December 1820.Both volumes are in chronological order and do not have a table of contents. Both also have an in-depth index.The books contain abstracts from the mundane to shocking to humerous.
Definition of abstract – a summary of a text, scientific article, document, speech, etc.; epitome.

Vol. 1787-1800

Excerpt from page 98:

Volume VII, Number XXXIX, 14 June 1794
“Jesse Guthrie, 5 June 1794, letter to the editor regarding Beverley Allen, murderer of Robert Forsyth. He was excommunicated from the Methodist Church several years ago.”

Excerpt from page 119:

Volume VIII, Number XXVIII, 28 March 1795
“Samuel Holliday, 24 March 1795, living in Georgetown, regarding a runaway apprentice to the blacksmith business: William Stuart.”

Excerpt from page 131:

“William Townsley, 29 August 1795, living with Thomas Townsley in Scott County about 7 miles from Georgetown, has a still for sale. Apply to Mr. Baxter, coppersmith, near Maj. South’s in Fayette County.

Joshua Brotherhood, Lexington, 18 September 1795, butcher, ‘late from Philadelphia’, has opened his shop in Lexington in the house lately occupied by Capt. Smith on Water Street.”

 Excerpt from 209 Volume XI, Number 603, 11 April 1798:

“Samuel Pearman, 9 April 1798, about establishing a new town.
Samuel Holady, Georgetown, 4 April 1798, regarding a runaway apprentice named James Pogue.” ~ Note: Possibility this is the same Holliday as above.

Excerpt from 217 Volume XI, Number 618, 25 July 1798:

“A list of lands in Hardin County to be sold to satisfy back taxes. Mentions:  Elizabeth Moody, Anthony W. White., Robert Cobb, … Thomas Parker, Samuel Pearman, … David Barbour, John C. Owings, Robert Morris, Samuel Sherwin’s heirs, Francis Epp’s heirs, Alexander Spottswood. Entered by George Helm, sheriff of Hardin County.” ~ NOTE: This was an EXTENSIVE LIST!!!

Excerpt from 226 Volume 225 Volume XII, Number 631, 24 October 1798

page 225 – “William Triplett, 22 October 1798, regarding a land claim.”

page 226 – “John M’Castlen, 16 October 1798, says his wife, Dorothy, has left him, and he won’t pay her bills anymore.”

Volume XII, Number 632, 31 October 1798

page 226 – “Charles Barbier, 29 October 1798, regarding the establishment of a new town. Mentions: Samuel Pearman.
James Hurley, 25 July 1798, living in Montgomery County, found a horse.”

*** NOTE: no Pearman’s are mentioned in the 1801-1820 volume.

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Note the format of the volume & date of paper changed in this volume.
Excerpt from page 174 Number 33, Volume III, Tuesday, 11 August 1812 Volume 26

Obituary: David Sutton, Jr., of Lebanon, son of Capt. Sutton, and his companion, Mr. Reynolds, were murdered by the Indians recently.

Excerpt from page 257 Number 51, Volume III, Saturday, 20 December 1817, Volume XXXI:

“Marriage: George Talbort of Millersburg married Miss Nancy Holladay, daughter of William Hollady of Nicholas County, on Thursday, 4 December 1817.

Mr. Clay is again elected Speaker of the House of Representatives.”

Excerpt from page 261 “Number 10, Volume IV, Friday, 6 March 1818, Volume XXXII

“Cain Ross, of Nicholas County, has rented the house of entertainment, owned by William Holladay, on Limestone Road.”


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