The years between 1776 and 1780 were very difficult for those gathered in the three forts outlined in the last post. George Rogers Clark had made things a little more stable after his military activity into the "North West Territory", and by 1780 the legislature of the "Commonwealth of Virginia" past a law creating three new counties in this part of Virginia called "Kentucky County".
On June 30, 1780; Jefferson, Fayette, and Lincoln counties were formed. Jefferson County was named after Thomas Jefferson, who happened to write the Declaration of Independence. Fayette County was named after a 23 year old Frenchman who was helping the cause of American independence. Lincoln County was named after General Benjamin Lincoln who was one George Washington's chief lieutenants.
Louisville became the county seat of Jefferson. Lexington became the center of the new Fayette County. St. Asaph (Stanford) was the county seat of Lincoln. It was out of the county of Lincoln that the city of Danville would be formed.