Barren County was established in 1798 from land provided by Green County and Warren Counties. Six courthouses have served the county throughout its history, the first built of logs. It was settled by the Scotch-Irish and the county seat is named Glasgow (after Glasgow, Scotland).
Barren County Probate Records available to members of Kentucky Pioneers
Indexes to Probate Records
Wills, Estates, Inventories 1797 to 1819
Wills, Estates, Inventories 1817 to 1829
Wills, Estates, Inventories 1828 to 1856
Barren County Wills, Estates, Inventories, Book No. 1, 1797 to 1819
Names of Testators: Alford, Ansel | Alford, H. | Allen, John | Allen, Williams | Ashly, Francis | | Austin, Williams | Baily, C. | Ball, John | Bass, Phileman | Bayless, Joseph | Beasly, Thomas | Bennett, Williams | Bishop, Williams | Black, Curtis | Black, James Sr. | Boyd, John | Bridges, James | Brooks, John | Brooks, Robert Sr. | Browning, Williams | Bowls, Andrew | Brenstatter, MIchael | Bush, John | Bybee, James | Carpenter, Samuel | Chambers, John | Chapman, Edmund | Cochran, Reuben | Coleman, Joseph | Condra, Williams | Conlee, Isaac | Crawford, Davis | Crenshaw, John | Crews, James | Crews, John | Davidson, Alexander | Dean, Alford | Dodd, Marshall | Downing, James | Dudley, Richardson | Dunham, Michael | Edwards, Alexander | Emmerson, Judith | Estes, Marshal | Fitzjerral, Williams | Friely, Christian | Gadbury, James | Galloway, James | Gentry, Samuel | Glazebrook, Richard | Godberry, Williams | Greer, Solomon | Grinstead, James | Grinstead, Jesse | Haley, Henry | Hall, Leonard Sr. | Hall, Levi | Hamilton, John | Hardwitch, James | Hardy, Thomas | Harminson, Wallace | Harris, Joseph | Harris, Josiah | Harris, Miles | Hawkins, John | Hays, James | Hays, Joseph | Hays, Thomas | Hind, Robert | Hindman, Robert | Holliday, John | Holt, Richardson | Howdershelt, Jacob | Hugh, Marshall Hutton, Thomas | James, James | James, Samuel | Jeffers, Daniel | Jewell, Charles | Jinkins, James | Johnston, John | Jones, James | Kelly, Samuel | Kerr, James | Kinslow, K. Kirkman, John | Lattimore, Francis | Leeper, Matthew | Lepenbury, David | Lewis, Williams | Logsdon, Thomas | Lowe, Isaac | Lowry, Williams | Ludlock, Joshua | Mackey, Thomas | Marshall, Hugh | Marshall, John | Marshall, Samuel and Mary | Martin, Nathan | Matthews, John Sr. | McGill, James | McMurry, John | McMurry, John and Mary | Montage, Clement | Moss, Edward | Mullinax, Richard | Murrell, J. | Owens, David | Patrick, Lewis | Peak, John | Peden, Francis | Pedigo, Henry | Pedigo, Levi | Pelham, Thomas | Pickett, Hannah | Piles, Richard | Polk, Moses | Pruitt, John | Pulliam, Benjamin | Ratliff, Williams | Ray, John | Renick, Samuel | Richardson, Dudley | Ritter, Abraham | Robinson, David | Robinson, Williams | Rock, John | Rockford, John | Rogers, Lewis | Ross, Williams | Ruckman, Isaac | Ryan, Major | Sandusky, Andrew | Saunders, Jesse | Scott, George | Scott, Joseph | Scott, Thomas | Settle, Joel | Settle, Williams | Shirley, James | Shirley, Robert | Smith, Amos | Smith, Isaac | Smith, Jeremiah | Smith, John | Smith, Williams | Speakman, Thomas | Springer, John | Stanton, D. | Staton, John | Stephens, James | Stockton, Daniel | Tedlock, James | Tedlock, guardians | Thacker, Benjamin | Tinsley, Isaac | Trotter, John | Tuter, Henry Sr. | Waggon, James | Waggoner, Richard | Walker, Andrew | Walker, David | Welborn, James | Welborn, Samuel | White, George | White, Henry | Wilbourn, Samuel | Williams, Benjamin | Williams, Daniel | Williams, James | Wilson, John | Winlock, Henry | Young, Reuben
Barren County wills, Estates, Inventories, Book No. 2, 1817 to 1829
