Bullitt County History

Where was Paris?

Some indexes and transcriptions of the 1820 Bullitt County census have identified its divisions as Shepherdsville, Mount Vernon, and Paris. One index lists 448 households in Shepherdsville, 325 in Paris, and 20 in Mount Vernon. Of course Mount Vernon was the early name given to what would become Mount Washington; and Shepherdsville was the county seat. But where was Paris?

A careful look at images of the original census pages suggests that Paris did not actually exist.

Looking at the census pages, the first column is titled, "Name of the County, Parish, Township, Town, or City where the family resides." What we actually find is that the first ten pages, which these indexes and transcriptions identify as the Paris division, all show the families living in Bullitt County, not any particular part of it. The next page lists the 20 households identified as living in Mount Vernon. The next page identifies 44 households living in Shepherdsville. Then the remaining eleven pages all identify the families as living in Bullitt County.

Thus the actual household count is 20 in Mount Vernon, 44 in Shepherdsville, and 729 in Bullitt County outside these two towns.

So where did the name Paris come from. I suggest that the indexers and transcribers mistook the word "Parish" for "Paris." This should remind us that, while secondary sources like these indexes and transcriptions are often very helpful, there is no better source than the original documents.

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The Bullitt County History Museum, a service of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is located in the county courthouse at 300 South Buckman Street (Highway 61) in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The museum, along with its research room, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday appointments are available by calling 502-921-0161 during our regular weekday hours. Admission is free. The museum, as part of the Bullitt County Genealogical Society, is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization and is classified as a 509(a)2 public charity. Contributions and bequests are deductible under section 2055, 2106, or 2522 of the Internal Revenue Code. Page last modified: 12 Jan 2024 . Page URL: bullittcountyhistory.org/bchistory/paris.html