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John Poole and his wife Jane Huston    John & Jane (Huston) Poole

  In 1826, John Poole, a 50-year-old millwright, loaded an oxcart and moved his wife and ten children from their home near Bardstown KY to the wilderness of Henderson County where he started a new settlement that quickly became called Poole's Mill. Shortly after their arrival their twelfth child, James Nelson Poole, was born.

   John Poole and his sons built the "Sixteen Mile House", so-called because it was sixteen miles from Henderson, and was a stagecoach stop. The Pooles also built the first store as well as a horse-drawn mill; one of the sons was a blacksmith, another became the first postmaster in 1855 - in other words, the Pooles cornered the market in the town that later became known simply as Poole.

Contact Carole Palmer for more information on this family; John and Jane Poole are her fourth great grandparents. Collateral surnames are: Sutton, Cavanah, Thornberry, Walker, Wise, Allen, Bridwell, Thomasson, McMullin, Stephens, Richardson, and many others.
Thanks to Kristi and Steve Grant for contributing these photos.

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