Shelby County, Kentucky

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Shelby County is a county located in the U.S. state of Kentucky. As of 2000, the population was 33,337. The 2009 estimate put the population at 42,078. Its name is in honor of Isaac Shelby, the first Governor of Kentucky. Its county seat is Shelbyville.[1] The county is part of the Louisville/Jefferson County, KY–IN Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Shelby County was historically a prohibition or completely dry county, but the city of Shelbyville is now wet (i.e., allows retail alcohol sales), and the county has voted to allow restaurants outside Shelbyville to sell alcoholic beverages by the drink if they seat at least 100 patrons and derive at least 70% of their total sales from food. Today, Shelby County is officially classified by the Kentucky Office of Alcoholic Beverage Control as a moist county.[2]

Shelby County's motto is "Good Land, Good Living, Good People".



Founding families

One of the earliest families to settle in Shelby County was that of Daniel Ketcham of Washington County, Maryland who settled in 1784. Daniel Ketcham was a soldier during the American Revolution. He had 9 children. John Ketcham, Daniel's eldest son, would eventually move to Indiana and become involved in politics and in laying the groundwork for the founding of Indiana University.

Another early family was that of Thomas Mitchell, who moved to Shelby County in 1784. Thomas Mitchell was born on December 16, 1777, in Augusta County, Virginia. He married Rebecca Ketcham, a daughter of Daniel Ketcham. They settled near the headwaters of South Fork Clear Creek (or Mulberry Creek). Mitchell was commissioned an ensign in the 18th Regiment of Militia and on January 4, 1801, Governor James Garrard became a captain in the 18th Regiment. Mitchell became a minister of the Methodist Church and served in the War of 1812. [3]

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