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Early Settlers

In 1784, John Major, Sr. brought his
family and settled on a large tract of
land on Elkhorn and Dry Run.  Several
miles east of Frankfort, on the Versailles
Pike, John Major built his first home.  
Of English descent, John build his two
story cottage of stone. It resembled
an English country home.  In this home
in January 1788, the Baptist under the
leadership of William Hickman held their
first service.  John Major would build a
second home on this land; a large frame
house where he would live until his
death in 1808.  S. J. Trabue purchased
the property and named it Weehawken.

Edward P. Bryan
He was an agent for the Louisville and
Nashville Railroad.  Ed married Arabella
Scott Welch, daughter of Sylvester
Welch and granddaughter of Colonel
John Mitchell Scott.  In 1883, Edward
built a brick home he called Glen Mary.
The house was later sold to W. J.
Hendrick, of Fleming County.  His
daughter, Ann Hendrick, later become
Mrs. Robert Burns Wilson, the wife of the
poet-artist.  Ed and Arabella are great
grandparents of Maunsel White, who
would be glad to share family history.

Thomas Foster
He purchased land from John Major and
erected a tavern, which was located
where the Leestown and Lexington road
met.

                                                                 

                                                                                                                                                                         

Jett

The land that would encompass the area of Jett was once a part of
Woodford County and owned mostly in part by three men.  Andrew
Lewis, an Irishman, Indiana fighter and Revolutionary War Veteran.
In 1780, for his service in the Revolution he was granted 3000 acres
of land between Elkhorn Creek and the Versailles Pike.  LEWIS CRAIG,
famous Baptist preacher, who came to Kentucky with the Traveling
Church  and Uriel Mallory, who with Lewis Craig bought land in
Kentucky on a Treasury Warrant of 2000 acres lying northwest of
Andrew Lewis' land.  In 1794 all of this land became a part of the
newly formed county of Franklin.

In 1822 Thomas Jett purchased a farm in Franklin County near
the Woodford County line.  The community that sprang up there
would become know as Jett.  In 1882, the heirs of George Hiram
Jett, Sr., MRS LETITIA JETT gave the Louisville and Nashville
Railroad the land on which Jett Station was built.  The Major
was instrumental in the building of the station.

Area Churches & Graveyards

Located near the intersection of Old Leestown Road and Versailles
Road at Jett is the AYRES-FOSTER GRAVEYARD.  The CRUTCHER GRAVEYARD
is located about 1/3 mile off Versailles Road (U.S. 60) near the Franklin-
Woodford County line.  O'Nans Cemetery is located near the intersection
of Versailles Road and Old Leestown Road.  Another Crutcher Graveyard
is located on Hanley Lane near I-64.

The Excelsior Institute was established in 1880 by Eudora Lindsay South
her husband, Reverend James K. Polk South.  For than thirty years this
private institute provided quality education for Franklin and surrounding
counties.
Forks of Elkhorn Church began as early as 1783 when the Traveling
Church came to South Elkhorn in Fayette County.  William Hickman
along with several families moved to the Forks of Elkhorn.  In 1795,
John Brown deeded land near the intersection of Steele Ferry and the
Lexington-Leestown roads to be used for the Regular Baptist Church.
The Forks of Elkhorn Church was the backbone for many Baptist Churches
that would later be established in Franklin County.

Capital City Christian Church was the dream of Harold D. Hamm
and former members of the Peaks Mill Christian Church.  On May
14, 1960 a new congregation was formed.  Under the ministry of
Charles Saunders, the first meeting place became a vacant drive-in
restaurant.  Later property was acquired at Locust Drive and
Versailles Road and in 1962 a sanctuary was erected.

         

Sources:
History of Franklin County, Kentucky, by L. F. Johnson
Forks of Elkhorn Church, by Ermina Jett Darnell
Church and Family Graveyard of Franklin County, by KGS
Capital on the Kentucky, by Kramer


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