Daniel Garrard was the well-bred son of Kentuckyís second (and third) governor, James Garrard. Like his colleague Hugh White, Daniel Garrard came to Goose Creek to seek his fortune in salt. With his brothers Garrard established the Garrard Salt Works on land his father had obtained earlier and went on, also like the Whites, to produce a remarkable Clay County family.
Daniel, a patriot as all the men in his fatherís family were said to be, raised a company of men in Manchester and marched off to the northwest territories to fight the British and Indians in the War of 1812. Daniel was no stranger to long, hard journeys. In 1808 he had ridden a horse (along with a slave) to the Gulf Coast to find a bride in Mobile and bring back to the rough and tumble Clay County wilderness.
Son, T. T. (for Theopolis Toulmin) was born in 1812 and was reared at the family salt works at what is now Garrard. When it came his time to fight, he raised a company of men in Manchester and took them to Mexico during the Mexican American War in 1848. When the Civil War started, Garrard raised one of the first (possibly the first) regiment in Kentucky, the Third Kentucky Infantry (later called the Seventh Kentucky), and distinguished himself time and again in battles in Kentucky and at Vicksburg, Mississippi, for which he was awarded a brigadier generalship.
After the war T. T. returned to salt making, starting up his works that had been destroyed by the Union in 1862 to keep salt out of the hands of the Confederates. For the rest of the decade Garrard became more and more involved in politics, and eventually in the feuding for which the county became nationally famous. He died in 1902, a bitter old man, by accounts, the last of a breed of Clay Countians who were a breed apart from the common settlers who came to the area for land, not to make money. By the time of his death, most of the Garrards had moved from Clay County because of animosity growing out of the feuds, while the Whites stayed and kept the dynasty going.
Col. Daniel Garrard
Brigadier General T. T. Garrard
Whether T. T. Garrard named the Garrard Salt Works the "Union" Salt Works just to spite his Rebel father, Daniel, after the Civil War is not known. But T. T., a heroic brigadier general for the Union, got the old salt works back up and running after the war and kept it until the time of his death in 1902. It was most likely the last of the famous Clay County salt works to close.
The slave-owning, aristocratic Garrard family operated like salt-making royalty, yet they went beyond the call of duty in their contributions during the War of 1812 and the Civil War.