Slave Entries in Kentucky Wills, Deeds & Other documents
This information was originally on Jo
Thiessen's personal website. Prior
to her death, she requested that I
copy the information and ensure that
it would always be available for KY
researchers. Since the information
does not relate to a single KY county,
it has been added to the site.
Woodford Co., KY
Circuit Book C., p.65
See Fayette Co. Clerk's Office Dec. 14, 1807
which specifies the original record was burned.
"I give my daughter, Joyce FALKNER, present wife of John Falkner, of the county
of Fayette and State of Virginia, a negro girl by name of Gemima otherwise called
Mima. I give her to the above Joyce together with said Mima's increase forever
and for the only use of the said Joyce, to will and dispose of as to her seemeth
fit, hereby revoking all other claims of right or title to the said Gemima alias
Mima of her increase forever.
Witness my hand and seal this 19th day of April, Anno Domini 1791.
Fayette Co., KY Grantee Bk.
#31, Circuit Book F. p.523
May 25, 1812
To JOUITT, Anne from Joice FALCONER a gift of negro slaves.
Postmarked Versailles, KY (Woodford
Co.) Letter from Ann M. Watkins to
Mr. Waltus L. Watkins. Jan. 21, 1836
Published in "Woodford Heritage News"
Uncle Majors family were all well
the last time we heard from them,
they had the misfortunate (sic) to
loose (sic) five of their negroes
last year, which
you know was heart rending to uncle Jamy, the negroes were old Molly, Prissy,
Greenap and two children under four years old.
Clark County, Kentucky
Will Book Bk, p. 28 Jan 16, 1808
The Inventory of the Estate personal and Slaves of Jacob Crosthwait Decd.
1 negroe woman by the name of Dina appd 100,,0,,0
Do a girl by the name of Vilotte 100,,0,,0
Do a Boy by the name of Michael 60,,0,,0
Do a Boy by the name of Joel 90,,0,,0
Do a Boy by the name of Lancaster 75,,0,,0
Do a Boy [sic] by the name of Caroline 60,,0,,0
Do a Boy by the name of Baylor 45,,0,,0
Do a Boy by the name of Walker 45,,0,,0
Clarke County, Kentucky
Will Book 5, pp. 198, 199
In the name of God Amen, I Samuel
Stephenson of the County of Clarke
and State of Kentucky being in a low
state fo health but of sound mind and
memory and calling into mind the uncerttinty
of life do make and ordain this to
be my last will and Testament viz I
give and bequeath to my son William
the fifty acres of land purchased from
Margaret Thomas the Deed when made
to be made in his name likewise a two
year old mare
also a bed and furniture
Item I give and bequeath to my three sons Isaac, Archibald and Samuel the tract
of land whereon I now live together with the Fox horse and furniture to Isaac.
The Tan mare and furniture to Archibald and to Samuel a negro boy called Jackson.
Item I give and bequeath to my son James two hundred dollars to be paid by
my Executors as soon as the sum can be collected from the sale of property
and outstanding debts paid.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Frances a negro woman called Loiza
in addition to what she has already received.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret a negro boy called Henry and
the smip [sic] mare in addition to what she has already received.
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Anna Stephenson my negro girl
named Lett together with a good bed and furniture and bureau likewise ten dollars
a year for four years for her maintenance which will bring her to the age of
15 when I expect she will be capable of maintaining herself and after my just
debts are paid my will is that all my perishable property not heretofore mentioned
shall be sold at public sale on a twelve months credit and the amount equally
divided between all my children except James to him I have given a trade that
I expect will be equal to what the rest will receive from the sale and I do
hereby request John Ramsay and James Ramsay to be my Executors of this my last
will and Testiment signed sealed and declared to be the last will and Testament
of him the said Samuel Stephenson this 21st day of June 1822.
|In the presence of
| Samuel (X) Stephenson
Clarke County August Court 1822
This last will and Testiment of Samuel Stephenson Duo was produced in court,
and proven according to law by the oaths of Septimus Davis and Jno Stevenson
witness which subscribed and ordered to be recorded The Executors named in
this will appeared in open court and refused to qualify
|| Teste James P. Bullock CCC
Bath County, Kentucky
Will Book B., page 420
In the name of God Amen, I James
Armstrong of the county of Bath and
the State of Kentucky being weak in
body but of a sound disposing mind
and memory do make this my last will
and testament hereby revoking and cansiling
all others heretofore made.
