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Historical Markers in Hancock County, Kentucky

 
Clickable Map of Hancock County, Kentucky and Immediately Adjacent Jurisdictions image/svg+xml 2019-10-06 U.S. Census Bureau, Abe.suleiman; Lokal_Profil; HMdb.org; J.J.Prats/dc:title> https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Usa_counties_large.svg Hancock County, KY (12) Breckinridge County, KY (17) Daviess County, KY (40) Ohio County, KY (27) Perry County, IN (15) Spencer County, IN (56)  HancockCounty(12) Hancock County (12)  BreckinridgeCounty(17) Breckinridge County (17)  DaviessCounty(40) Daviess County (40)  OhioCounty(27) Ohio County (27)  PerryCountyIndiana(15) Perry County (15)  SpencerCounty(56) Spencer County (56)
Hawesville is the county seat for Hancock County
Adjacent to Hancock County, Kentucky
      Breckinridge County (17)  
      Daviess County (40)  
      Ohio County (27)  
      Perry County, Indiana (15)  
      Spencer County, Indiana (56)  
 
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1Kentucky, Hancock County, Hawesville — 1756 — Captain John W. Cannon
Below is view of the river bottom land where John Cannon, riverboat captain and builder of fine steamboats for lower Mississippi trade, was born in l820. By 1840 this skilled pilot began his career as steamboat entrepreneur. He built and piloted . . . Map (db m160229) HM
2Kentucky, Hancock County, Hawesville — 2097 — Captain William Davison / Steamboat Disaster
Captain William Davison Confederate Captain William Davison is buried here. He died March 7, 1865, from a gunshot wound suffered in a firefight with Union Home Guard, February 24, 1865, near Patesville during the Civil War. Davison led a . . . Map (db m160225) HM
3Kentucky, Hancock County, Hawesville — 762 — County Named - 1829
For John Hancock, 1737-93. Patriot, statesman and soldier. President of Continental Congress, 1775-77, and bold first signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mayor-general of Mass. militia in Revolutionary War, member of the Mass. Constitutional . . . Map (db m119794) HM
4Kentucky, Hancock County, Hawesville — 1678 — First Court Proceedings
Site of Hancock's first county court, 300 yds. south, held in home of James Dupey, Mar. 1829. The two-story log structure also scene of first circuit court, in April. Samuel C. Jennings appointed clerk; John Sterett, sheriff. County seat was to be . . . Map (db m160233) HM
5Kentucky, Hancock County, Hawesville — 1738 — Hawesville
Hancock County and Hawesville were created by Ky. law Jan. 3. 1829. County seat was named for Richard Hawes who donated land for town. His son, Richard Jr., became Confederate governor of Kentucky, 1862. Hancock's first cannel coal produced . . . Map (db m160228) HM
6Kentucky, Hancock County, Hawesville — 1856 — Hawesville Railroad Station
(side 1) Rails of Louisville, St. Louis, and Texas Railroad laid here June 9, 1888. First passenger train ran between Owensboro and Stephensport Oct. 7, 1888. Service between Evansville and Louisville began in April 1889. Rail line . . . Map (db m119799) HM
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7Kentucky, Hancock County, Hawesville — 2078 — Home of Robert C. Beauchamp / Early Plantation in County
Home of Robert C. Beauchamp Robert Costain Beauchamp (1800-1884) was a farmer and businessman who served Hancock County in the state legislature from 1867-71. He eventually owned 5,000 acres of land in this county. Beauchamp was one of the . . . Map (db m160223) HM
8Kentucky, Hancock County, Hawesville — 2039 — Town of Patesville
Crossroads was site of 19th-century town of Patesville. It was named for William Pate, who bought land and operated an inn about two miles east of here. A post office established, 1813. During Civil War, area was site of a gun battle pitting CSA . . . Map (db m160239) HM
9Kentucky, Hancock County, Lewisport — 1789 — Founding of Lewisport
Formerly called Little Yellow Banks, town was renamed Lewisport in 1839 in honor of John Lewis, one of the first permanent settlers in area. He was an early surveyor of land between Salt and Green rivers. Original town plat drafted by James and John . . . Map (db m160213) HM
10Kentucky, Hancock County, Lewisport — 667 — Lincoln Acquitted
Abraham Lincoln, 16th president of United States, won his first law case here, 1827. Charged by the Commonwealth of Kentucky with operating ferry without license; Lincoln pleaded his own case in trial at the home of presiding Justice of the Peace, . . . Map (db m160222) HM
11Kentucky, Hancock County, Lewisport — 1935 — Site of Front Street / Union Steamboat Captured
Site of Front Street Lewisport's first business district was along river on Front St. First permanent store built by Joseph C. Pell, 1841; his was only structure standing on Front St. after 1849 fire. Another early merchant was I. B. Hayden. . . . Map (db m160214) HM
12Kentucky, Hancock County, Pellville — 1993 — Pellville
Settlement of Pellville, originally called Bucksnort, began on the Hardinsburg-Owensboro Trail. The first post office established 1851 under name of Blackford, changed to Pellville 1868 in honor of Samuel P. Pell, state legislator (1855-1856) and . . . Map (db m160237) HM
 
 
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Jan. 27, 2023