Names of Testators: Anderson, Williams | Bain, Betty | Ball, Amy, widow | Ball, Mary | Barry, Joseph | Beard, Andrew | Bell, Robert W. | Bell, Williams | Berry, Joseph | Bishop, John | Black, Daniel | Black, Willis | Brockman, Ambrose | Broddy, Thomas | Brook, Henry | Bryant, James | Burks, John | Bush, George | Bybee, John | Cardin, Reubin Carpenter, Andrew | Carver, Williams | Chambers, John F. | Chism, James | Clark, Benjamin | Clark, Joseph | Clarke, Benjamin W. | Clayton, George | Clement, James | Cochran, Andrew | Cochran, Samuel | Codington, Joseph | Coe, Rebecca | Cook, Henry | Cox, Moses | Cox, Radford | Cox, Reuben | Crenshaw, Benjamin | Crenshaw, Thomas | Crenshaw, Thomas J. | Cummins, Samuel | Dale, Isaac | Dew, Elisha (case)| Dishman, Obadiah | Dodd, James | Dodd, John | Dodd, Marshall | Dougherty, Robert | Douglass, George | Duff, Nathaniel | Duke, Thomas | Dulane, Samuel | Duvall, Robert | Edmunds, James Sr. | Edwards, Alexander | Edwards, David | Evans, Thomas | Fields, Williams | Forester, Williams | Foster, Charles | Foster, John | Fox, John | Franklin, Williams F. | Freeman, Robert | Gentry, Samuel | Gibbins, Francis | Giddings, James | Gill, Edward | Gilleland, James | Glazebrooks, Richard | Glover, Judith | Goodall, James | Goodall, Peter | Goodall, John | Griggs, Daniel | Grubbs, John | Hagans, Samuel | Haley, H. B. | Hall, Michael Washington | Hardy, Benjamin | Harris, Miles Faris | Harrison, Reubin Sr. | Harvey, Joseph | Hayless, Joseph | Helman, John | Henderson, Joseph | Hill, Isaac | Hill, Robert R. | Hill, Robert | Hillburn, Williams | Hind, Robert | Hindman, Mary | Hind, Thomas | Hindman, Robert | Holders, Fielding | Holliday, J. A. | Holliday, John A. | Holman, John | Holms, Thomas | Holtzclaw, Henry | Howard, Williams | Hudson, Charles | Humphrey, John | Hunt, Robert | Hunt, Sarah | Hunt, S. | Jenkins, Jesse | Jessey, Jeremiah | Johns, Robert | Johnson, Sarah | Johnston, John | Johnson, Williams | Jolliff, James | Jones, Williams | Jordan, John | Jordin, Samuel | Jourdan, John B. | Kelly, Samuel Sr. | Kemmons, Washington | Kerr, James | King, Clement | Kinslow, Conrad | Kirtley, John | Lain, Thomas | Lamberth, Thomas | Lane, Robert | Lawless, Benjamin | Lawrence, Richard | Lee, Williams | Lepenbury, David | Logan, David | Lyons, John | Marshal, Hugh | Marshall, John | Martin, Elizabeth | Martin, Joseph | Massey, Philip | McClanshaw, Robert | McDaniel, J. | McDaniel, Jennings | McMurry, Samuel | McQuie, Alexander | Monroe, John | Montage, Clement | Morehead, John S. | Morehead, Turner | Munson, John | Newell, Williams | Newland, Isaac | Nichols, Joseph | Nowland, Ezekiel | Nunn, Williams | Nunnally, Josiah | Payne, Edmund | Peak, John | Peden, Francis | Pewett, John | Pointer, Williams | Pool, John | Porter, Mary Priest, Nathan | Pulliam, Benjamin | Ratliff, Williams | Ray, Robert | Read, Elizabeth | Read, James | Reed, Herman | Renick, Samuel | Robinson, James | Rodes, Clifton | Rodes, John | Ryles, Buford | Ryans, Major | Sampson, a free black man | Sampson, David Sr. | Sanders, John | Saunderson, John | Scofield, Cornelius | Scott, Samuel | Scott, Williams | Simpson, David | Skaggs, Richard | Skaggs, Williams | Slaton, John | Smith, A. | Smith, Hugh | Smith, Isaac | Smith, Jeremiah | Smith, John | Snoddy, Robert | Souther, Joseph | Staten, John | Stockton, Robert | Swearingin, Henry | Tadlock, James | Terryman, Williams | Thompson, John | Thompson, Paddy | Thompson, Waddy | Tindal, S. | Tinsdale, Samuel | Tinsley, Colesby | Tinsley, F. | Tinsley, Isaac | Tudor, Henry | Tugman, Williams | Turner, Dabney Vaughn, Thomas | Vinzant, Abraham | Waggoner, Richard | Waller, Christopher | Walters, Barnabas | Walters, George | Walton, Clabourn | Warren, David | Watson, Williams E. | Wheeler, Benjamin | Wheeler, Francis | Wheeler, James | Wheeler, John | White, Henry | White, Obadiah Willis, Joseph | Wilson, Elizabeth | Wilson, James | Wilson, Joshua | Young, Edward | Young, George | Young, James |
Barren County wills, Estates, Inventories, Book No. 3, 1828 to 1856
