Adair County, KY Research Books

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The Adair County Surname Book Project, Vol. I

A New Resource book has been compiled by the Adair Public Library, "The Adair County Surname Book Project, Vol. I". This book will be an invaluable help to Adair researchers! Only 100 copies will be printed so order your today! Click on the link above for all the information!!


NEW! From Hope to Hilltop: The Establishment of the Lindsey Wilson Training School late 1899 - early 1904 (and glimpses through 1910)

8.5x11 format, softbound, 80 pages + full name index. Compiled and edited by Jim Garner.

The text consists of four parts:

1) articles from the Adair County News from late 1899 (when the idea of a Methodist training school in south-central Kentucky was first proposed) through early January, 1904, when "the Lindsey-Wilson" opened;

2) selected articles from the News from early 1904 through 1910 highlighting Columbia and changes on the campus;

3) a series of vignettes, mostly about campus life and activities and those who worked there in the 1904-1910 era; and

4) an addenda, with information located after the original version of the volume was printed.

For ordering information, contact Mike Watson, 202 Mooreland Ave., Harrodsburg, Ky. 40330‑1836.

I have Breeding Community Books Vol I ($6.00) and Vol II ($7.00) for sale if anyone is interested.  I am working on Vol III and will have available at the Breeding Reunion on Oct 13, 2007 at the Breeding Fire Dept. Not sure of the price until they go to print.  Anyone that has photos known or unknown that would like to be added to the book please forward them to me through mail or electronically.  Stories of the Breeding community are also needed.  Contact Info: Roberta J Dooley, 8530 Sandy Branch Rd SE, Elizabeth, IN  47117
(812) 969-3740, (812) 989-8909 (cell)


Available January, 2007 from Watson Publications:
"Adair County, Kentucky, 1918: Births, marriages, & deaths; removals, returns, & visits; news from soldier boys & from far off places; & sundry other items, as reported in the pages of the Adair County News from January 2 through December 25, 1918." Transcribed & edited by Cyrus; 114 pages, including two indices & list of death certificates (nearly 300) issued in Adair County in 1918. Format: 8.5x11, soft. For ordering information, email

Available February, 2007 (projected) from Watson Publications:
"Editor, News: Adair County Doughboy Letters of the Great War."
Transcribed & edited by Cyrus; 96 pages, including index, a brief glossary of terms used, a list of military bases mentioned, etc.. Format: 8.5x11, soft. For ordering information, email

Vol I and Vol II Breeding Community Books for sale.  Vol I is $6.00 and Vol II is $7.00.  You can email me with your request ( ) or write me at Roberta J Dooley, 8530 Sandy Branch Rd SE, Elizabeth, IN  47117 home (812) 969-3740 or cell (812) 989-8909.  I will need to know how many books you want,  of which volume and the address to mail the books to.  Thanks so much!

Available soon:

Judge Herschel Clay Baker's Historical and Biographical Sketches of Adair County, Kentucky, transcribed from the Adair County News of January 23 - November 6, 1918.

In addition to over 40 sketches penned by Judge Baker, there is a great deal of supplemental material, including brief entries for all the (known) Adair County soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines who died or were killed during both World Wars as well as the Adair County POWs of World War Two.

Judge Baker's topics include the settlement & early settlers of Adair Co.; churches & education; well-known Adair families and personages, including Jane Lampton Clemens (mother of Mark Twain); Adair County & Adair countians in the various wars; the murderous Harpe brothers; the Columbia Skirmish of '63; the Great Bank Robbery; Colonel Frank Lane Wolford; the mysterious band known as the Whang-Doodles; and many others.

Transcribed and edited by Cyrus, 2006. Approx 140 pages.

Please contact Watson Publications (Mike Watson) at  for availability and ordering information.

 Adair County Historian Mike Watson projects the release of the second volume of his "A History of Adair County, KY", this fall. It is expected to be printed by October 2006. Mr. Watson, who is a teacher in Harrodsburg, KY, was in Columbia for the Adair County Genealogical Society's First Annual Book Fair.

The Cyrus List: 15 (almost 16) Adair County books
of general interest (non-fiction)
Released to world 1:00 p.m. CST, Saturday, March 18, 2006

40 Acres and No Mule, Janice Holt Giles.

Adair County: A Historical Overview and the History of Education in the County Through 1992, Volume I, Minne Corbin Rubarts.

An Adair County, Kentucky History, Volume 1, compiled by Michael C. Watson.

Adair, Kentucky History & Biography , Mountain Press, 2002. A reprint of a very brief essay about Adair County, and biographical sketches of Adair Countians, photo-reproduced from Collins' History of Kentucky, 1882 edition, and Kentucky: A History of the State, W.H. Perrin, J.H. Battle and G.C. Kniffin, 1885.

Early Columbia: The Beginnings of a Small Kentucky Town, Ruth Paull Burdette.

The Early Settlers of Gradyville and Adair County, Ann ODell, Phil Moss, & Jerry Moss.