It is my will and desire that my
Executor hereafter to be named shall
first pay all my juneral expences and
next my just and honerable debts.
Item 2nd It is my will and desire that my said executor shall as soon as convenient
after my death sell at public auction the plantation on which I live supposed
to contain about three hunderd and twenty four acres on a credit of one two
and three years to be paid in equal enstalments and I do hereby authorize and
empower him to execute a Deed or Deeds of conveyance to the purchaser when
the purchase money is paid.
Item 3rd It is my will and desire that my said executor so soon as it is convenient
after my death to sell at publick auction all my personal property of every
description (except the house hold and kitchen furniture and the slaves) at
a credit of twelve months.
Item 4th I will and bequeath to my two youngest children towit Russell Armstrong
and Elenor Duvall all and every part and parcel of the household and kitchen
furniture to be equally divided between them by my said executor.
Item 5th I will and bequeath my negro man Jerry to be free upon the following
conditions that my said executor shall hire him out from year to year untill
his hire amounts to the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars after paying
all expences for sickness or other wise at which time I direct my said executor
to set him at Liberty.
Item 6th I will and bequeath my negro girl Fanny to be free upon the following
conditions that is my executor shall hire her out from year to year untill
her hire amounts to the sum of one hundred and seventy five dollars after all
expences for sickness or otherwise at which time I direct my said executor
to set her at liberty.
Item 7th I will and bequeath that Fanny's three children towit Jacob who is
nine years of age, Mariah, who is about six years old and Cinthey about four
years of age shall be free at certain ages. Jacob to be hired out by my said
executor from year to year untill he arrives to the age of twenty six at which
time I direct my said executor to set him at Liberty. Mariah and Cynthey to
be hired out from year to year by my said executor untill they each arive to
the age of twenty one at which timees I direct my said executor to set them
at liberty, and it is my will and desire that should Fanny have a child or
children before she makes the sum of one hundred and seventy five dollars they
are to be hired out by my said executor untill they each arive to the age of
twenty one at which times they are to be set at liberty and should said female
negroes above names have children they are also to be free at twenty one years
Item 8th I will and bequeath my negro woman by the name of Nanny to be free
at my death.
Item 9th I will and bequeath to my four grandsons towit James Harvy Cassity,
Milton Cassity, Stephen Cassity and Niton Cassity twenty dollars each to be
paid by my said executor when they severally arive at the age of twenty one
as there full share and proportion of my estate
Item 10th I will and bequeath to my granddaughter of Polly John Armstrong the
sum of thirty five dollars to be paid by my executor when she arrives at the
age of twenty one years or marries as her full share of my estate.
Item 11th I will and bequeath that the balance of my estate and all the money
that will arise from the sale of my place and the hire of the negroes before
set forth after all my just debts and expences is paid shall be equally divided
between my five children towit Russell Armstrong Elenor Duvall the wife of
Thompson Duvall, Robert Armstrong, Polly Cassity the wife of Jonathan Cassity
and Jane Kindard the wife of Barnabas Kindard except Russell Armstrong and
Elenor Duvall is to have one hundred and fifty dollars each more than each
of the others after Russell Armstrong and Elenor Duvall first receives there
one hundred and fifty dollars each of the executor then the balance will be
paid by my executor to each of them in equal proportions as he collects the
money that may arise from the sale of the land or the hire of the negros
Item 12th It is my will and desire that if either of my children or grandchilderen
refuses to receive the devisees which is contained in this will to each of
them and makes an attempt to break this will that in that event they shall
receive one dollar of my estate and no more as there full proportion of my
estate and the property and money to be divided among those who do not make
duly attempt to break this will in the
manner before set forth in the previous
part of this will Lastly it is my will
and desire vc I do herby appoint Andrew
Trumbo Jr. of Owingsvill my executor
to this my last will and testament.
