Welcome to Shelby County, KY
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UPDATES: John P. Jones & George Nuckols Guthrie Bios; 1846 Barsfield Death Notice;
Founded in 1792
Its name is in honor of Isaac Shelby, the first Governor of Kentucky.
Its county seat is Shelbyville
Shelby County Courthouse
501 Main St. Shelbyville, Ky. 40065
Cities and Communties
Bagdad - Chesnut Grove -
Christianburg - Clark
Clay Village - Cropper - Finchville - Harrisonville -
Hemp Ridge - Hooper - Mt. Eden - Mulberry -
Olive Branch - Peytona - Pleasureville - Scotts Station -
Shelbyville - Simpsonville - Southville -
Todds Point - Waddy
One of the first families to settle in Shelby
County was the Daniel Ketcham family of
Washington County, Maryland who settled in 1784.
Daniel Ketcham was a soldier during the American
Revolution. The Ketchams had 9 children. John
Ketcham, Daniel's eldest son, would eventually
move to Indiana and become involved in politics
and in laying the groundwork for the founding of
Another family was the Thomas Mitchell family who moved to Shelby County in 1784. Thomas Mitchell was born on December 16, 1777 a native of Augusta County, Virginia. He married Rebecca Ketcham, daughter of Daniel Ketcham. The couple then settled near the headwaters of South Fork Clear Creek (or Mulberry Creek). Mitchell was commissioned an ensign in the 18th Regiment of Militia and on January 4, 1801, Governor James Garrard commissioned him as captain in the 18th Regiment. Thomas Mitchell became a minister of the Methodist Church and served in the War of 1812
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