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The Growth of Virginia, 1634-1895:
Just prior to the outbreak of the American Revolution, the last governors appointed to serve in Virginia were supporting the opening of new western lands and the formation of new counties there. One immense county, named Fincastle for the title of Lord Dunmore's son, was created in 1772. It encompassed all the trans-Allegheny lands claimed by Virginia. With the outbreak of revolution, Fincastle was immediately dismembered and the Kentucky country beyond the Alleghant Front was organized into a new county.
Kentucky County was too large to control or monitor. the government in Richmond was unable to do much to aid the pioneers there against the Indian allies of the British, so by the late 1770s agitation had begun for the institution of more local governmental units. Kentucky was replaced in 1780 by three smaller but still quite large units.
1777 - Kentucky (Fincastle)
Fincastle, formed in 1772, is dismembered; all lands west of the Cumberland Mountains became Kentucky County.
1780 - Fayette (Kentucky)
1780 - Jefferson (Kentucky)
1780 - Lincoln (Kentucky)
Go to Kentucky map, 1781-1790
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[adapted from Michael Doran, Atlas of County Boundary Changes in Virginia, 1634-1895], available under General References
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