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Early Settlers

JOHN BAKER
He came to Franklin County about
1813 and purchased land on
Elkhorn from William Gaines and
his wife, Sarah.

Robert Church, Sr.
He was born in Culpepper County,
Virginia in 1752 and came to Kentucky
with his wife, Margaret Campbell, in
1785.  Robert served from Bedford
County, Virginia during the Revolutionary
War.  He was wounded at the battle of
Guilford Courthouse, which left him
unable to perform manual labor.  For his
service he was given a grant for almost
2,500 acres on main Elkhorn.  He build a
log cabin, where he and Margaret raised
five boys.  A log cabin on this property
was the subject of locate conversation
a few years ago when this property was
put up for public auction.  The lucky
buyer, a sportsman from Texas.

TANDY L. LEE
Tandy and his wife, Ursley Susong Lee,
migrated to Franklin County, Kentucky
from Greene County, Tennessee about
1882.  They raised a very large family
in Frankfort and Franklin County.  Tandy
and Ursley Lee are buried in the Peaks
Mill Cemetery.

JAMES SULLIVAN, SR.
The Sullivan family came to Virginia from
Northern Ireland.  James Sullivan was
born in Essex County, Virginia about
1768.  He came to Kentucky and first
settled in Woodford County.  In 1835,
James purchased 383 acres on main
Elkhorn from Gabriel and Polly Sullenger.
In August 1999, the last descendant of
the Sullivan's died.  The portion of the
property he had inherited was left to
the Kentucky Department of Fish and
Wildlife.  Demolition was started on the
old farm house.  To the surprise of
many, under all the layers of siding
and modern building materials, stood a
well camouflaged piece of Franklin
County history.  Today, the Sullivan
cabin stands on Fort Hill and has
been preserved as one of Franklin
County's valuable historic buildings.

Churches and Graveyards

Bethel Church & Cemetery
Is located on the Old  Owenton Road,
U. S. 127 North about five miles from
Frankfort.  Still in use, the cemetery is
located beside the church and containes
several hundred graves.
Calvert Cemetery
This cemetery contains about ten
tombstones and several graves marked
with fieldstones.  The oldest grave in
the cemetery is that of Isaac Calvert,
born October 18, 1783.  The cemetery
is located off Owenton Road on state
road # 898 about one half mile north
of Bethel Church.

Carr Cemetery
The cemetery has approximately 50
marked graves, predominately burials
of the Fitzgerald family.  It is located on'
U. S. 127 North about three miles from
Swallowfield at the Franklin - Owen
County line.

GRAHAM CEMETERY
Is located on Indian Gap Road between
Peaks Mill and the Owenton Road.

PEAKS MILL CHRISTIAN CHURCH
THe Church is located in the heart of
Peaks Mill.  A plaque hangs over the
entry, dedicated November 29, 1891.
The cemetery is located beside the
church and is still in use.


QUARLES GRAVEYARD
This cemetery is located at  the mouth
of lower Elkhorn and the Kentucky
River bottom.

                                                                                                                                                                         

Peaksmill

Robert Todd, a Virginian was issued a land grand in Kentucky for his service in
the Revolutionary War.  This grant included the area known today as Peaks
Mill.  Around 1812, Thomas H. Goldman came from Pennsylvania purchased a
tract of land, which was part of the original Todd grand.  Goldman petitioned
the Franklin County Court to build a grist mill on the waters of the Elkhorn
Creek.  Permission was granted and the area became Goldmans's Mill.  John
Peak, a Virginia native, moved from Scott County and in 1838 purchased the
Goldman mill.  Under Peak's ownership the mil prospered.  Farmers from all
the surrounding communities came to Peak's Mill to have their grain ground
into flour and meal.  Peak ran the mill until his death in 1853.  During the
1870's the Legislature granted articles of incorporation and the Post Office
was established at Peaks Mill.  Located in the northeastern section of
Franklin County, Peaks Mill is surrounded by the communities of Elmville,
Switzer, Forks of Elkhorn, Swallowfield and Owenton Road.

Swallowfield

Swallowfield is located about twelve miles north of Frankfort on U. S. 127.  
In the early days it was known as Dottsville.  Like all the smaller communities
throughout the county, there was once a general store, post office, blacksmith
shop, churches and doctors.  Two physicians lived in the community; Dr.
Greenwell and Dr. Brooks, who is said to have made a delicious Pepsin
chewing gum.  The Swallowfield Baptist Church was established in December
1894.  At that time it was just a few neighbors meeting at the home of
George Karsner and his wife.  George donated land and later a church was
built.  The Church of Christ was organized in 1891 and was built on land
which was part of an early Kentucky land grant.  

