First County Seat - Braxton Small

First County Seat - Braxton Small (HMWUC)

Location: Paducah, KY 42001 McCracken County
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N 37° 5.282', W 88° 35.64'

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Established in 1827, Wilmington served as the first County Seat. During the flood of February 1832, Braxton Small, serving as the first County Court Clerk for McCracken County (1825-1858), removed all records to Paducah from the original Courthouse in Wilmington. He is shown loading the skiff boat, putting the records in a "cracker barrel" which he used as a filing cabinet, with the important papers under his Beegum hat to keep them dry. He also served as a trustee of Paducah, selling the property to the County where the present Courthouse is located. His marriage was the first recorded in Paducah, to Grace Walters, a beautiful woman who gave birth to the first girl officially born in the county. He was a founder in Paducah's first bank. "The Exchange Bank". They are interred at the Oak Grove Cemetery.
Placed BySponsored by Eric T. Small in memory of Erica Hilary Small
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Date Added Wednesday, September 10th, 2014 at 9:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 358330 N 4105826
Decimal Degrees37.08803333, -88.59400000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 5.282', W 88° 35.64'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 5' 16.92" N, 88° 35' 38.40" W
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Area Code(s)270
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 S Water St, Paducah KY 42001, US
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