Formed in 1786 from Fayette County, Bourbon County was named for the royal family of France who aided the colonies in the War of Independence. Bourbon was one of nine Virginia counties formed before Kentucky became a state in 1792. Twenty-four new counties and parts of ten other new counties were formed from its original area. The first courthouse was in 1787 in Hopewell (renamed Paris).
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• Are you a descendant of John and Mary Moore Clark? Do you know anything about the cemetery where we believe John and Mary Clark are buried?
The Bourbon Co. African American records formerly posted here, have been moved to the Kentucky African American Griots KYGenWeb site. The new site seeks to centralize African American records in Kentucky and is part of KYGenWeb Special Collection's Project. Please visit this site and support this effort by donating material.
This special KyGenWeb project gathers names of residents of Eastern State Hospital, formerly the Eastern State Lunatic Asylum, there prior to 1956. The hospital cemetery may hold up to 10,000 unmarked graves. Before the registration of deaths in 1911, records are extremely difficult to find.