Place:Marshall, Kentucky, United States

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NameMarshall
Alt namesMarshallsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
TypeCounty
Coordinates36.867°N 88.35°W
Located inKentucky, United States     (1842 - )
See alsoCalloway, Kentucky, United StatesParent county (source: Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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Marshall County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of the 2010 census, the population was 31,448. Its county seat is Benton. It was a dry county until July 28, 2015, when residents voted for the county to go "wet". It is the only Purchase Area county not to border another state; a narrow strip of land in neighboring Livingston County separates Marshall County from the Ohio River and the Illinois border.

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History

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Marshall County was created by the Kentucky legislature in 1842 from the northern half of Calloway County. The first settlers arrived in about 1818, shortly after the area was bought from the Chickasaw Indians as part of the Jackson Purchase by Gen. Andrew Jackson and Kentucky Gov. Isaac Shelby. The Chickasaws then were forced to move to new lands west of the Mississippi River. Marshall County was named in honor of Chief Justice John Marshall, who died in 1835. Like most of the Jackson Purchase, Marshall County was strongly pro-Confederate during the American Civil War, with many local men serving in the famous Kentucky Orphan Brigade. On March 23, 1864, detachments of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest's Confederate cavalry clashed with Union cavalry near Benton, with each side scouring the countryside for needed cavalry remounts. A state historical marker stands at the site.


From its settlement until the 1930s, Marshall County was almost completely agricultural. In the 1940s, however, the Tennessee Valley Authority created Kentucky Lake, which brought tourism to the county with lakeshore resorts. Kentucky Dam's cheap and plentiful electricity also attracted chemical and manufacturing plants, mainly in the Calvert City area. The lake's impoundment destroyed two historic Marshall County towns: Birmingham, six miles north of Fairdealing, and Gilbertsville, at the dam's site. Gilbertsville was relocated west of its original location, but Birmingham residents had to find new homes elsewhere. Gilbertsville was an incorporated town until the 1970s, when its charter was dissolved by public vote. Kentucky Lake (created on the Tennessee River) and Lake Barkley (created on the Cumberland River) were connected by a canal and thus form one of the largest man-made bodies of water in the world.

Timeline

Date Event Source
1842 County formed Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1848 Court records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1848 Land records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1848 Marriage records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1848 Probate records recorded Source:Red Book: American State, County, and Town Sources
1850 First census Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1850 No significant boundary changes after this year Source:Population of States and Counties of the United States: 1790-1990
1852 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
1850 5,269
1860 6,982
1870 9,455
1880 9,647
1890 11,287
1900 13,692
1910 15,771
1920 15,215
1930 12,889
1940 16,602
1950 13,387
1960 16,736
1970 20,381
1980 25,637
1990 27,205

Cemeteries

Cemeteries of Marshall County, Kentucky, United States

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External links

http://home.hiwaay.net/~woliver/marshal.html


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