Names of Testators: Abbott, Williams | Adams, Williams | Akers, Abner | Bagby, John | Bailey, Cullen | Ballinger, Edward | Barber, Edward | Barlow, Robert T. | Barton, Abner | Barton, James | Beard, Elizabeth | Bell, Robert S. | Bell, Samuel | Bennett, James | Berry, George | Bethel, John | Beyies, John | Bird, Susannah | Bradshaw, Allen | Brandford, Thomas | Branstetter, MIchael | Browning, Williams | Bryan, Williams | Bullock, David | Burch, Stapleton | Bush, Isaac | Bush, W. | Button, Martin | Bybee, Jonathan | Bybee, Williams | Cage, Williams | Camp, Hankin | Camp, Mary Jane | Carter, George | Carter, Henry | Chapman, John | Clack, John | Clack, Susannah | Clark, Benjamin J. | Clark, Everard | Clark, Jonathan | Cole, John | Coleman, Francis | Coleman, Jordan | Cosby, John | Cousey, John | Cox, Moses | Craddock, Nathaniel | Crutcher, Edmund | Cummins, Edward V. | Curd, Alexander | Curd, Daniel | Davidson, Benjamin | Davis, Elijah | Davis, Hardin | Davison, Thomas | Dawson, Elijah | Day, Williams | Dearing, James | Depp, J. W. | Depp, Williams | Dewees, Cornelius | Dewees, Mary | Dickerson, Valentine | Dickey, Elisha | Dilly, Elizabeth | Dishman, Williams | Donan, David | Dority, Henry | Dougherty, Reuben | Douglass, Williams | Drane, Anthony | Duke, Cosby | Duke, George | Duff, Alice | Eaton, James | Edwards, Cader | Ellis, John | Emerson, Zachariah | Emery, Williams | Emmerson, Clemmet | Emory, James | Estes, Royal | Estes, Woodfolk | Eubanks, Joseph Sr. | Eubanks, Susannah | Farris, John T. | Faulkner, Alexander | Feland, Thomas | Feland, Williams | Ferrill, Ann | Forbes, James | Forrester, John | Foster, James | Foster, Lucy | Franklin, Reuben | Franks, Peter | Frazer, James | Freeman, Charles Y. | Frogget, Williams | Gardner, Thompson | Gardner, Williams | Garnett, John Sr. | Gash, Thomas | Gatewood, Robert | Gee, John S. | Gibson, Jacob | Gilliam, Cornelius | Gillock, Catharine | Gillock, Williams | Glover, Elizabeth | Glover, John | Graves, Barlett | Greer, Aquilla | Greer, Isaac | Haden, Benjamin | Haley, Williams | Hall, Williams W. | Harden, Joseph | Harding, Hezekiah | Harlow, Claborn | Harrison, Peggy | Hawk, John | Hays, Thomas | Helm, Sarah | Hendrick, Benjamin | Herren, Washington | Higdon, Joseph Sr. | Hinds, Willis | Hiser, John | Hogg, Reuben | Holman, Henry | Howser, Nicholas | Hudson, John | Huffman, Ambrose | Huffman, Birket | Huffman, Henry | Hughes, Absalom | Hunt, Abel | Hurdy, Elizabeth | Jameson, George Sr. | Jameson, John B. | Jewell, Jonathan | Johnson, Jane | Johnston, Hugh | Jones, James | Jones, S. | Junkin, James | Keller, Nathaniel | Kelly, Reuben | Kilgore, Williams B. | Landrum, Nelson | Lane, Garret | Lawless, Lucy | Lawrence, John P. | Lawrence, Sally | Lee, Samuel | Leeper, Weston | LeGrand, Lucy | Lewis, Francis | Lewis, Thomas | Lewis, Virginia | Logan, Williams Sr. | Lyon, Rebecca | Malone, Samuel | Malone, Wynn | Mansfield, Isaac | Marshall, Samuel | Martin, Edward | Martin, Elizabeth | Martin, George | Martin, Isaac | Martin, James W. | Martin, John | Martin, Nathan | Martin, Samuel | Martin, Williams | Matthews, Thomas J. | Mayfield, Nancy | McGee, Abel | McInteer, Williams | Middleton, Dicy | Miller, Robert | Mize, Albert | Mize, David | Moore, Abner | Moran, Elizabeth | Morris, Jesse | Morris, Nancy | Morris, Thomas | Morris, Williams | Moss, Josiah | Murrell, George | Murrell, Samuel Sr. | Musgrove, Henson | Norvell, Hugh | Oldham, Elizabeth | Owen, John | Pace, Williams J. Pages, George W. | Pain, Marcus | Palmer, Philip | Parker, Elizabeth | Parker, John | Parrish, Andrew | Parrish, Elizabeth Duke | Payne, Benjamin | Payne, Reuben | Payne, Rhoda | Peden, Moses | Pemberton, Charles | Pennel, Isaac | Petty, Elizabeth | Petty, Ralph | Pinkley, M. | Piper, Robert | Podigo, Williams | Pollard, Richard F. | Poynter, Williams Sr. | Ralston, John | Ralston, Joseph | Ralston, Sarah | Read, Joseph | Renfro, John | Reynolds, Williams B. | Rice, J. A. | Richardson, George | Roberts, Thomas | Roberts, Will | Rodgers, John R. | Rogers, Edmund | Rogers, Williams | Rountree, Mary | Russel, James | Sampler, Matthew | Sartain, Joel | Shirley, Mary | Shirley, Richard | Shockly, David | Smith, Barnet | Smith, Frederick | Smith, Payton | Smith, Williams | Snead, Billy | Snoddy, Daniel | Snoddy, Jeptha