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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.

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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.
Toliver CRAIG."

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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.

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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.

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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
Septimus Davis
John Stephenson
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

Examined 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 of age.
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 August 1830.

Interlined once on the 2nd page and three times on the 3rd page before it was signed.

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 4 May, age 2
submitted by: John Blankenbaker/johblank@pipeline.com

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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.

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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

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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
Ann Powers
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.

Witness Isaac Moore
Ziba Moore
(X) his mark
James Armstrong (SEAL)