Early days in Graves County, Kentucky, are recalled in this new 45-page booklet titled: Graves County, Kentucky, USA . The spiral-bound booklet is a compilation of excerpts from two hard to find sources: the 1885 book, Kentucky: A History of the State by J.H. Battle, W.H. Perrin and G.C. Kniffin, and Kentucky, a Guide to the Bluegrass State, a 1939 product of the WPA Writer's Program. The tri-color front cover is printed on 80# card stock and has been protected with a vinyl sheet. The text is printed single-sided on 60# opaque paper, with the print enlarged to fit the 8.5" x 11" paper and improve readability. Towns mentioned in the booklet include: Mayfield (county seat), Water Valley, Wingo, Lynnville, Farmington, Feliciana, Hickory Grove, Boydsville, Symsonia, Dukedom and Pryorsburgh. (Note: Present-day Graves County includes Mayfield, Water Valley, Wingo, Bell City, Boaz, Dogwood, Fancy Farm, Farmington, Folsomdale, Hickory, Kaler, Lowes, Lynnville, Melber, Pottsville, Sedalia, Symsonia, Viola and West Viola, according to the National Association of Counties website. This area was part of the Jackson Purchase. An excerpt from the 1885 book relating to this purchase is included in our Marshall County booklet. Among the many subjects included are: Geographic features of the area, such as Mayfield Creek; Agriculture; Major Benjamin Graves; First settlements and first settlers -- Michael Eaker, William Armstrong, the Washam family, Col. J.C. Dodge, Campbell Duncan, the Boyd family, and many others; Courts, Trials, Attorneys, Juries and Public Buildings; Tavern licenses; County officials; Newspapers; Willis Odam and James Ross, Revolutionary War veterans; Civil War days, including some names and periods of occupancy by both sides, including a "reign of terror" by Gen. Payne of the Union forces; Early businesses and banks; Churches; and other interesting bits of history. Individual Biographies are included for: the Adair Family, R.T. Albritton, Dr. A. J. Alexander, Lucian Anderson, James Anderson, L.B. Anderson, Rev. William M. Andrew, James H. Andrus, James Austin, William Ballew, J.N. Beadles, Edgar S. Beaumont, Marshall F. Beamount, L.B. Blalock, A.R. Boone, Dr. W.A. Boyd, Finis E. Brantly, Benjamin F. Briggs, William M. Bullock, William L. Burnett, Dr. R.A. Canter, William M. Cargill, Abel Clapp, Allen G. Coltharp, Gus G. Coulter, D.P. Coulter, E.H. Day, Dr. Ezias L. Earle, T.J. Elmore, David M. Galloway, Henry George, Richard J. Grace, H.S. Hale, George T. Haneline, Judge J.W. Hocker, Martin B. Hodges, G.W. Holifield, A.L. Jenkins, T.J. Jones, Carroll L. Jones, Dr. J.D. Landrum, William Luther, Dr. S.J. Mathews, John A. Mayes, R.A. Mayes, J.P. McClain, Dr. A.C. McFall, Matthew J. McNeely, H.J. Moorman, Jesse M. Moss, John P. Motheral, Robert C. Mullins, Bernard A. Neale, S.A. Norman, David G. Park, Elder John M. Perkins, Benjamin F. Pile, L.P. Palmer, Dr. Green L. Poplin, the Powell Family, Benjamin F. Powell, Charles M. Powell, Dr. J.C. Reynolds, S.P. Ridgeway, J.E. Robbins, Cornelius Rogers, Charles I. Sherrill, William T. Sims, S.R. Smith, Thomas M. Stewart, Z. Summerville, Dr. J.W. Thomas, Z.B. Thomas, W.W. Tice, D.C. Timmons, James T. Torian, Dr. William A. Turner, H.A. Vann, C.C. Wade, John B. Watson, N.B. Watts, James T. Webb, Amos West, Josiah C. Williams, Levi C. Williams, William Jerome Willingham, Daniel Wilson, Daniel B. Wilson, William T. Wiman, Dr. John R. Winston, and W.A. Yarbrough. The brief WPA excerpt mainly concerns the town of Mayfield. A small map of the area is included.