History

Logan County Courthouse

The area that became Logan County was originally known as "Rogue's Harbor." This was where the "outlaws-of-the-outlaws" came to hide. Logan was formed on 01 September 1792 from the west portion of Lincoln County, Kentucky, in honor of Col. Benjamin Logan, a Virginia native who was a pioneer, politician, and soldier of the American Revolution.

The northeast border of Logan County, upon creation, was the Green River. For this reason, "land south of the Green River" as mentioned in countless military land warrants for service rendered by Virginians during the Revolutionary War, was laid aside to fill those warrants. These are included in Willard Rouse Jilson's Kentucky Land Grants pages 256 through 442. Obtaining a patent was a multi-step process that did not always result in a governor's grant being issued. If you locate information on an ancestor's possible land grant, check with the Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office Division for confirmation and copies of the original papers issued.

The greater majority of Kentucky settlers originated in Virginia, although some arrived from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and other states. In 1860, almost 229,000 free Kentucky native-born individuals had relocated to Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois before migrating further west. This mass westward migration of Kentuckians earned the Commonwealth the title of "Mother of Western States."

Many of the county's historic houses or contributions to the nation's history are honored with plaques through the Kentucky Historical Society's Historical Marker program. View more information.

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The Acts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky provided for the creation and later divisions of Logan County:

  • 01 September 1792 - Ky. Acts 1792, 1st assy., 1st sess., ch. 12, sec. 1, pp. 19-20 (Logan created)
  • 01 March 1797 - Ky. Acts 1796-1797, 5th assy., 1st sess., sec. 1, pp. 9-10 (Creation of Warren)
  • 01 March 1797 - Ky. Acts 1796-1797, 5th assy., 1st sess., sec. 1, pp. 13-14 (Creation of Christian)
  • 06 February 1798 - Ky. Acts 1798, 6th assy., 2d sess., ch. 33, pp. 55-56; Ky. Acts 1798-1799, 7th assy., ch. 5, sec. 1, p. 10 (Boundary between Logan and Warren clarified)
  • 15 May 1799 - Ky. Acts 1798-1799, 7th assy., ch. 65, sec. 1, pp. 128-130 (Creation of Muhlenberg)
  • 01 May 1810 - Ky. Acts 1809-1810, 18th assy., ch. 119, sec. 1, pp. 44-47 (Creation of Butler)
  • 29 December 1813 -Ky. Acts 1813-1814, 22d assy., ch. 102, sec. 1, pp. 129-130 (to Butler)
  • 01 April 1819 -Ky. Acts 1818-1819, 27th assy., ch. 342, sec. 1, pp. 633-637 (Creation of Simpson)
  • 01 April 1820 -Ky. Acts 1819-1820, 28th assy., ch. 460, sec. 1, pp. 817-819 (Creation of Todd)
  • 01 February 1822 -Ky. Acts 1821, 30th assy., 1st sess., ch. 246, sec. 1, pp. 306-307 (to Todd)
  • 01 February 1823 -Ky. Acts 1822, 31st assy., ch. 461, sec. 1, pp. 148-149 (Exchanged with Todd)
  • 14 January 1869 -Ky. Acts 1869, January adj. sess., ch. 1241, sec. 1, pp. 2-3 (Lost to Simpson)
  • 22 January 1872 - Ky. Acts 1875-1876, vol. 1, ch. 20, sec. 1, p. 202 (wording of boundary change corrected)

For an interactive map showing the boundary changes, visit Maps of Kentucky. For additional information on Kentucky Land Records, visit the Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office Division.