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COUNTY HISTORY


Bracken County was organized as Kentucky's 23rd county in 1797 from parts of Mason and Campbell counties. It is named in honor of William Bracken, an early pioneer and surveyor, who first came to the area in 1773, then settled here. He met his death at an early day at the hands of the Indians.



The original county was composed of all the way to southern Nicholas County, north to the Ohio River, west to the Licking River and east to Dover, Kentucky.


Several early settlers were veterans of the American Revolutionary War among them was Capt. Abner Howell, who came from Pennsylvania with his family. He died in Bracken County in 1797.

Bracken County played a major role in Underground Railroad. There are several Underground Railroad Sites in the Augusta, KY area.

Bracken County's economy was largely agricultural; its chief crops before the American Civil War were tobacco and corn. White burley tobacco, a light, adaptable leaf that revolutionized the industry, was first produced in 1867 from Bracken County seed

The county government moved from Augusta to Woodward's Crossing (now Brooksville) in 1833. Some records were lost in a fire on 20 Apr 1848
[Source: wikipedia.org]

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Death Notices; 1827 Chancery Notice; 1890 Veteran Census (Berlin Precinct); Korean War Casualties; World War II Casualties;

 

SURROUNDING COUNTIES

* Clermont County, Ohio (north across the Ohio River)
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Brown County, Ohio (northeast across the Ohio River)
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Mason County (east)
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Robertson County (south)
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Harrison County (southwest)
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Pendleton County (west)


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