Jane Clemens: The Story Of Mark Twain's Mother, Rachel McBrayer Varble.

Hello, Janice: The Wartime Letters Of Henry Giles, Henry Giles, Dianne Watkins (Editor).

The Long Hunters of Skin House Branch, Ruth Paul Burdette & Nancy Berley.

The Man with the Red Towel : Biography of Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers' Legendary Coach E.A. Diddle, William M. Jenkins, Jr.

Methodist History of Adair County Kentucky 1782 - 1969, Vista Royce Allison.

"Morgan is Coming!": Confederate Raiders in the Heartland of Kentucky, Betty J. Gorin.

Notes on Adair County, Kentucky by John Avroe Steele, or Judge Rollin T. Hurt's History of Adair County Kentucky, prepared and edited by Michael C. Watson.

Westward Into Kentucky: The Narrative of Daniel Trabue, edited by Chester R. Young.

The Wild Riders of the First Kentucky Cavalry, Sgt. Eastham Tarrant.

In the works: a biography of Col. Frank Lane Wolford, Ron Wolford Blair, tentative publication date: fall, 2007 (as of February, 2006.

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 A website for societies, authors and regular genealogist to buy and sell their genealogy books.

The Adair County Courthouse

An Art Print for Sale by Heneritta Scott for the Renaissance Columbia. All proceeds go toward the renovation of the downtown area. Lovely print signed and numbered.

See the Print and Order it


Order the following book from

Carol L. Sanders,  9679 Waxwing Drive, Blue Ash, OH 45241-3354. 


A new book has been published which is a current transcription of the
gravestones of six Adair County cemeteries: Barnett's Creek UM Church, Hiter, Luttrell's Creek, Pellyton, Pleasant Hill and Tabernacle Cemeteries.  Soft cover 8-1/2 x 11, spiral bound, 56 pages plus a surname index.  Carol Sanders is the compiler of this book.

$15.50 postage paid.

Order the following books from
Michael C. Watson,
202 Mooreland Ave., Harrodsburg, Ky. 40330-1836

Title Price
Adair County, Kentucky Civil Court Cases, 1802-1826 much genealogical data $18.00
Judge Rollin T. Hurt's History of Adair Co., KY $18.00
Looking Back: A Collection of Columns of historical and genealogical interest, Volume 1 $11.00
Looking Back: A Collection of Columns of historical and genealogical interest, Volume 2 $11.00
Bibliography of Adair County, a collection of sources, historical and genealogical $12.00
Death Records of Adair & Surrounding Areas, (Russell, Casey, Green, Cumberland, Taylor and Metcalfe Counties) Prior to 1900, Newspaper, church, court, military, and misc. death notices. $15.00
Adair County, Kentucky Marriages, Jan. 1, 1840-Jan. 1, 1870 $13.50
The Lost Marriage Bonds of Adair County, Kentucky, 1840-1870,
Discovered after the previous book went to press.
Adair Co., KY Wills, Books "A" & "B", 1802-1818 $10.00
1860 Census of Adair Co., KY $15.00
1870 & 1880 Census INDEX of Adair Co., KY, SURNAME ONLY $9.00
Militia Rolls, 1862-1865 $12.00
Adair Co., KY Deed Abstracts, Books "A" & "B", 1802-1811 $16.00
1860 Russell County, KY Census, by Jim Garner $12.50


Order the following books from
Adair County Genealogical Society, P. O. Box 613, Columbia, KY 42728


As on all book orders $4.00 per book shipping charge.

Title Price
New!  Guardian Bonds and Guardian Request by Carolyn Gupton and Lila Ford. $34.95
Adair County, Ky. Marriages 1869-1879 by ACGS $34.50
New!  Cemetery Book 8 by ACGS $18.90
Cemetery Book 1
Cemetery Books 2 - 7     Complete Set is $115.00

$15.00 each book

The Adair County Marriage Records, 1802-1840, by Ruth Paull Burdette $24.00
Bible Records,
Collected by the Adair County Genealogical Society
Transcribed by Robert Page Watson
1850 Census of Adair Co., KY $13.50
Roots & Branches, Vol. 1, A collection of five generation charts
of members of the Adair Co. Genealogical Society
Roots & Branches, Vol. 2 $24.00
Adair County, Kentucky: A Pictorial History, Hardbound volume with glossy pages recounting history of the county. [Out of print--when enough orders, may reprint!] $34.80
Adair County, KY. Pictorial History Book Vol 2 On Sale for $30.00 (that is a savings of $7.50 right now, 1/11/08) $37.50


Order the following books from
Beverly England, 691 Bull Run Road, Columbia, KY, 42728


Title Price
Revolutionary War Soldiers from Adair Green, Russell & Taylor Counties in KY $16.00
Adair County, KY 1900 Census $40.00


Order the following books from
Minnie Corbin Rubarts, Columbia, KY 42728


Adair County: Historical Overview, County and Schools 1700-1900,
A hard bound volume 500 pages in length on the county and people, with emphasis on education. Must be seen to be appreciated.