Snoddy, John | Starr, A. A. | Statesworth, Jesse | Stockton, James P. | Sturt, Robert | Terry, Bennett | Thompson, David | Thompson, Jane | Tibbs, John | Tompkins, John | Tribble, Jeremiah | Trout, Alexander | Tracy, Erasmus | Tracy, Isaac | Tuckett, Samuel | Tuder, Absalom | Tuder, Henry | Tuder, Joel | Tuder, Williams W. | Twyman, John | Twyman, Williams | Wade, Elizabeth | Wade, Henry G. | Wade, James S. | Wade, Obadiah | Wade, T. W. | Warden, Henry | Warden, Joseph | Warren, David | Waters, Philemon | Watson, John M. | Watts, Elizabeth | Wheeler, Micajah | Whittow, Pleasant | Wilcoxson, George | Wilkinson, Williams | Will, Jerusha | Williams, Francis M. | Williams, George | Williams, James | Williams, Spencer | Willis, George B. | Wilson, Sebert | Witt, Charles | Witty, Ezekiel | Wood, B. | Wyatt, John | Yates, George | Young, P. V.
Barren County wills, Estates, Inventories, Book No. 4, 1856 to 1884
Names of Testators: Blankenship, Elijah | Cardin, James | Cardin, Miranda | Clark, Patsey | Crutcher, H. | Dalton, Jesse | Davidson, C. | Davis, Jane | Dickinson, Joel | Douglass, Samuel | Emerson, John C. | Everett, Jesse | Forbis, John | Forbis, Sally | Green, Elizabeth | Greer, Fleming | Harbison, Adam | Harbison, Samuel W. | Hatchett, Archibald | Hop, John V. | King, James | Kinslow, Reuben | Leeper, S. W. | Level, Benjamin | Marr, John | Munford, Martha | Nuckols, Andrew | Nuckols, James A. | Pace, Sanford | Peden, Thompson | Perkins, David | Robinson, James | Robinson, Sally | Settle, F. | Tompkins, Christopher | Whitlow, Polly | Wilson, Devastus | Wood, James | Wood, Williams J. | Young, Martha
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Kentuckians loved their fairs and markets. But it was the auctioneer who originated stock sales on the open square on market-day. Kentucky had its county court days which included legal business at the court house followed by fairs and markets and country gentlemen, wearing their broad-brimmed straw hats, would attend and enjoy socializing with his neighbors. When the prosperous Kentucky farmer arose from his bed each morning, he walked out into the porch, stretched himself, and looked at the sun while he awaited breakfast. On the prescribed county court day, his wife also wished to attend, as well as the children. So away they went, the farmer on horseback or in the family carriage. There were many carriages along the roadway, all going to the fair.
By Jeannette Holland Austin
Mammoth Cave was discovered about 4,000 years ago and is an underground system which extends for more than 300 miles. It encompasses four Kentucky counties and is open to the public.
The Precious Freedoms Won by Our Ancestors
By Jeannette Holland Austin (profile)
Freedom is a precious heritage won by our Ancestors! But do we really know ourselves? The clues lie within our own DNA. Because, you see, we are a composite of those who lived before us. The way that we think, our appearance, spiritual beliefs and inclinations, all of this is a DNA assemblage of the puzzle of us. To learn some answers about ourselves we must look into the past. Yes, into the lives of those who brought us to this time and place. Discovering our roots is not only fun, but surprisingly delightful. The lineage doubles every generation (into the past), which makes for an unlimited resource of ancestors who were part of the histories which we study today. For example, it is easy to trace the lineage back to a Revolutionary War Soldier. Gosh! The pension itself is loaded with information about the battles they fought and famous officers they served with. You just do not realize this great value, until you read the pension. Then, there are the Civil War Pensions. Of course, the old wills, estates, deeds, tax digests really open the puzzle to a wonderfully new perspective. The old script used is beautifully executed with a quill and India ink. Some of these documents are simply worth framing!
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