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Owen County, Kentucky



The land of Owen County was originally in Virginia, then Fayette County, then Woodford County, then Franklin County, and a part of that went north with the creation of Gallatin County, only to be returned when Owen was finally formed in 1819. A pioneer from North Carolina who settled in New Liberty could have been a Virginian, and then a land owner in Fayette, Woodford, Franklin, Gallatin, and Owen Counties and never moved! While some minor boundary movement occurred after the 1819 formation in the Keefer to Corinth areas, Owen County's map has remained relatively the same since 1876.

Courthouse Owen County is located in the Outer Bluegrass (Northern Brush) region of the state and named for Colonel Abraham Owen (soldier, member of the constitution, aide-de-camp to General Harrison at the Battle of Tippecanoe where he was killed on November 7, 1811). The elevations of the county range from 425 to 1000 feet above sea level. In 1998 the county population was 10,264 (down from the 17,500 tops of 1880-1900) in a land area of 352 square miles, an average of 29 people per square mile. The current population is about the same as the average of 1840-50. The county seat is Owenton.

Owen County is bounded on the west by the Kentucky River and to the north by Eagle Creek. The other borders are not naturally defined. The county has always been agrarian with only limited bottomlands and some table areas. Generally, wrestling with the land has been a struggle since pioneer days. Hills, pasture, and woodlands comprise the majority acreage. Only in the past 20 years, and especially the last 10, has Owen County begun a strong move forward with increasing construction of new and destruction of old. Genealogists have a passing opportunity in Owen County to see the land pretty much as it was a century ago. But time, acid rain on marble tombstones, the heartless, and the careless are quickly erasing a partially recorded legacy. We must hurry.

Dedicated to the Memory of Eugene Young

April 5, 1939 - February 3, 2002


  • GenForum Board
  • Rootsweb/Ancestry Board
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    Owen County Surname Researcher List


    Owen County Cemeteries
    Owen County War Veterans


    Owen County folks available for Lookups
    Owen County related homepages
    Owen County Marriages, 1819 - 1842
    Bible Records, Owen County Families
    Owen County Surname List - 1850
    Owen County Wills - submitted
    Owen County Public Library & Historical Society
    Some Kentucky Cemetery Laws
    Owen Co. Death Certificates: 1914/1915
    19th Century Thumbnail Biographies


    Obituaries for: 1997 - 2002, 2003.
    Owen Archival Obituaries: 1800-1899 & 1900-1996


    West Owenton One-Room School House & Students
    Trio of Brothers
    J.R. & Julia Raisor grouping



    Cemetery Work: In The Flood Plain
    The Hoppers of Owen County in the Civil War

    Click for Owenton, Kentucky Forecast


    Directory of Kentucky Libraries
    Owen County's USGenWeb Archives
    Abraham Owen Smoot Diary Summary, 1836-1846
    Interesting Owen County Slave information
    KY Vital Records (VERY Useful)
    Rootsweb's KY Death Records (thru 2000)
    KY GENWEB's Master County Index
    WORLD GENWEB's English page.
    Gene Stark's GenWeb Name Index


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    Owen County Road Map
    TopoZone Mapping Service
    Tiger Map Service
    Kentucky Atlas link to Owenton

    The Counties that Ring-Around Owen

    Carroll County, Kentucky Gallatin County, Kentucky Grant County, Kentucky
    Henry County, Kentucky Franklin County, Kentucky Scott County, Kentucky

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    County coordinator is George C. Willick at gwillick@seidata.com.


    As a boy (WWII to Korea), I spent summer days at my grandparent's farm in Owen County. Usually the trip was by Greyhound bus and the last stop was Warsaw. There I would be met by a tall man, wearing a straw hat and bib overalls, who would load me and my bag into a Model T. We'd take a long, jerky ride to Glencoe, cross the then-busy railroad tracks, south passed Poland's store, onto a steel bridge with the scariest wood planking I've ever seen. Then west down a long lane into Eagle Creek bottom, across two washes only a Model T and a mule drawn wagon could cross. I would strain for the sight of the two story, red brick farm house with lots of "presses" and dogs and chickens galore. No electricity. No running water. No bathroom. No telephone. An ICE box, rain barrels, feather beds, coal oil lamps, and evenings laying in the grass watching the stars and talking. Two old people who had weathered pioneer Oklahoma and returned, raised their eight children into the Great Depression and World War, and cried more than they would ever let me know. So now, everything I do here, is for them. I wish they knew.

    You can reach me snail-mail at:
    George C Willick
    Owen County KY Coordinator
    514 East Street, Madison, IN 47250