Timeline of Kentucky history

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This is a timeline of Kentucky history.

Early history

Seven Years War / French and Indian War

Lord Dunmore's War

Revolutionary War

Between the wars

Civil War

See Timeline of Kentucky in the Civil War

Post Civil War period

Twentieth century

Twenty-first century

See also



  1. Teaching materials are available at the Kentucky Heritage Council website, http://heritage.ky.gov/kas/projects/curriculum+materials.htm
  2. "KY Coal Facts - History of Coal". www.coaleducation.org. Retrieved 2021-12-31.
  3. Christopher Gist, Ohio History Central; read Christopher Gist's journals online via the University of Toronto's Roberts Library
  4. "Kentucky," Online Etymology Dictionary
  5. "The Adventures of Daniel Boone Chapter One". www.varsitytutors.com. Retrieved 2021-12-31.
  6. For more on this iconic frontierswoman, see Nuckols, Mrs. S.V., "The History of William Page and his Wife, Ann Kennedy Wilson Poague Lindsay McGinty," Register of the Kentucky State Historical Society 10 (1912). See an image of her gravestone at Digital Collections, University of Louisville Libraries
  7. See the history of Old Fort Harrod State Park Archived 2007-08-28 at the Wayback Machine
  8. Walker, Juliet E.K. Free Frank: A Black Pioneer on the Antebellum Frontier. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1983.
  9. See more on this at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center and see online the Kentucky Educational Television's documentary, "Kentucky's Underground Railroad—Passage to Freedom."
  10. Weisenburger, Steven. Modern Medea: A Family Story of Slavery and Child-Murder from the Old South. New York: Hill and Wang, 1998. See also the webpage on essays and articles for Margaret Garner: A New American Opera. Accessed 11 December 2010. www.margaretgarner.org.
  11. See the Library of Congress primary documents

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Edward Worthington was an Irish-born American frontiersman, hunter, surveyor and soldier who explored and later helped settle the Kentucky frontier. A veteran of the American Revolutionary War and the American Indian Wars, he also served as a paymaster under George Rogers Clark during the Illinois campaign. His grandson, William H. Worthington, was an officer with the 5th Iowa Volunteer Infantry Regiment during the American Civil War. Historian and author, Kathleen L. Lodwick is a direct descendant of Edward Worthington.

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