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828 > Page 828 of History of Daviess County, Kentucky, together with sketches of its cities, villages, and townships, educational religious, civil military, and political history, portraits of prominent persons, biographies of representative citizens, and an outline history of Kentucky.

CHAPTER XXVI. VANOVER PRECINCT. This preciuct lies directly south of Lower Town, and is separated from it by North Panther Creek. The boundary line begins at Widow Tanner's, on the Daviess and McLean counties line, run- ning thence to Adam Young's, including him, thence to Lydan's bridge on Panther Creek, thence up said creek to the mouth of Rhodes's Creek, thence with said creek to the county lines afore- said, thence west with said lines to the beginning. Part of the precinct is hilly and broken, but the hills are covered with good soil and well adapted to farming. In the western and southeast- ern portion is a vast amount of coal. It was named after the numerous families of Vanover, who settled there about twenty years ago. coining to the county from East Tennessee. EARLY SETTLEMENT. The first settlers of Vanover Precinct were the Crabtrees. There were four brothers-Moses, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Moses was the oldest of the family, and was a young married man, the others being in their teens. They all came at the same time, and were from Virginia, but the exact date of their settlement is not certainly known. The Potts family came in an early day; also, Thomas Minton, Andrew Kelly, one Mr. Jones and Abner Lea, all of whom, including the Crabtrees, settled in the western part of the precinct. Moses Crabtree became the father of sixteen chil- dren. This part of the county was for a long time thinly settled, and it is only within the last twenty years that it has begun to be improved to any great extent. VANOVER3 5 MTLL. This is a small grist-mill, run by water-power, situated on Pan- ther Creek, ten miles southwest of Owensboro. It was built by Jonathan Barnett about 1847. He ground corn in it for several years, and then sold to Ebenezer Cawhorn, who rebuilt the entire mill. It was afterward owned by Samuel Vanover, who added a Eaw-mill, and ran it for several years in connection with the corn- (828)