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Compiled by William T. Ward February 1962

Revised by Joyce Payne April 2002


This book covers MC’s earliest history, & paints a picture of pioneer life for its earliest settlers-- how homes & roads were built, our Civil War history, the natural history of the county from its animals, trees, topography, & geology...& much more valuable history!


William T. Knott (1822-1899) was the son of Joseph Percy and Marie McElroy Knott, and the brother of Kentucky Governor Proctor Knott. He was born on a farm on Cherry Run near Raywick in Marion County (then Washington County). He was a teacher and principal of Lebanon Academy on what is now Kobert Avenue in Lebanon. He was the first superintendent of schools in Marion County (1889-1898). He was first married to Marian B. McElroy and they had four children. His second wife was Lydia McElroy.

1887 History of Marion County by WT Knott

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