Hometown Tuesday ~ Glasgow, Barren Co, Kentucky

hometown tuesdayThe city of Glasgow, Barren Co, Kentucky was established by the state assembly in 1799. That same year, the community was selected as the seat of a new county, owing to its central location, its large springs, native John Gorin’s donation of 50 acres for public buildings, and it’s being named for the Scottish hometown of the father of  William Logan who was one of the two commissioners charged with selecting the county seat. A post office was established in 1803, and the town received its city rights in 1809.

1804 Map Kentucky

 Settlers began entering Kentucky in 1763 in defiance of a royal proclamation which forbade settlement west of the Appalachians. Daniel Boone first came to the area in 1767. He returned in 1768 and spent 2 years here surveying the land. In 1775 Boone blazed the Wilderness Road from Tennessee into the Kentucky region. In 1792 the commonwealth of Kentucky was admitted into the Union as the first state west of the Appalachians.

Salt furnaces 1800s

 This land was level and the soil was very rich in minerals. This made it easy for crops such as tobacco, corn, wheat, rye, and oats to grow. There were lots of springs in the area and plenty of timber. Because of the larger creeks, saw and grist mills were erected in abundance. There were three salt furnaces in operation in the county, making from thirty to forty bushels of salt each per day. A salt furnace was a simple form of furnace used for heating the evaporating-pans and boilers in a salt-factory.

Barren County Sign glasglow

 My 5x Great Grandfather, Dr. Joseph Warder Sr (1752-1832), his wife Esther Ford Warder (1755-1816) and 9 of their 11 children moved to Glasgow in 1805. Two of their sons, Walter and William had already settled in the town in 1799. Both brothers were ordained, Baptist preachers. The townspeople were very excited to have a doctor in town as they had to travel many miles to get care. Joseph Sr had served in the Maryland Militia during the Revolutionary War as a doctor. He and Esther moved to Fauquier County, Virginia in 1774. Here all of their children were born. By the end of his life, Joseph stated that he considered Glasgow as his only home.


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