Kentucky Genealogy and History

Menifee County Kentucky


Menifee County as an independent organizsation dates only to 1889,
and was the one hundred and thirteenth county in the State.
It was made up of clippings from Montgomory, Bath. Wolf Morgan and Powell Counties,
and is situated in the eastern part of the State.
It is bounded on the north by Bath and Rowan Counties, on the east by Morgan,
on the south by Wolf and Powell, on the west by Powell and Montgomery,
and in 1880 it bad 8,755 inhabitants. Is is watered by the Licking and Red Rivers,
and by State, Blackwater and Beaver Creeks. The land is hilly and mountainous and mostly poor,
except the river and creek bottoms, which are rich, and produce tobacco, corn, oats
and wheat in large quantities. Rich deposits of coal and iron ore abound,
and the county is well timbered.
Frenchburg, the seat of justice, is a small place of 143 inhabitants by the last census,
and was named in honor of Judge Richard French, a popular politician in his day.
The town is situated on the State road from Mt. Sterling to Pound Gap,
a little north of the center of the county. It has the usual public buildings,
churches, schools, business, etc.
Rebelville and Millville are small villages in the county.
Menifee County was named in honor of Richard H. Menefee. It is one of those counties,
the name of which is spelled differently from the name of the man it was designed to honor,
the county being spelled Menifee and the other Menefee.
Mr. Menefee was born in Bath County in 1810. His facilities for instruction were limited,
but by energy and perseverance be succeeded in obtaining a good education.
He studied law, was admitted to the bar and soon secured a lucrative practice.
He was elected to the Legislature and served several terms, and when twenty seven years old
was elected to Congress. He served but one term, and died at the early ago of thirty-one years:
A few years before his death he located at Lexington, then renowned for the brilliancy of its bar;
he was rapidly amassing a fortune, when death out short his career.
Kentucky; A history of the State (Seventh edition) 1887
Transcribed by J Mike Kell



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