In the Beginning, Part of Virginia

All the present State of Kentucky, one hundred years ago, was a part of a single county of Old Virginia, named Fincastle. In 1776 this matronly old county of Fincastle, that enclosed within her boundry lines the territory upon which States were destined to be formed, was extinguished by the division of that territory into three counties, Washington, Montgomery and Kentucky.

In 1780, the county of Kentucky was subdivided into three divisions, each taking the name of a county, Jefferson, Lincoln and Fayette. In June, 1792, this territory was formed into a State, having been previously further subdivided into counties. So that while the territory of Kentucky was a part of the State of Virginia, what is not Grant county was first a part of Fincastle county, formed 1772; then a part of Kentucky county formed 1776; then a part of Fayette county formed 1780; then a part of Woodford County formed 1789. Before another change was made Kentucky was admitted into the Union as a State, and in September, 1792, the territory of Grant became a part of Scott county, of the State of Kentucky. Then a part of Bracken and Campbell counties, the latter formed 1794; then a part of Pendleton county, formed in 1798, in which latter connection it remained for twenty-two years.

Thus it appears that Grant county is the child of many foster mothers. But the time came at last when she attained her majority, so to speak; not with the secret, shrinking reluctance of the maiden, who sees the last roseate summer of her blushing teens receding from her, but with all the gushing, animating pride of the ambitious youth, who counts the last minutes of the last hour that free him from parental restraint and allow him to go forth in the world and manage his own concerns.