Old County Settlements

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Old County Settlements


This is a listing of early settlement and preemption warrants in Kentucky County, Virginia. As there were very few boundary markers in place and even fewer towns and settlements in the period of 1795-1810, the local watercourses were common ways of identifying the location of land claims. Obscure Virginia land claim references (claim books in Virginia) also are used to identify claims. Recall that Madison County comprised a much broader expanse of territory during the post revolutionary period.

Gazetteer of Early Kentucky locations (Madison County)

Ashton’s Station (also known as Estill’s Station) in Madison County.

Boone’s Mill Seat (about two miles below Locust Bend of Silver Creek) Madison County.

Boone’s Station (also known as Col. Daniel Boone’s Station) about five miles NW of Boonesboro, Madison County.

Boone’s Station (also known as Squire Boone’s Station), Shelby County.

Boonesboro (often spelled Boonesborough) established by Daniel Boone and the Transylvania Company, Madison County.

Boon’s Creek (also known as Boone’s Creek) in Fayette and Clark Counties.

Boon’s Mill Creek (also known as Boone’s Mill Creek), Madison County.

Bull Lick (at Silver Creek) Madison County.

Calloway Creek Madison County.

Clover Bottom Lick (see VA 4364.0), Madison County.

Downing Creek (also called Drowning Creek) in Madison and Estill Counties.

Dreaming Creek (a branch on the Middle Fork of Otter Creek - see PW 200), Madison County.

Elk Garden Creek, Madison County.

Estill’s Station (also known as Ashton’s Station) three miles south of Richmond on Muddy Creek, Madison County.

Fort Boonesboro (also spelled Fort Boonesborough, established by Daniel Boone in 1775), Madison County.

Hancock Taylor’s Grave, Madison County.

Hart’s Fork of Silver Creek (also called Nathaniel Hart’s Fork), Madison County.

Holder’s Station (named for Capt. John Holder), Madison County.

Hoy’s Station, Madison County.

Irvine’s Station (also known as Col. William Irvine and Capt. Christopher Irvine’s Station) near Richmond, Madison County.

Louisa River (around 1750 Dr. Thomas Walker called what is now the Kentucky River the Louisa River – its name later changed to the Kentucky).

Little Fort (also known as Tweety’s Fort), Madison County.

Locust Bend of Silver Creek (also called Locust Bend), Madison County.

Locust Thicket Fort (possibly the Little Fort), Madison County.

Lost Fork of Otter Creek (also known as Knockbuckle), see “Lincoln Entry” for Caleb Calloway, Madison County.

Marble Creek station, seven miles from Boonesborough, Madison County.

Otter Creek, Madison County.

Stock Fields (also called Stockfields), see PW 217, Madison County.

Sugar Loaf Lick in Madison and Lincoln Counties.

Tate Creek (also called Tate’s Creek) in Madison, Jessamine and Fayette Counties.

White Oak Springs (also known as Hart’s Station), Madison County.

Woods Station, Madison County.

Woodstock (also known as John Floyd’s Tract or Floyd’s Tract), see PW 305, eight miles NW of Boonesboro, Madison County.

Little Muddy Creek and Otter Creek, one mile from the little fort known as “Locust Thicket.”

These then were the settlements in our county some 200 years ago. Some locations are still recognizable, other names continue on in new forms and some are lost in the past. Thanks to Jasper Castle for researching this material.


Dr. Fred Engle




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Dr. Fred Engle, “Old County Settlements,” Madison's Heritage Online, accessed June 15, 2024, https://madisonsheritage.eku.edu/items/show/1844.