Barren County KY Court Records
Sandra K. Gorin,
Gorin Genealogical Publishing
Volume 2 of Barren's Black
Roots, Michelle Gorin Burris, (c) Aug 1992). By permission of the
Deed Book I:
Page 9: Wm Lewis of Barren Co, heir of Francis Lewis,
deceased of Henrico Co VA release to Wm W.
Stockton the slaves of
the estate. 1821
Page 31: Barnett Smith emigrated from VA in 1821.
Took oath that his slaves would not be placed in slave market, for
family use only.
Page 106: Walton Bush gives his daughter Martha Ann
the gift of a Negro girl, 1821.
Page 114: Andrew Walters deeds to Barnabas and Judith
Walters (parents) a Negro woman and her two small children, 1821.
Page 149: Joseph Galloway takes oath re slaves
purchased in Virginia, 1821.
Page 157: Clerk of Barren Co Court binds Mischal
Month, Delilah Month, Mary Month and Margaret Month, children of
Betsy, a free woman of colour to John Shirley, 1821. Mischal born 8
Page 209: Clerk binds a 3-year old Negro girl,
daughter of Sally Carter, to Dr. George Rogers to learn the trade of
housekeeping, 1821. Dr. Rogers lived in Glasgow.
Page 236: Frederick Moss for love and affection for
his daughter, Amy Vance and his grandchildren, Wm and Albert Vance,
Negro boy named Hendrick who is about 11 years old.
Deed book J:
Page 273: Joseph Rogers Underwood and Edm’d Rogers
(his uncle) trustees of the will of George Rogers, decd. To hold the
estate for the benefit of daughter, slaves, 1823.
Page 575: “Know all men by these presents: That I,
Reuben Dale, of Barren County do hereby constitute and appoint Silas
Burks of the County of Green in the State of Kentucky my agent and
attorney in fact for the purpose of apprehending and bringing home
my Negro man Lewis who ran away from me a year ago last spring and
my said attorney is hereby fully authorized and empowered to take
said Negro man wherever he can find him either in this state or
elsewhere and to take all legal measures to convey him to me. Lewis
is about 23 years of age, about 5 feet 10 inches high of a yellowish
complexion, spare made, the joints of his thumb where they join his
hands stand high. He has a scar from the cut of an axe on one of his ancles on the inside. In testimony of the authority hereby
given to my said attorney, I hereunto set my hand and seal, this 9
Jan 1826, /s/ Reuben Dale.
Deed Book K:
Page 44: John Tilford frees Negro woman Aggy, about
68 years of age on 15 July 1822.
Joseph B. Stockton deed to James Hall, 15
Dec 1823. Stockton had purchased a family of Negroes now in the
possession of Hall: Dick, Jinney, Eliza, Vincy, Marshall, Henry,
Byram and May.
Page 151: Lipscomb Norvell to Stacy Bell, 1826. He
had purchased 100 acres of land at the head of Beaver Creek and
reserved a certain lot of that land for the benefit of his Negro
man, Aron of 17 ¼ acres.
Deed Book L:
Page 40: William Jones sold his slaves to Silas
The following is the first deed where an
African-American sold property in his own name.
Page 136: “This Indenture Made and Entered Into this
6 of October 1827 between Rose, a free woman of colour of the one
part and J. R. Underwood of the other. Witnesseth: that said Rose
for and in consideration of $20 in hand paid, the receipt of which
is hereby acknowledged hath bargained and sold and by these presents
doth bargain, sell and convey unto the said Underwood, all her
right, title and interest in and to 100 acres of land lying in
Barren County and which was conveyed by the said David Shipman to
said Underwood by deed dated 26 September 1827 and duly recorded
reference to which is here made for a more particular description of
said land the interest of said Rose being a life estate in the land.
To have and to hold the same to the said Underwood, his heirs and
assigns forever. In testimony whereof said Rose hath hereunto set
her hand and seal this day and year first written. /s/ Rose (X).
Attest: R. D. Maupin, Franklin Gorin.” Note: Joseph R. Underwood
was a judge and lawyer both in Barren and Warren Co KY.
List of slaves belonging to
Thos. N Pace 21 Mar
Jim, a man between 47 and 52 years old
Sarah, a woman between 37 and 42
Harriet, a girl between 10 and 12
Clay, a boy between 8 and 10
Henry, a boy between 6 and 8
Jane, a girl between 6 and 8
Julia, a girl between 5 and 7
Caroline Elizabeth, a girl between 3 and 4
Elbert, a boy under 1 year old..
“Whereas Alice Wells, a girl of Color Was bound by
the Barren County court to Wm. Wells by order of court & regulaa
Indentures. And whereas she has arrived to twenty-one years of age,
She has intermarried with the undersigned Bill Smith and is now his
wife. Therefore We release him from all further dictates on his
undertaking in said binding. /s/ Bill Smith, dated 29 Nov 1869,
Attest W F Wells, J Ford.”
“We the undersigned Commissioners appointed by the
Barren County court December term 1851, to allot to
widow of John Herndon, decd. Her dower in the Slaves of her said
decd .husband and divide the remainder of Slaves between the legal
heirs of said decedant after being first sworn proceed to the
Widows dower: Charles, Negro Man $600
Alexander, Negro Boy $500
Sharlett, old woman $150
Other names cited in the allotment: Thomas, , James,
Frank (boy), Elizabeth (girl), Louan (girl), Hardin (boy).
Estate of Thomas Wade allotment of slaves mentions
the following: Ned, Billy, Nancy, Jane, Maria, Peggy, Oliver, Ann
Virginia, Daniel, Henry Clay, Edy, Rhoda and child Cynthia, Nathan,
Sophia, Thomas Jefferson, Charles, Monroe, Kitty the Elder, Mary,
Kitty the less, Sarah, Malinda and child George Harrison, Spencer,
Jourdan, Lucinda, Matilda and child Louisa, Harriet, Austin, Sarah
Frances. Also cited are: George, an old man of about 75 years of
age and Lewis who is sick. (December 1849).
Deed between Benjamin B. Duke and John Jordan, of
colour. For $150, land in Barren Co. Not dated.