Chronicles of Boone County

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Sheriff's Office

The Sheriff was the chief law officer in the county, but he was also the primary tax collector. Many people did not pay their taxes, and the Sheriff was liable for any taxes not paid, except those allowed as delinquent by the Court. There are many cases in which the Legislature voted extensions for individual Sheriffs to settle their accounts. This could become a nightmare if the Sheriff died in office.

The Sheriff was also the chief political figure in the county, until the office of County Judge was created. He sold the property of bankrupts, and foreclosures. He enforced the orders of the County Court, and provided security for their meetings.

The Sheriff was generally the senior magistrate on the County Court, as determined by length of time served on the court. Under the Second Constitution of Kentucky of 1799, Sheriffs were appointed by the Governor, though this office had been elective under the first constitution, which produced many political consequences.

List of Sheriffs of Boone County 1798-1852, commisioned by the Governor of Kentucky

Name Notes
John Hall Commissioned Sheriff, 26 Jan 1801
John Brown Commissioned Sheriff, refused to Qualify, Apr 1803
Archibald Huston Commissioned Sheriff, 20 Apr 1803
Archibald Reid Commissioned Sheriff, 14 Dec 1804
John Bush Commissioned Sheriff, 1807
Archibald Huston Commissioned Sheriff, 25 Jan 1808
Elzaphan Hume Commissioned Sheriff, 9 Nov 1808
Alexander McPherson Commissioned Sheriff, 1 Nov 1810
William Sebree Commissioned Sheriff, 21 Jan 1813
Roger Wiggington Commissioned Sheriff, 16 Oct 1814
Abner Gaines Commissioned Sheriff 1817
Jeremiah Kirtley Commissioned Sheriff, 16 Dec 1818
Joseph Graves Commissioned Sheriff 1820
Benjamin Willis Commissioned Sheriff, 23 Oct 1822
Whitfield Early Commissioned Sheriff, 13 Nov 1824
John Merrill Commissioned Sheriff, 11 Dec 1826
Benjamin Stephens Commissioned Sheriff, 15 Jan 1829
Thomas Connelly Commissioned Sheriff 1830
Cave Johnson Commissioned Sheriff, 28 Nov 1832
Chasteen Scott Commissioned Sheriff, 5 Dec 1834
John Cave Commissioned Sheriff, 18 May 1836
John P. Gaines Commissioned Sheriff, 25 Apr 1837
Benjamin Watts Commissioned Sheriff, 21 Nov 1838
Samuel Hardesty Commissioned Sheriff, 1 Dec 1840
Willis Calvert Commissioned Sheriff 1842
Robert Walton Commissioned Sheriff, 11 Oct 1844
Robert B. Vickers Commissioned Sheriff, 6 Nov 1846
William J. Sandford Commissioned Sheriff, 8 Jan 1848
Benjamin White Commissioned Sheriff, 16 Oct 1848
Henry James Commissioned Sheriff, 15 Oct 1850
James Calvert Commissioned Sheriff, 10 Aug 1852
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