The Reeves Family and the Ewing Family Genealogies




Barren County, Kentucky



Created on December 20, 1798, from parts of Warren and Green counties, it was named for the barrens, the meadowlands that covers the northern third of the county. 

Some of the first explorers were the Long Hunters led by Henry Skaggs, who camped on Beaver Creek in 1769.  Many pioneers traveled the Cumberland Trace, which passed through the northern part of the county, connected with Daniel Boone's Wilderness Road at Hazel Patch, and went on to Lexington and Limestone (now Maysville).


Many of the early settlers were Revolutionary War veterans who received grants of land south of the Green River reserved for that purpose by Virginia.  Seventy percent of the original settlers came from Virginia; more than 80 percent of the early settlers were English, Scottish, Welsh or Irish in background.


The county seat was named Glasgow which was named for Glasgow, Virginia in Amherst County where many of the early settlers came from, and to honor the early Scottish settlers.


Stage lines later linked the area to Nashville, Louisville, and Lexington.  A well-known stage line of the last half of the nineteenth century ran from Park City through Glasgow to Burkesville.


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Copyright Brian Reeves, 2005 2007.