Place:Lee, Kentucky, United States

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Lee County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,887. Its county seat is Beattyville. The county was formed in 1870 from parts of Breathitt, Estill, Owsley and Wolfe counties.

It was named for Robert E. Lee.

The town of Proctor, named for the Reverend Joseph Proctor, was the first county seat.[1] The first court was held on April 25, 1870 in the Old Howerton House. The local economy at the time included coal mining, salt gathering, timber operations, and various commercial operations. It featured a post office from 1843 until 1918.

The current county seat, Beattyville, was first known as Taylor's Landing.[1] It was renamed to Beatty in 1850 after early settler Samuel Beatty. The town incorporated in 1872 as Beattyville and became the new county seat due to its location along the Kentucky River.

Although Lee County contained taverns in the 19th century, it is currently a prohibition or dry county.

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Timeline

Date Event Source
1870 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1870 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1870 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1870 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1874 Birth records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources

Population History

source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
Census Year Population
1870 3,055
1880 4,254
1890 6,205
1900 7,988
1910 9,531
1920 11,918
1930 9,729
1940 10,860
1950 8,739
1960 7,420
1970 6,587
1980 7,754
1990 7,422

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External links

www.usgennet.org/usa/ky/county/lee/index.html


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