Swallowfield even had a roadside hotel.  On the Elkhorn, not far from where
the creek flows into the Kentucky River stood the Mayflower Hotel.  The
proprietors were Leonidas "Lonnie" Quire and his wife, America.  They ran the
Mayflower for a number of years.  In 1938 the property was sold to the
Strohmeier family, who today operate Stillwater Campground.

THE STATE JOURNAL - June 30, 1997
Community feel effects of loss of historic bridge

Article concerning the bridge over Elkhorn Creek at Strohmeier's Still
Waters Campground on U. S. 127 North.  About 3 o'clock on the morning
of March 2, 1997 the bridge was knocked from its foundation from flooding
of the Elkhorn Creek.  Strohmeier stated he has lived at the camp since
1938 when his parents, Ed and Ester Strohmeier, bought the property
from Lonnie Quire and his wife, America, who had operated the Mayflower
Hotel at the mouth of the Elkhorn.  However, the great flood of 1937 forced
America to sell.  America said she'd always wanted running water in her
house, but not that way.  The Strohmeier's were frequent visitors to the
Mayflower.  They told the Quire's if they ever wanted to sell, they'd be
interested.

Today, the general stores and mills are gone and there is no post office;
it was discontinued in the 1930's.  The progress of the automobile has
made travel to the city routine, where once it was a weekly treat.

Property Owners and Businessmen
in the Peaks Mill Precinct


Name

Post Office

Place of Birth

Occupation

Settlement
Date

Acreage

Bacon, E. F Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Blacksmith

1839

Bacon, G. K. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Carpenter

1837

26

Baker, D. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1813

75

Baldwin, T. S. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1849

30

Bates, J. W. Frankfort Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1847

130

Bates, M. C. Frankfort Franklin County, Ky Physician

1841

49

Calvert, C. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1827

260

Carr, James Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer & Magistrate

1826

350

Carr, T. C. Peaks Mill Fulton County, Ky Miller

1881

36

Carr, W. H. Frankfort Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1814

164

Conley, James Peaks Mill Fall River, Mass Farmer

1866

33

Conley, P. H. & Rob. Peaks Mill Lancashire, England Farmer

1866

84

Field, George Peaks Mill Connecticut Miner

1882

Gault, Deborah Peaks Mill Cape May, New Jersey Farmer

1857

380

Gregory, E. W. Peaks Mill Connecticut Farmer & Miller

1845

1100

Hancock, A. N. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Teacher

1844

50

Hancock, Jos. Stamping Gd. Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1829

112

Hancock, S. T. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1841

65

Hancock, T. W. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1839

75

Harp, J. M. Frankfort Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1844

Hawkins, W. C. Frankfort Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1841

20

Haydon, C. B. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1845

146

Haydon, T. J.

Peaks Mill Owen County, Ky Farmer

1843

78

Haydon, W. M. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1863

Hodges, S. N.

Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Lawyer

1841

2

Jackson, Alex Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Carpenter

1848

Mefford, N. B. Stamping Gd. Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1846

71

McCord. W.S. Peaks Mill Clark County, Ky Farmer & Merchant

1870

187

Owens, S. J. Frankfort Clinton County, Ky Farmer

1837

195

Parker, G. W. Elmville Franklin County, Ky Miller

1853

Parker, J. M. Peaks Mill Fayette County, Ky Farmer

1848

136

Penn, Mrs. R. C. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1850

300

Settle, F. J. Frankfort Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1825

200

Stafford, N. P. Peaks Mill Carroll County, Ky Physician & Surgeon

1877

26

Steele, R. C. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

Steele, Samuel Frankfort Virginia Farmer

1817

214

Suter, G. W. Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Physician

1819

Webster, George Peaks Mill Franklin County, Ky Farmer

1840

60

Wiggington, M Peaks Mill Scott County, Ky Farmer

1864

177

Sources:
Atlas of Frankfort and Franklin County 1870-1880, by J. L. Drake & Company
Capital on the Kentucky, by Kramer
Church and Family Graveyards of Franklin County, Kentucky, by KGS

Forks of Elkhorn Church, by Ermina Jett Darnell
Frankfort 200 Celebration 1786-1986, by Frankfort's 200 Birthday Historical Research Committee


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