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Monroe County, Kentucky

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  • Rodden Thompson (1769 - 1852)
  • Archibald Thompson (1736 - 1802)
    Revolutionary War Veteran DAR A129602 Birth: dd mm 1736 - Montgomery County (Montgomery) Death: date - Monroe, Kentucky, United States Marriage: date - Augusta, Virginia, United States Spou...
  • Lydia Marrs (1768 - 1814)
    Samuel Wayne Marrs married first Lydia Thompson (1768-1814) on 8 Oct 1788 in Montgomery (now Tazewell) Co, VA. They had nine children: Abijah Thompson (1789-1814); William (1791-1821); John A. (1793...
  • Samuel Wayne Marrs, Sr. (1769 - 1831)
    sources give Samuel's middle name as Wayne. If true, he would not be a "Jr." inasmuch as his father's (only) given name was Samuel. His son was known as Samuel Wayne Marrs, Jr.Samuel Wayne Marrs marrie...
  • Francis Marion "Fox" Gray, (CSA) (1838 - 1915)
    Civil War Veteran - 12th Tennessee Cavalry, CSANote: For additional information on the 12th Tennessee, CSA during the Civil War, please see the final 3 URL's at the end of this page.___________________...

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The county was formed in 1820; and named for James Monroe the fifth President, author of the Monroe Doctrine.

Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan's first Kentucky raid occurred here on July 9, 1862. Morgan's Raiders, coming from Tennessee, attacked Major Thomas J. Jordan's 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry at USA garrison. Raiders captured 30 of retreating enemy and destroyed tents and stores. They took 20 wagons, 50 mules, 40 horses, sugar and coffee supplies. At Glasgow they burned supplies, then went north, raiding 16 other towns before returning to Tennessee. A folk tale is also present in the area after the mysterious death of union lieutenant Cecil L. Gorge. According to legend, he was killed in the courthouse after confederate solder's set it on fire; before dying, he cursed the courthouse to burn as he had forever. The courthouse has burned three times since his death, all from unknown causes.

President Abraham Lincoln's half third cousin, Thomas Lincoln (1780–1844), lived in the Meshack Creek area of present-day Monroe County and served two terms as constable of Cumberland County in 1802 and 1804. In 1810 he left Kentucky and migrated to Ohio and Indiana. In 1799 he married Patsy Gee from Meshack Creek.

Home of the Old Mulkey Meetinghouse State Historic Site. The 20-acre (81,000 m2) park features the oldest log meetinghouse in Kentucky, built in 1804 during a period of religious revival. Many Revolutionary War soldiers and pioneers, including Daniel Boone's sister, Hannah, are buried there. The structure has twelve corners in the shape of a cross and three doors, symbolic of the Holy Trinity. The Old Mulkey Church, originally called the Mill Creek Baptist Church, was established by a small band of pioneer Baptists from North and South Carolina and led by Philip Mulkey. The site became part of the park system in 1931.

Adjacent Counties

Cities & Communities

  • Akersville
  • Alexander
  • Boyd
  • Bugtussle
  • Center Point
  • Coon's Foot
  • Emberton
  • Flippin
  • Fountain Run
  • Gamaliel
  • Gum Tree
  • Hestand
  • Jeffrey
  • Lamb
  • Mount Hermon
  • Mud Lick
  • Persimmon
  • Rockbridge
  • Stringtown
  • Sulphur Lick
  • Tompkinsville (County Seat)
  • Vernon



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