History of Logan County
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 Act of the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky creating Logan County read:
An ACT for dividing the county of Lincoln. Approved June 28, 1792
BE it enacted by the General Assembly that from and after the first day of September next, The County of Lincoln shall be divided into two Distinct Counties that is to say all that part of the said County including the following bounds to wit: Beginning at the Elk Lick on Little Barren River, thence a South course to the North Carolina line, thence along the said line to the Mississippi, thence up the same to the mouth of Ohio and up the same to the mouth of Green River, thence up the same to the mouth of Little Barren River thence up the same to the Beginning shall be one distinct County and called and known by the name of Logan and all the residue of the said county shall retain the name of Lincoln.
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 - 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. More information can be found here.
The Acts of the Commonwealth of Kentucky providing for the creation and later divisions of Logan County:
[For Kentucky Secretary of State Land Office Division links, enter the name of the county in the "Search For" box, middle of left column. For Google Book links: use Ctrl + F and enter "Logan" into the search box without the quotes. Use the down arrow until you locate the specific act.]