In testimony where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of
Interlined once on the 2nd page and three times on the 3rd page before it was
|Witness Isaac Moore
(X) his mark
| James Armstrong (SEAL)
Bath County November Court 1830
This last will and testament of James Armstrong Dec'd was returned to Court
and proven by the oaths of Isaac Moore and Ziba Moore
Tobias WILHITE set the following slaves free, 7 May 1821, in Mercer Co.,
KY, see DB12, p.159-160: Sucky, age 30-31, and her children, Benjamin, age
May, age 2
submitted by: John Blankenbakerfirstname.lastname@example.org
HARRISON CO., KY Deed Book 34, p.613-614
James HENRY's Heirs to Silas Henry dated Harrison Co., KY 10 September 1866
Deed of land to "Silas HENRY a man of color a certain tract or parcel of
land herein after described for the consideration that the said Silas Henry
was to live with the said James Henry take care of his stock etc until the
death of Said James Henry. And whereas the said Silas has performed all the
conditions of said contract to be byhim performed and whereas the said James
Henry bound his heirs executors or administrators to make a deed, for the
land hereafter described it being the same land embraced in the obligation
afore said. And therefore this indenture made and entered into this 14th
day of December 1868 by and between L.M. Henry, George W. Henry, and Elizabeth
Henry wife of George W. and Elizabeth Henry wife of L.M. Henry, Newton Henry
and Elizabeth Henry his wife, Elias Henry, W.J. Henry and Mary Henry his
wife, Noah Henry and Louisa Henry his wife, John K. Gray and Marietta Gray
his wife late Marietta Henry, William Godman his wife late Harriette Henry
his wife, Colby Brooks and Ann Brooks his wife late Ann Henry, B.F. Jones
and America Jones his wife, late America Henry, J.W. Rains and Celinda A.
Rains his wife late Celinda A. Henry being eleven of the children and heirs
at law of James Henry deed parties of the first part and Silas Henry party
of the second part witnesseth."
Signatures that follow include those of Newton and his wife Elizabeth. Some
of the others have only an X. Elias Henry signed in DeKalb County, MO.
HARRISON CO., KY
Edmund POLLARD brought into KY, slaves named: Delphia, Lewisy, Nancy, and
Rozanna. He registered them 2 January, 1816 in Harrison Co., KY when he
moved there from Orange Co., VA
Harrison County, Kentucky
Will Book A, Pages 76 & 77
In the name of God Amen The Eleventh day of February 1807 I Mary HUCHERSON
of the County of Harrison and State of Kentucky being very sick and Weak
in body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God therefore
calling unto mind the Mortality of my Body and Knowing that it is appointed
for all Men once to die do make & ordain this my last Will & testament That
is to Say principally & first of all I Give & recommend My Soul into the
hand of Mighty God that Gave it & my body I recommend to the Earth to be
buried in decent Christian Burial at the Descreetion of my Executors Nothing
doubting but at the General Resurection I shall receive the Same again by
the Mighty power of God and as touching such Worldly Estate where with it
has pleased God to bless me in this life I give ........ & dispose of the
same in the following manner & form First I give to my daughter Mary Lewis
CROSSWHITE three slaves viz, Frederick
Charlotte & Creener Secondly I give to my daughter Jane Stears KINSLER three
slaves (viz) Levi Lucinda & her child I also wish for Lewis to be appraised and
for my Daughter Mary to keep him & pay my Daughter Jane the one half of his appraisement & my
Desire further is that all other things that I die possessed of be equally divided
between my aforesaid two Daughters Except Margaret who for her faith full Services
unto me I desire may go free to herself. Lastly I constitute make & ordain my
beloved Friends Jacob Powers & Robert McKitrick Executors of this my last will & testament
Revoking and utterly disallowing all other former wills - Legacies & Executors
by me & in any ways before named - Ratifying & Confirming this & no other to
be my last will & testament In Witness Where of I have hereunto set my hand & Seal
this day & year first above Written Signed, Sealed & c, In presence of William
X Stears ,br. David McKittrick
Margaret (X )McKittrick
Mary (x ) Hutcherson L.S.
Harrison County Sct May Court 1807
The Last will & Testament of Mary Hutcherson decd was provd in open Court by
the oaths of William Stears
David McKittrick Ann Powers & Margaret McKitrick Subscribing Witnesses there
to & ordered to be Recorded Att. W. Moore C.H.C.