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Mike Watson: The Permanent Settlement of Adair County/II

First Teacher/Installment II This is a historical sketch on the subject of Adair County's earliest permanent settlement as written by Judge Rollin T. Hurt, Columbia, Kentucky, 1919. The following, in the original tone of Judge Hurt, was published some years ago as "History of Adair County, Kentucky, by Judge Rollin T. Hurt" and edited by Mike Watson. A few clarifications have been made, as footnotes and/or in brackets, to aid the reader. A little early history of our town and county for those who are so inclined to learn more about their place upon this continent.
Previously on ColumbiaMagazine: Mike Watson: The Permanent Settlement of Adair County

by Judge Rollin T. Hurt
Prepared and submitted by Mike Watson, Adair County Historian

The First Teacher

In 1793 [Colonel William] Casey caused to be opened and taught the first school ever taught within the bounds of Adair County. At least it was the first school of which there is any record or tradition. He employed one Arthur Hopkins, who afterwards resided in Lexington, to teach school for the period of one year in Casey's and Butler's Stations, and in Casey's Station on Butler's Fork. For this service Casey agreed to pay Hopkins the sum of fourteen pounds and Isaac Butler, John Reynolds, Francis Pelham, John Harvey, Henry Rennick and William Butler jointly agreed to pay him ten pounds, which in all amounted to less than ten dollars a month. The exceeding scarcity of money in the county at the time is shown, not only in the meager salary which was paid to the teacher, but the manner of its payment.

When the year's teaching had been finished, Isaac Butler, William Butler, Reynolds, Pelham, Harvey and Rennick paid to the teacher the ten pounds, which they had promised him, by giving to him orders upon Casey for the amounts due them for their services as spies upon the Indians. Casey was then the commander of the militia in the county. Casey discharged the twenty-four pounds due Hopkins by conveying land to him. The lands, which were conveyed by Casey to Hopkins, were afterwards levied upon and sold to satisfy an execution in favor of one Settles, which was issued upon a judgment recovered in the Quarter Sessions Court of Green County in favor of Settles against Hopkins. The levy and sale were made by Trabue, a deputy sheriff, and the land was purchased by Benjamin Lampton, the maternal grandfather of Mark Twain, who resided upon an adjoining tract of land.

Much data is available on William Casey and company and Arthur Hopkins as a result of a civil court case filed in the Adair Circuit Court by Hopkins against Benjamin Lampton and others in August of 1823. He was to teach for the term of one year at Casey's Old Station, and Tucker's Station. This court action is located in Adair Equity/Chancery files, box 7, Kentucky State Archives, Frankfort, KY. - Compiled by Mike Watson

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